Dhruv "DJ" Jain

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering


I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. My research intersects human-computer interaction (HCI) and applied machine learning (ML), and focuses on sound accessibility. Specifically, I am interested in inventing novel sound sensing and visualization systems to support accessibility and healthcare applications. I completed my PhD from University of Washington, masters from MIT Media Lab, and have worked at Microsoft Research, Google, and Apple.

Research Interests

At the University of Michigan, I direct the Accessibility Lab, where we are actively looking for passionate undergraduates, masters, PhD students, postdocs, and collaborators (see below). Our current focus is on sound, with the long-term vision of making sounds and sound information accessible to everyone, everywhere, be it in noisy restaurants when you have trouble understanding a conversation, or at your home when you are wearing your headphones and miss someone knocking. We are accomplishing this vision through designing user-centric systems with an aim to deliver sound information in alternative ways—using visual or haptic feedback or through enhanced audio. A key aspect of this research is the focus on the user—we are conducting a thorough design process to understand our users' concerns, building technology systems to address those concerns, and deploying and studying our built systems with the users in their natural environments.

Our lab publishes work in the most selective HCI venues such as CHI, UIST, and ASSETS. In the past, seven of our papers have been honored with best paper and honorable mention awards. As well, our systems have been publicly launched (e.g., one system has over 100,000 users), have received attention from industries such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple, and are frequently covered by the press.