Gunnar Harboe worked 2004–2010 as a user experience researcher in Motorola Labs (based in Schaumburg, Illinois outside of Chicago), for some of that time as a colleague of Prof. Huang. His work there involved exploratory user research and designing, developing and testing new experiences in prototype form. He has done extensive research on the social dimension of media use, particularly focusing on the emerging field of social television. His most recent work explored new interactive TV experiences, and communication with elderly family members. The underlying research interest that has drawn him to these topics is in new technologies for everyday use.
Gunnar has a Master's degree in Human–Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from reading Computer Science at the University of Cambridge. He recently joined ZPAC as a PhD student.