Nadir Weibel

Dr. Nadir Weibel, Ph.D.
Computer Science and Engineering
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0404

Office: CSE 3224
Phone: +1 (858) 534-8637

Research Groups and Research Affiliations

Distributed Cognition and Human-Computer Interaction Lab
Ubiquitous Computing + Social Dynamics Research Group
Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems
The UCSD DesignLab
VA San Diego Health Services Research and Development

I am a Research Assistant Professor (Research Scientist and Lecturer) in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego, and a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA San Diego Health System. My work on Human-Centered Computing is situated at the intersection of computer science, cognitive science and the health sciences. I am a computer scientist who investigates tools, techniques and infrastructure supporting the deployment of innovative interactive multimodal and tangible devices in context, and an ethnographer using novel methods for studying and quantifying the cognitive consequences of the introduction of this technology in the everyday life.

My main interests ranges from software engineering to human computer interaction, particularly focusing on mobile health, computer supported cooperative work, medical informatics, mobile and ubiquitous computing. 

In my current work I am developing theory and methods, designing and implementing prototypes, and evaluating the effectiveness of interactive multimodal physical-digital systems such as pen-based and touch-based devices, depth-cameras (e.g. Kinect), wearable and ubiquitous computing (e.g Google Glass), as well as mobile devices, to introduce them as a support for critical settings such as Healthcare.

I am currently Co-Investigator on several funded research projects from the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). My work is also funded by UC San Diego internal funding and the Moxie Foundation.



I am originally from the southern and Italian part of Switzerland (Ticino) where I completed all the basic schools. I hold a master in Computer Science and Engineering from ETH Zurich, where I also completed my Ph.D. in Summer 2009. I joined the University of California San Diego in October 2009, as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Distributed Cognition and Human Computer Interaction Lab. I moved into the faculty of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD and the VA San Diego Health Systems in 2012.
Recent News
  • Extremely honored to be part of the first ever Whitehous Demo day with President Obama with our CocoonCam project.
  • PIRC-Net paper accepted at the 2015 WirelessHealth Conference at the NIH Headquarters in October
  • Moxie Foundation funded our Assistive Technology projects for the next two years!
  • QUICK abstract on Patient-Physician communication was accepted as oral presentation at ICCH
  • Our Anotes paper and asbtract have both been accepted for AMIA
  • The CocoonCam team graduated from the NSF I-Corps program!
Basic Schedule
(During quarters and if not traveling, see below)
  • Mondays/Tuesday/Thursdays: CSE 3224
  • Wednesdays: VMRF (VA Hospital)
  • Fridays: AVRC/HNRP (Hillcrest Campus)
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Travel / Conferences
  • June 26-August 3, Switzerland
  • August 20/21, CICESE, Ensenada, MX
  • October 1/2, DesignLab Retreat, Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA
  • October 10/13, DesignX Conference, Shanghai, China
  • October 14-16, WirelessHealth Conference, NIH Headquarters, Bethesda, USA
  • October 25-28, ICCH Conference, New Orleans, USA
  • November 14-18, AMIA Conference, San Francisco, USA