The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Scott McCrickard, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at the College of Engineering, for his work at the interface between people and computers.
A leading scholar in the field of HCI— short for Human-Computer Interactions — McCrickard works to understand how people interact with computers and constructs technologies to improve the interaction.
He is interested notification systems, which attempt to efficiently and effectively deliver information to busy multitaskers.
With calendar reminders, driving directions, and other electronic notifications becoming commonplace, McCrickard and colleagues explore the effects of incoming notifications on ongoing computing tasks, and create models to design, implement, and evaluate notification systems.
He is working to promote a cohesive community effort that employs the scientific method and focuses on relevant, real-world problems to improve system interfaces and engineering processes.
His work with applications, generally developed for mobile devices such as tablet PCs, handhelds, and mobile phones, focuses on fields in which appropriate notifications have great value, such as health and wellness, assistive technologies, work-order systems, and educational situations. Relatedly, he works to capture, share, and reuse interface design knowledge.
McCrickard is a co-director of Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research in Computer Science program to encourage undergraduates to engage in research.
With the understanding that excellent people may not feel comfortable entering computing fields, McCrickard actively promotes greater inclusion of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups into computer science. He has received the National Center for Women and Information Technology Research Mentoring Award for his work with women and minority undergraduates.
McCrickard received his doctoral and master’s degrees in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in mathematical and computer sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.