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Seminar: Designing Natural User Interfaces for Children

Julia Woodward

Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing, University of Florida

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am
1100 Torgersen Hall

Julia Woodward


Children are increasingly interacting with technology, such as touchscreen devices, at home, in the classroom, and at museums. However, these devices are not designed to take into account that children interact with devices differently than adults. As children’s everyday use of technology increases, these devices need to be tailored towards children. In this talk, I will present research exploring the differences between how children and adults interact and think about different technology. Our findings lead to a better understanding of how to design technology for children. I will also present some recent work examining how to design information in augmented reality (AR) headsets for both children’s and adults’ task performance. I will conclude with some takeaways and plans for future work in designing natural user interfaces for children.


Julia Woodward is a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing at the University of Florida and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. With a focus on developing new natural user interfaces and new gestural interactions for virtual and augmented reality, Julia’s main research areas include examining how to design better touch and gesture interfaces that are tailored towards children, and understanding how children think about and use technology. She is visiting Virginia Tech as an invited candidate from the Future Faculty Diversity Program.