Raluca Budiu

Senior Researcher

Raluca Budiu is a Senior Researcher with Nielsen Norman Group. At NN/g she consults for clients from a variety of industries and presents tutorials on mobile usability, usability of touch devices, cognitive psychology for designers, and principles of human computer interaction. She coauthored the NN/g reports on tablet usability, mobile usability, iPad usability, and the usability of children's websites. Raluca is also coauthor of the new book Mobile Usability and she served as a judge for GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2012-2015 and Tabby Awards 2013.

Raluca previously worked at Xerox PARC, doing research in human-computer interaction. At PARC, she built computational models of how people search for information in visualizations of large data structures. She also explored new ways of measuring information scent and conducted research on interfaces for social bookmarking systems and on the cognitive benefits of tagging.

Raluca was also a user researcher at Microsoft Corporation, where she explored future directions and made strategic recommendations for incorporating user-generated content and social web features into MSN.

Raluca has authored more than 20 articles and conference presentations on human-computer interaction, psychology, and cognitive science. She holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Selected Interviews and Press Mentions


  • Microsoft
    User Experience Researcher

  • Xerox PARC


  • Ph. D., Computer Science
    Carnegie Mellon University

  • M.S. Computer Science
    Carnegie Mellon University

  • B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
    Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania



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