A. J. Bernheim Brush

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Alice Jane Bernheim Brush
Born Wilmington, Delaware, US
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Washington
Williams College
Known for Human Computer Interaction
Ubiquitous Computing
computer supported collaborative work
Awards CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (2010)
Website research.microsoft.com/~ajbrush/
Scientific career
Fields Computer Science
Institutions Microsoft Research
Doctoral advisor Alan H. Borning

Alice Jane Bernheim Brush is an American computer scientist known for her research in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and computer supported collaborative work (CSCW). She is particularly known for her research studying and building technology for homes as well as expertise conducting field studies of technology. She is the Co-Chair of CRA-W from 2014-2017.


Brush received a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Williams College in 1996. She received a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1998 and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 2002.

She then was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington from 2002-2004. She then joined Microsoft Research.


Brush currently focuses on home automation research and co-leads the Lab of Things project, a publicly available platform for experimental research using connected devices in homes. Brush's research on the challenges and opportunities of smart homes based on interviews with people living in smart homes [1] informed the design of the Lab of Things software.[2]

Brush and her collaborators conducted research on family coordination and calendaring [3] and built prototypes [4] that influenced Windows Live Calendar and the Windows Phone Family Room feature. Studying use of technology in homes, Brush and her colleagues have repeatedly demonstrated how frequently devices are shared in households,[5] even devices typically considered "personal" such as mobile devices.[6] She has co-developed and tested multiple alternative paradigms for user account management that better match shared usage.[7][8]


Brush received the CRA-W 2010 Borg Early Career Award.[9]

Her other notable awards include:

  • Best Paper Nominee for a CHI 2006 paper: LINC-ing" the Family: The Participatory Design of an Inkable Family Calendar [3]
  • 2011 Pervasive Computing Best Paper Award for: Learning Time-Based Presence Probabilities[10]
  • 2011 Pervasive Computing Best Paper Nominee for: SpeakerSense: Energy Efficient Unobtrusive[11]
  • 2010 Pervasive Health Best Paper Award for: Automatic Classification of Daily Fluid Intake[12]
  • 2005 HICCS Best Paper Nominee for: 'Today' Messages: Lightweight Support for Small Group Awareness via Email[13]


  1. ^ A.J. Bernheim; Brush; Bongshin Lee; Ratul Mahajan; Sharad Agarwal; Stefan Saroiu & Colin Dixon (2011). "Home Automation in the Wild: Challenges and Opportunities". CHI '11 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: 2115–2124. doi:10.1145/1978942.1979249. 
  2. ^ Colin Dixon; Ratul Mahajan; Sharad Agarwal; AJ Brush; Bongshin Lee; Stefan Saroiu & Victor Bahl (2012). "An Operating System for the Home". NSDI'12 Proceedings of the 9th USENIX conference on Networked Systems Design and Implementation: 25–25. 
  3. ^ a b Carman Neustaedter & A.J. Bernheim Brush (2006). ""LINC-ing" the Family: The Participatory Design of an Inkable Family Calendar". CHI '06 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: 141–150. doi:10.1145/1124772.1124796. 
  4. ^ Carman Neustaedter; A.J. Bernheim Brush & Saul Greenberg (2007). "A Digital Family Calendar in the Home: Lessons from Field Trials of LINC". GI '07 Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2007: 199–20?. doi:10.1145/1268517.1268551. 
  5. ^ A.J. Bernheim Brush & Kori M. Inkpen (2007). "Yours, Mine, and Ours? Sharing and Use of Technology in Domestic Environments". UbiComp '07 Proceedings of the 9th international conference on Ubiquitous computing: 109–126. 
  6. ^ Amy Karlson; A.J. Bernheim Brush & Stuart Schechter (2009). "Can I Borrow Your Phone? Understanding Concerns When Sharing Mobile Phones". CHI '09 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: 1647–1650. doi:10.1145/1518701.1518953. 
  7. ^ Serge Egelman; A.J. Bernheim Brush & Kori Inkpen (2008). "Family Accounts: A new paradigm for user accounts within the home environment". CSCW '08 Proceedings of the 2008 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work: 669–678. doi:10.1145/1460563.1460666. 
  8. ^ Eiji Hayashi; Oriana Riva; Karin Strauss; A.J. Brush & Stuart Schechter (2012). "Goldilocks and the Two Mobile Devices: Going Beyond All-Or-Nothing Access to a Device's Applications". SOUPS '12 Proceedings of the Eighth Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security. doi:10.1145/2335356.2335359. 
  9. ^ CRA-W (2014-06-26). "Borg Early Career Award". CRA-W. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  10. ^ "Learning Time-Based Presence Probabilities". Pervasive 2011. 2006. 
  11. ^ Hong Lu; A.J. Bernheim Brush; Bodhi Priyantha; Amy Karlson; Jie Liu. Pervasive (2011). "SpeakerSense: Energy Efficient Unobtrusive". Pervasive 2011. 
  12. ^ Jonathan Lester; Desney Tan; Shwetak Patel; A.J. Bernheim Brush (2010). "Automatic Classification of Daily Fluid Intake". 
  13. ^ A.J. Bernheim Brush & Alan Borning (2005). "'Today' Messages: Lightweight Support for Small Group Awareness via Email". HICSS 2005. 

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