Jane Hoffswell

Research Scientist at Adobe  |  jhoffsuw.edu  | 

Hello! I am a research scientist at Adobe, where I specialize in visualization, human-computer interaction, and programming languages.

I received my PhD from the University of Washington in June 2020, where I was advised by Jeffrey Heer as part of the Interactive Data Lab. After graduation, I remained at the UW as a visiting lecturer teaching undergraduate visualization courses (CSE442 , CSE412 ).

As a graduate student, I interned with Adobe Research twice, first exploring the automatic extraction and interactive repair of data tables from PDF documents [CHI 2019], then the design of responsive visualizations that adapt the content based on the screen size or interactive capabilties of the viewer's device [CHI 2020 ].

As a graduate student, I interned with Adobe Research twice, first exploring the automatic extraction and interactive repair of data tables from PDF documents [CHI 2019], then the design of responsive visualizations that adapt the content based on the screen size or interactive capabilties of the viewer's device [CHI 2020 ].

In general, my work explores how the design of new declarative programming languages [EuroVis 2018, VIS 2015] can help users better focus on the most important tasks at hand, and how visualizations can facilitate program understanding by clearly representing the program state [EuroVis 2016] and proactively surfacing surprising or incorrect results [CHI 2018]. Finally, my work examines how improved tools can better align with and enrich users mental models [CHI 2020 ].

I received my Bachelors in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College in 2014 and my Masters from the University of Washington in 2016. Outside of research, I love to travel and take photographs.

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