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Jerry Alan Fails

Short bio

Jerry Alan Fails is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He loves to teach and help students learn the fundamentals of computer programming and user-centered design. His general area of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a focus on designing technology with and for children. His primary area of research is human-computer interaction (HCI), with a focus on technologies that engage children with one another, get them active, and encourage them to explore the world around them. He has designed technologies with and for children using participatory design methods for the last 19 years. As part of his research he directs an intergenerational design team called Kidsteam. The team consists of young children and adults who work together as partners to improve and design new technologies. He cares deeply about the ethical concerns surrounding children’s involvement in the design process and how data collected about children is utilized. His current projects focus on seeking to support children as they search for information online, understanding privacy and fear within family contexts, supporting children’s privacy and security needs online, and expanding methods of designing technologies with and for children to online, hybrid, and in-person modalities at the local and global scale.

He serves as the College of Engineering Dean Fellow for Graduate Academic Affairs and the Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Computer Science. He is the International Interaction Design and Children (ACM) Steering Committee Chair. He hosted the ACM IDC Conference in Boise in 2019. He serves as an IJCCI Associate Editor among other editorial and reviewing duties.

Research interests

Human-computer interaction, user interfaces, educational technologies, mobile devices, children, families, older adults, design (user-centered, participatory, cooperative inquiry), ubiquitous computing.

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