About hci Researcher & Laura Beckwith
- What does it stand for?
HCI is human-computer interaction
(which the research community uses for studying
how users interact with various technologies).
Research both fits well in what I do and what I
love doing and reading about.
I hold a PhD in computer science from Oregon
State University (USA, 2007), where I was part
of a team researching how to bring software
engineering practices to end-user programmers. I
specifically focused on how gender differences
impact problem solving effectiveness using
software engineering tools integrated into
After finishing my PhD I worked at Microsoft
with the Visual Studio User Experience Team,
studying small business developers and helping
the product team best meet those users’ needs.
At Microsoft I saw the impact my user research
had on product managers and developers, as their
knowledge of our customers evolved into product
Although I have experience and training in
many various areas of human computer
interaction, my greatest strengths are in the
design and implementation of usability studies.
During my PhD work most of these studies were
quantitative, but since then I have conducted
mostly qualitative studies. I enjoy working with
nearly any kind of target audience. I especially
enjoy the challenge of understanding how people
use computers to solve complex problems.
Finally, I am always curious how gender
differences impact how people use software.
I started up independent consulting after I
moved to Copenhagen, Denmark a few years ago.
I enjoy the oppurtunity to work with various
types of software and companies. I am very open
to working with companies all over the world,
and hope to hear from you if you believe my
skills will be of use to your project.
Studies, Persona Development, Contextual
Inquiry, Cognitive Walkthrough, Interaction
The easiest way to reach me is via e-mail:
Via phone: (+45) 5047 1117
c/o hci Researcher
Sønder Boulevard 63, 4.th
DK-1720 Copenhagen V