George Fitzmaurice

Research Fellow, Human Computer Interaction and Visualization



George Fitzmaurice, Ph.D. is a Research Fellow and heads the Human Computer Interaction and Visualization Research group. In collaboration with his colleagues he has co-authored and published over 120 research papers and been awarded over 95 patents. During the last 25 years his research has focused on technology-assisted learning systems, knowledge capture and retrieval, highly interactive visualization systems, AR/VR and novel input, and interaction techniques. Some notable research transfer and product contributions include Maya 1.0 UI, SketchBook Pro UI design, the 3D Navigation tools (ViewCube™ and SteeringWheels™), Autodesk Screencast and Sketchbook Motion (awarded Apple iPad App of the Year for 2016).

Fitzmaurice received a B.Sc. in Mathematics with Computer Science at MIT, an M.Sc. in Computer Science at Brown University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He established the field of Graspable UIs which is the pre-cursor to Tangible UIs, and pioneered the concept of spatially-aware displays and situated information spaces with the Chameleon research project. In 2019 he was inducted into the ACM CHI Academy for his substantial contributions to the field of HCI.

In 2024 he was named an ACM Fellow. The ACM Fellows Award honors the remarkable contributions of exceptional members in the computing field. These individuals have illuminated the path for researchers, developers, practitioners, and end users of information technology globally.

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