Joshua Hailpern is a Research Science at HP Labs, part of the Social Computing Lab under Bernardo Huberman. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, receiving a Bachelor of Science with honors, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Music Technology. Joshua received is Masters and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (in 2008 and 2012 respectively). He was advised by Karrie Karahalios. His PhD thesis was titled “Developing HCI Technology to Aid in Communication Research for Individuals with Impairments (a Language and Linguistic Perspective).” In 2012, he was awarded the David J. Kuck Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award for best doctoral thesis in Computer Science at UIUC.
Joshua’s graduate HCI research has focused on using computers to help underserved populations, which has leveraged multiple areas of Computer Science including Visualization, Data Mining, Signal Processing, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval. These CS techniques have been used to explore the use of computers on the web, personal data search, modeling human perception of computer usage, building empathy for family and professionals affected by disabilities, teaching language skills to children with speech delays and Autism, and computer accessibility. In addition, Joshua has established collaborations with faculty in Psychology, Speech and Hearing Science, and Special Education.
In addition to his research activities, Joshua has remained active in the local department and professional communities. For the past three years, Joshua has been a Graduate-Undergraduate mentor for the Women in Computer Science program at UIUC. In addition, in 2010-2011 he served on the Department of Computer Science graduate admissions committee. He also began serving on the Department of Computer Science Graduate Council during Spring 2011. Further, Joshua has been on the ACM SIG ACCESS Program Committee from 2009 to the present.
In addition to his professional and academic pursuits, Joshua is an avid Graphic Designer. His interests in Typography, Layout, Design and Composition have greatly impacted his research, presentations, and this website.