Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech Welcomes New Technion Faculty Member

July 31, 2017
Kevin Hattori

Dr. Wendy Ju Joins the Jacobs Institute’s Growing Faculty Roster, Brings Wealth of Research and Innovation in the Creation of Robots and Automated Vehicles

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology today announced that Dr. Wendy Ju, a leading researcher and innovator in human-machine interaction, has joined its faculty as an Assistant Professor at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. As Assistant Professor, Ju will be teaching masters students, mentoring PhDs and setting up a research lab at the new Cornell Tech campus, which opens on Roosevelt Island in September.

Assistant Professor Wendy Ju (photo credit: Andy Radin)

“The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute represents the Technion’s growing global influence in tech education. Our faculty represents the best in class and we are incredibly proud of those we have on the ground in New York City,” said Professor Peretz Lavie, President of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. “Dr. Wendy Ju’s work focusing on designing people’s interactions with interactive and autonomous systems will help the Jacobs Institute drive innovation in the creation of robots, automated vehicles and consumer technology devices, and we look forward to her contributions.

The Jacobs Institute combines professors, research and resources from the Technion, a leading global research university that was a vital factor in Israel’s emergence as the “Startup Nation,” and Cornell University, a longtime leader in engineering and computer science. Graduates from the Jacobs Institute’s dual-degree program receive Master’s Degrees from both the Technion and Cornell, providing graduates with greater recognition in an increasingly global workforce.

“Wendy is doing exceptionally innovative work in interaction design.  We are excited for her to bring her cutting-edge research, her wealth of knowledge, and her unique experience to our faculty and our students. We are thrilled to welcome her to the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute,” said Ron Brachman, Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

“The Jacobs Institute offers a global perspective on research, education, technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship. I am particularly drawn to  the Institute’s focus on external engagement.” said Wendy Ju. “I am also very much looking forward to joining the faculty of the Technion, and working with world-class colleagues there on cross-cultural research on interaction with automation.”

Wendy comes to the Jacobs Institute from Stanford University where she served as the Executive Director for Interaction Design at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, and Associate Professor of Interaction Design in the Design MFA program at California College of the Arts. Her work in the areas of human-robot interaction and automated vehicle interfaces highlights the ways that interactive devices can communicate and engage people without interrupting or intruding. She has innovated numerous methods for early-stage prototyping of automated systems to understand how people will respond to systems before the systems are built. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and a Master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Her monograph on The Design of Implicit Interactions was published in 2015.

To learn more about the Technion’s top faculty talent and their groundbreaking research in New York City, please visit www.technion.nyc.

The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute embodies the academic partnership between the Technion and Cornell University on the Cornell Tech campus. The Jacobs Institute degree programs–Health Tech and Connective Media–focus on impacting specific NYC industries instead of traditional disciplines. In addition, recent PhD graduates are building companies at the Jacobs Institute through the Jacobs Runway Startup Postdoctoral program, where postdocs transform their research into new companies and products.

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is a major source of the innovation and brainpower that drives the Israeli economy, and a key to Israel’s renown as the world’s “Start-Up Nation.” Its three Nobel Prize winners exemplify academic excellence. Technion people, ideas and inventions make immeasurable contributions to the world including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, computer science, water conservation and nanotechnology. The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute is a vital component of Cornell Tech, and a model for graduate applied science education that is expected to transform New York City’s economy. Learn more at www.ats.org/nyc or follow #TechnionNYC across social media.

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