Juan Pablo Hourcade is a Professor at The University of Iowa's Department of Computer Science and Director of Graduate Studies for the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics. His main area of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a focus on the design, implementation, evaluation, and ethics of technologies that support creativity, collaboration, well-being, healthy development, and information access for a variety of users, including children and older adults. He conducts research with his students at the HawCHI Lab.
Dr. Hourcade is the author of Child-Computer Interaction, the first comprehensive book on the topic, and has held various leadership roles in his research community (e.g., Papers Co-Chair for CHI 2016 and CHI 2017). He is in the Editorial Board of Interacting with Computers and the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. In 2022, he was named ACM Distinguished Speaker.