Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro he/him

Associate Professor of Computer Science

University of Washington

About Me

I am a professor in, the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington(UW), and am the Allen School’s associate director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA), as well as co-director of the Center for Learning, Computing, and Imagination.

I am a learning scientist, and my research usually, though not always, focuses on helping youth learn computer science.

In addition to my role at UW, I am also a researcher in Apple’s Human-Centered Machine Learning group.

  • PhD in Learning Sciences, 2009

    Northwestern University

  • BA in Independent Studies, 2002

    University of California San Diego

Recent Publications

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(2024). Co-ML: Collaborative Machine Learning Model Building for Developing Dataset Design Practices. ACM Transactions on Computing Education.

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(2024). ContextQ: Generated Questions to Support Meaningful Parent-Child Dialogue While Co-Reading. Proceedings of ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) 2024.

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(2023). Collaborative Machine Learning Model Building with Families Using Co-ML. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference.

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(2023). Improving Computing Education Research through Valuing Design. Communications of the ACM.

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(2023). Middle schoolers' trajectories of identification and wayfaring through a pet science workshop. Proceedings of the 2023 International Conference of the Learning Sciences.