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Jane Hoffswell

Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science  &  Engineering

University of Washington | PhD Candidate | jhoffsuw.edu

Hello! I am currently a sixth year PhD candidate in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. I am advised by Professor Jeffrey Heer as part of the Interactive Data Lab.

My research examines the design of interactive systems to help end user programmers better author, understand, and reuse both code and data. New declarative programming languages [VIS 2015, EuroVis 2018] can raise the level of abstraction to focus on domain-specific details. Visualizing program state and behavior promotes program understanding [EuroVis 2016] and can proactively surface surprising or incorrect results [CHI 2018]. Improved tools can better align with and enrich users mental models [CHI 2020]. My work combines techniques from visualization, human-computer interaction, and programming languages.

I received my Bachelors in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College in 2014 and my Masters from the University of Washington in 2016. As a graduate student, I interned with Adobe Research twice, exploring the design of responsive visualizations [CHI 2020] and the extraction and repair of data tables from PDFs [CHI 2019]. Outside of research, I love to travel and take photographs.

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