Helen Wauck

wauck2 at illinois dot edu

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. student, August 2014 - Present
Department of Computer Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A., Honors Computer Science and Mathematics
Gustavus Adolphus College

Research Interests

I study the cognitive science of learning and motivation, primarily in video games. I am a member of the Cascade Lab and the Human-Computer Interaction research group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am also a founding member of the SpatialCS research group, which brings together students and faculty across computer science, education, psychology, and engineering to study technology-based approaches to training spatial reasoning skills in children and adults. I am co-advised by Professor Wai-Tat Fu and Professor Brian Bailey.


Coming Fall 2018

Pilot studies of some new online games for training spatial reasoning skills! Stay tuned!



Analyzing the Effects of Photorealistic, Self-Similar Avatars on Player Performance and Experience


Data-Driven Hint Systems in Puzzle Games


Online Design Feedback: Peers Versus Crowds