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Stefanie Hutka



Lecturer, Info 213: User Interface Design and Development


I'm an Oakland-based UX researcher and strategist specializing in emerging technologies. I have 12+ years of mixed-methods research experience, both at a start-up and Fortune 500 companies (Adobe, Meta/Facebook).

I've led UXR for numerous 0 to 1 product launches in augmented reality (AR) and 3D (e.g., Adobe Aero, Adobe Substance 3D Suite). I established the UXR function at AR start-up, DAQRI, leading the company’s first case studies on in-field use of enterprise AR hardware and software.

I’ve published 15 peer-reviewed articles, hold several patents on AR and brain-computer interfaces, and have delivered 30+ presentations to industry, academic, and public audiences. Passionate about teaching, I’ve designed and taught user experience research curriculum for product teams and academia.

I hold a PhD in Psychology from the University of Toronto, focusing on auditory cognitive neuroscience. I apply this background to inform neuroscience-based principles for multi-modal XR design.

Before UX and neuroscience came music. I hold an Associate Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in violin performance - a background that was the impetus for studying human perception and cognition. In my spare time, you can find me jamming on anything with strings, composing, or running big miles on trails.

Last updated:

September 25, 2023