Alex Thayer, PhD is a researcher at Google and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Human Centered Design & Engineering department at the University of Washington. Prior to Google, Alex was Head of Research for Amazon (Search) and the Chief Experience Architect for HP Labs. Alex's professional work focuses on explorations of the social-technical gap and how we make sense of people's habits, practices, and messy lives. His academic work spans topics that include multimodal interaction and education, professional collaboration and relationship work, and digital gaming. He has published 10 patents on haptic feedback systems, immersive displays, and wearable technology.
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