Dr. Axel Roesler is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Interaction Design Program in the Division of Design at the University of Washington. He joined the Division of Design in 2005. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering (HCDE), faculty in the Master of Human-Computer Interaction+Design Program (MHCI+d), and affiliate faculty in Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) at University of Washington in Seattle.
He is founding faculty of the Interaction Design Program and founding member of the UW DUB (design/use/build) group, an interdisciplinary coalition of HCI and design oriented programs at University of Washington to pioneer cross-disciplinary education for future human-computer interaction design professionals.
Roesler received his PhD in Cognitive Systems Engineering with a specialization in Human Centered Design from The Ohio State University. His dissertation work focused on the coordination of perspectives in the remote control of views. He holds an MFA in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University and a Diplom in Industrial Design (equivalent to MA) from Burg Giebichenstein, Hochschule für Kunst und Design (University of Art and Design) in Halle, Germany.
His research interests are interaction design; industrial design; design and cognition - representation, sensemaking and decision support; systems; distributed cognition, visual storytelling, envisioning, design methods, and process.
Roesler has worked with major technology partners on interaction design projects for high stakes settings in aviation and medicine, interaction design for consumer products, mobile computing, wearable computing, holographic interaction, and the Internet of Things.
Recent research projects explore new interaction design concepts for the commercial flight deck, real time documentation of medical emergencies, design frameworks for line of sight interaction, and new interaction models for mobile and wearable computing. Industry partners and research collaborators include Boeing, Microsoft, Honeywell Aerospace, Intel, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Group Health, and the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies at the UW School of Medicine.