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Professor Per Ola Kristensson

Professor of Interactive Systems Engineering, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

About me

Per Ola Kristensson leads the Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre He is a co-founder and co-director of the Centre for Human-Inspired Artificial Intelligence at the University of Cambridge.

He is interested in designing intelligent interactive systems that enable people to be more creative, expressive and satisfied in their daily lives. His PhD thesis was on gesture keyboard technology, which he co-invented together with Dr Shumin Zhai in 2001-2002, and in 2007 he co-founded ShapeWriter, Inc. to commercialise this technology. He was the Director of Engineering of this company until it was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2010. ShapeWriter was selected as the 8th best iPhone application by Time magazine in 2008 and won a Google Android ADC50 developer award in the same year. Today gesture keyboard technology is a ubiquitous mobile text entry method available in most mobile phones and tablets.

In 2013 he was recognised as an Innovator Under 35 (TR35) by MIT Technology Review and appointed a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. In 2014 he won the ACM User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) Lasting Impact Award and the Royal Society of Edinburgh Early Career Prize in Physical Sciences, the Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal.

He is an Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction and ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems and serves as a Technical Program Co-Chair for ACM CHI 2023, the premier international conference on human-computer interaction.



2014: ACM User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) Lasting Impact Award

2014: Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal

2013: MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 (TR35)

2005: ACM CHI Best Doctoral Consortium Contribution Award