Jerry Alan Fails is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. His primary focus of research is Human-Computer Interaction, with a current focus on technologies that support children’s creativity, mobility, and collaboration.  He currently directs an intergenerational design team (Kidsteam) at Montclair State University.  The team consists of young children and adults who work together as partners to improve and design new technologies. He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland in 2009, where he was an active member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) for six years while working with Dr. Allison Druin and with the Kidsteam there. In 2003, he received his MS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University where he worked with Dr. Dan Olsen Jr. on perceptual user interfaces.

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