George Fitzmaurice

Dr. George Fitzmaurice is a Research Fellow and runs the Human Computer Interaction and Visualization Research Group for Autodesk. The group researches and evaluates emerging technologies and designs interactions and experiences that enhance human performance. For over 10 years, he and his team have focused on data-driven Human Learning and the Future of Work.

In collaboration with his colleagues he has co-authored and published over 120 research papers and been awarded over 95 patents. During the last 25 years his research has focused on technology-assisted learning systems, knowledge capture and retrieval, highly interactive visualization systems, AR/VR and novel input, and interaction techniques. Some notable research transfer and product contributions include Maya 1.0 UI, SketchBook Pro UI design, the 3D Navigation tools (ViewCube™ and SteeringWheels™), Autodesk Screencast and Sketchbook Motion (awarded Apple iPad App of the Year for 2016).

Fitzmaurice received a B.Sc. in Mathematics with Computer Science at MIT, an M.Sc. in Computer Science at Brown University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Toronto. He established the field of Graspable UIs which is the pre-cursor to Tangible UIs, and pioneered the concept of spatially-aware displays and situated information spaces with the Chameleon research project. In 2019 he was inducted into the ACM CHI Academy for his substantial contributions to the field of HCI.