Scott Davidoff


Scott Davidoff is a senior manager of Human-Centered Design at NASA’s JPL, where he leads design of the software to command all JPL spacecraft, and research into future command technologies including JPL’s VR tools such as Virtual Mars. As a Principal Investigator, Dr. Davidoff researches new ways to explore the Universe using Virtual and Augmented Reality, and to visualize high dimensional scientific and engineering data. Dr. Davidoff is also the creator of numerous lightweight prototyping methods that now form part of Design and Human-Computer Interaction curricula.
Across his over 20 years of experience, Dr. Davidoff was awarded both the Voyager and Mariner Prizes from the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, as well as best papers from ACM’s Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), and the Design and Emotion Society (D&E;). He has helped steer the discipline, serving on program committees that include the ACM’s Conferences on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), and Tangible and Embedded Interfaces (TEI). Prior to JPL, Dr. Davidoff taught Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, and earlier was Principal Designer at Scott Davidoff Design. Dr. Davidoff has a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction, an MS in Computer Science (Research), and an M.HCI in Human-Computer Interaction (Practice), all from Carnegie Mellon.