Meet the LabintheWild Team!

LabintheWild tests your abilities and preferences. At the end of each experiment, you will see a page with your personalized feedback, which lets you compare yourself and your performance to other people around the world.

By participating, you contribute to research on people's similarities and differences and help improve users' experience when interacting with technology. We believe that research should be done in collaboration with people—people like you from all over the world who are interested in learning about themselves and helping research. With your help, we can, for example, compare the website preferences of people from different countries, or analyze what user interfaces should look like if optimized for the mouse interaction abilities of certain age groups.



  • Katharina Reinecke

    Katharina co-founded LabintheWild to study how culture influences people's preferences and abilities when they interact with technology. She is an ardent aficionado of Swedish furniture and loves being surrounded by bright colors. (This is not at all contradictory!) In addition to overseeing LabintheWild, she is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington, researches culturally adaptive user interfaces, and throws the craziest fondue parties.

  • Krzysztof Gajos

    Krzysztof co-founded LabintheWild to study people of different age groups and with different abilities. He is an Associate Professor at our offsite location, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he is frequently seen having walking meetings in Harvard Yard or playing volleyball with his students. Not surprisingly, he is super smart and has freaked out huge numbers of people by correctly guessing their age based only on their mouse movements.

  • Trevor Croxson

    Trevor is currently a research scientist at the University of Washington. After stints in the nonprofit world, Trevor received a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, and came to work with LabintheWild after graduation. Rumor has it that he is preparing to appear in a LabintheWild costume on Halloween. Each year.

  • Kyle Thayer

    Kyle is a PhD student at the University of Washington Department of Computer Science and Engineering. His research interests are in culture and education and how those relate to software engineering. He enjoys reading and spending time outside with his family.

  • Nigini A. Oliveira

    Nigini is a Brazilian PhD candidate at the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, and is visiting the University of Washington as part of his research on designing online collaboration for different cultures. He joined LabintheWild with a big interest in developing communities and promoting open science. He loves reading fiction and riding bikes. Some say he speaks a little too much and laughs a little too loud.

  • Miriel the Cat

    Miriel manages the LabintheWild team with charm and creative distraction strategies. She also likes posing as a photo model for our experiments, so make sure to look out for cute cat pics while you’re taking our studies!



Other contributors:

Daniel Zangri, Dianna Hu, Jenny Liu, Jonathan Taratuta-Titus, Jun Sup Lee, Tiffany Liu, Michelle Luo, Kenneth Arnold, Nancy Chen, Norman Zhu, Pao Siangliulue, Steve Komarov, Rishav Mukherji, William Xiao, Yuechen Zhao, Ryan Burton, Yan Chen, Carol Moser, Vaishnav Kameswaran




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