Selker, Ted


Ted Selker innovates and mentors innovation for individual innovators, startups and large corporations. Specializing in seeding and driving strategic initiatives, he is known for guiding strategic emerging technology opportunities.  His clients have included companies such as Colgate Palmolive, Google, E-government, Herman Miller, Sanyang Motors, OLPC, IBM, ITRI, Mars, MasterCard, Nortel, PIXAR, Philips, Phil Morris, and Willow Garage, among others. Selker is associate director of the center for mobility research at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley driving considerate computing research, teaching User experience, and product design.  He spent ten years as an associate professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he ran the Context Aware Computing group, and directed the Counter Design Intelligence: product design of the future project. His work is noted for creating demonstrations of a world in which intentions are recognized and respected in complex domains, such as kitchens, cars, on phones and in email.  Selker’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, and USPS for the voting industry, among others.

Selker’s successes at IBM gained him the title of IBM Fellow where he directed the User Systems Ergonomics Research Lab. He has also served as a consulting professor at Stanford University, taught at Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Brown University as well as working at Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs.  Selker's work has been central  to successes  of  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.  Additionally, his visualizations have been responsible for performance and usability improvements in products along with adaptive help system that became the basis of the products.   Selker’s work has resulted in numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press.  He 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.