Dr. Ted Selker is known for demonstrating new ways of using technology and designing products. He creates and guides, strategic emerging technology opportunities for clients such as Colgate, Google, E-government, Herman Miller, Sanyang Motors, OLPC, IBM, ITRI, Mars, MasterCard, Magic Leap, Nortel, Philips, Phil Morris and many startup companies.
Ted Selker lectures and works with universities on design and User eXperience research programs. Ted Selker created the Considerate Systems research project and helped create the research direction of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley. Ted spent ten years as an associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he ran the Context Aware Computing group, and directed the Design Intelligence: product design of the future project. His work is noted for creating demonstrations o fa world in which intentions are recognized and respected in complex domains physical and online domains. Ted’s work takes the form of prototyping concept products supported by cognitive science research. He has run projects at MIT to promote emerging technology opportunities for ALPS, British Telecom, Campbell’s soups , Cleanup kitchens, Chrysler, Ford, Giant, Hallmark, Kaiser Permanente, Lear, Lego, McDonalds, Merloni, Motorola, Ricoh, Saab, Steelcase, Swatch, Panasonic, Pepsi, Post cereals, USPS for the voting industry and others.
Prior to joining the MIT faculty in November 1999, he gained him the title of IBM Fellow where Ted directed the User Systems Ergonomics Research Lab. He has served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Brown Universities and worked at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs Ted's research has contributed to products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. For example, his design of the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device is used in many notebook computers, his visualizations have been responsible for performance and usability improvements in products and his adaptive help system was the basis of products as well.
Ted’s work has resulted innumerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the national and international press. Ted was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006 and the Telluride Tech fest award in 2008.