Jaime Teevan

Jaime Teevan is an American computer scientist known for her research in human-computer interaction and information retrieval. She is particularly known for the work she has done on personalized search. According to the Technology Review, Teevan "is a leader in using data about people's knowledge, preferences, and habits to help them manage information.[1]"

Jaime Teevan
Born1976 (age 44–45)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Yale University
AwardsTR35 (2009)
Borg Early Career Award (2014)
Karen Spärck Jones Award (2016)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
Human-Computer Interaction
Information Retrieval
InstitutionsMicrosoft Research
Doctoral advisorDavid Karger


Teevan received a B.S. in Computer Science from Yale University and a Ph.D. and S.M. from MIT.[2][3]

She is currently a researcher at Microsoft Research and an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington. There she co-authored the first book on collaborative information seeking,.[4] She also edited a book on Personal Information Management (PIM),[5] edited a special issue of Communications of the ACM on the topic, and organized workshops on PIM and query log analysis. She has published numerous technical papers, including several best papers, and was chair of the Web Search and Data Mining (WSDM) 2012 conference.

Teevan works on 'microproductivity,' breaking down complex tasks into a series of microtasks that can be completed more easily and efficiently.[6] She also developed the concept of selfsourcing, where microtasks are completed by the task owner rather than crowd workers.[7] A 2017 article in the New York Magazine quotes her as saying, "I could probably pretty easily find an extra hour in my day at work, just in these little micro-moments of time when I’m not being productive." [8]


Teevan was named a Technology Review (TR35) 2009 Young Innovator for her research on personalized search[1] and received the CRA-W Borg Early Career Award (BECA) in 2014.[9] In 2016 she received the Karen Spärck Jones award from the British Computer Society for her "technically strong and exceptionally creative contributions to the intersection of information retrieval, user experience and social media." [10]


Teevan is married to Alexander Hehmeyer.[11] The couple live in Bellevue, Washington and have four children.[12] Teevan is an advocate for helping researchers successfully integrate parenthood and academic efforts.[9]


  1. ^ a b Kleiner, Kurt (August 2009). "TR35: Jaime Teevan, 32". Technology Review. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2011-03-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Morris, Meredith Ringel and Teevan, Jaime (2010). Collaborative Search: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Morgan and Claypool Publishers. ISBN 978-1-60845-121-0.
  5. ^ Jones, William; Teevan, Jaime, eds. (2007). Personal Information Management. University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-0-295-98737-8.
  6. ^ Teevan, Jaime (Winter 2016). "The Future of Microwork" (PDF). XRDS. 23 (2): 26–29. doi:10.1145/3019600.
  7. ^ Teevan, Jaime; Liebling, Daniel J.; Lasecki, Walter S. (2014). "Selfsourcing personal tasks" (PDF). CHI.
  8. ^ Meade, Julie. "The Computer-Science Researcher Who Wants to Help Automate Your Work Life". New York Magazine. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  9. ^ a b Knies, Rob (April 2014). "Researcher Teevan Wins Borg Early Career Award". Inside Microsoft Research. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  10. ^ "KSJ Award". Irsg.bcs.org. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  11. ^ "WEDDINGS; Jaime Teevan, Alexander Hehmeyer". New York Times. June 16, 2002. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  12. ^ Vanderkam, Laura (6 June 2015). "Women with Big Jobs and Big Families: Balancing Really Isn't That Hard". Fortune. Retrieved 14 September 2015.

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