Dr. Wendy Ju is Executive Director for Interaction Design Research 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 Engineer- ing 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.

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Executive Director, Center for Design Research (2013 - Present)

2016-17 Courses

All Publications

  • Approachability: How People Interpret Automatic Door Movement as Gesture INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DESIGN Ju, W., Takayama, L. 2009; 3 (2)
  • The design of implicit interactions: Making interactive systems less obnoxious DESIGN ISSUES Ju, W., Leifer, L. 2008; 24 (3): 72-84