Willliam Odom

Assistant Professor


PH.D. in Human-Computer Interaction
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (2014)

Fulbright Scholar
Design Department, Queensland College of Art
Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia (2009)

M.S. Human-Computer Interaction / Design
School of Informatics, Indiana University (2008)

B.S. Informatics w/ distinction
Minor: Information Technology, Music
School of Informatics, Indiana University (2006)

B.A. Folklore / Ethnomusicology
College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University (2006)


Dr. William Odom is the first ever Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. His work has appeared at venues including the ACM CHI, DIS, Ubicomp, Creativity & Cognition, and CSCW conferences. He is the co-recipient of four best paper awards (CHI 2011, Ubicomp 2011, DIS 2012, CHI 2014) and three best paper honorable mention awards (CHI 2010, CHI 2013, CHI 2016). His work on the Technology Heirlooms project in collaboration with Microsoft Research received a silver international design excellence award (IDEA) for design research from the Industrial Designers Society of America. He holds a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in the design department at Griffith University Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. In 2008, he took first place awards in the Imagine Cup International Interface Design Competition and the CHI Graduate Student Research Competition.

Research Interests:

I am a human-computer interaction design researcher interested in designing and studying technology that positively shapes the human condition in terms of (i) supporting personal growth, enjoyment, and meaning making (ii) as well as facilitating change capable of crafting viable human and environmental futures. My background spans interaction design, informatics, and anthropology.  


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.