Norman Makoto Su


Previously, I spent many happy years as faculty in Human Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d) at Indiana Univeristy’s Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Information & Library Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland. I did my PhD in Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. I was also an ARCS scholar at UCI. Gloria Mark (advisor), Bo Begole, Martha S. Feldman, and David Redmiles were on my committee. During my PhD, I did internships at IBM, The Aerospace Corporation, and PARC. My BA was in Computer Science with a Music minor at the University of California, Berkeley. My last year as an undergrad was spent as an exchange abroad student in Shorjio Nishio’s lab at Osaka University, Japan. Living abroad is something I recommend everyone do at least once.

I grew up in San Martin, California, a small unincorporated community. We were sandwiched between the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras and the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Gilroy is maybe now better known for its outlets. My brother, Brian, is a talented game developer and artist who lives in Australia.


I’m mad for trad. I play the tin whistle and the Irish flute (Bryan Duggan was my teacher). I love to play piano as well. My favorite composer is Robert Schumann.


Here are some of my favorite software tools that I use frequently. For this website, I use:

  • Layout: Pure
  • Static website management: nanoc

When writing papers, I use:

When analyzing, I use: