Katharina Reinecke is an Associate Professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering who researches and teaches Human-Computer Interaction and Computing Ethics. She earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, a diploma (comparable to M.Sc.) in computer science from the University of Koblenz in Germany and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Katharina's research in Human-Computer Interaction explores various unintended consequences of technology, such as how technology is often invariably biased against people who are unlike those who commonly design and develop it. Her lab develops systems that help researchers, designers, and developers to better understand and overcome these biases by supporting them in creating more equally beneficial technology. Katharina co-founded LabintheWild, a virtual lab launched in 2012 that has obtained data from nearly 5 million users from over 200 countries through online behavioral studies.
Katharina previously was an assistant professor in the School of Information and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Her work has earned various Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards at premier venues for Human-Computer Interaction and an NSF CAREER award, among others. Her research is funded by the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Google, Adobe, and Facebook.