Spotlight on Alumni – Gillian Hayes

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Gillian Hayes Takes UbiComp/HCI Research to UC-Irvine


Gillian Hayes is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Informatics, School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.

Gillian's research interests are in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, assistive and educational technologies, and medical informatics. She is interested in issues surrounding the technology needs of people in chronic-care situations. At UC Irvine, Gillian directs the social and technological action research (STAR) group, and she is affiliated with the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, the Center for Ethnography, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, the Center for Research on Information Technology & Organizations, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and ACE program faculty.

Gillian earned her Ph.D. in computer science in 2007 from the College of Computing’s School of Computer Science, and her bachelor’s in computer science from Vanderbilt University.


  • Celebration of Teaching Award for Pedagogical Innovation, 2009
  • UCI Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Mentor of the Month, June 2009
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, 2008
  • IBM Ph.D. Fellowship, 2006-2007
  • Georgia Tech Don Bratcher Human Relations Award, 2005
  • Organization for Autism Research Graduate Research Fellowship, 2004-05
  • Georgia Tech President’s Fellowship, 2002-07
  • John P. Imlay Dean’s Chair Endowment Fellowship, 2002-06