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Jennifer Mankoff

Research | Students | Teaching | Bio | CV | Advice | Fun Research My work tackles the technical challenges necessary for everyday individuals and communities to solve real-world problems in domains such as accessibility, health, and sustainability (see all the Make4all projects).  My focus is on computational approaches to fabrication and data analytics. Some of my most recent projects: Students Current PhD students: I love to work with […]

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Michael Rivera

Michael Rivera is a PhD student at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests focus on novel fabrication techniques and mobile device interactions for HCI. He is currently exploring the integration of soft materials into rigid 3D printed objects using physically-based simulation and novel design tools. More information about him is available […]

Nikola Banovic

I am a PhD student working on developing new models of human routine behaviors that will inform the design and support smart agents that help people develop good routines. My most current projects include helping aggressive drivers improve their driving routine to become less aggressive, and helping students develop routines that help them balance their […]

Kirstin Early

I’m a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Machine Learning Department, jointly advised by Jen Mankoff and Steve Fienberg. My research interests are, broadly, using computation to solve challenges in environmental sustainability and intelligently ordering questions in online surveys. I am currently working on utility (electricity and natural gas) prediction for EDigs, dynamic question ordering in […]

Rushil Khurana

Rushil Khurana: I am a P.h.D. student with an interest in sensing and perception to create novel interaction techniques.

Affiliated Faculty

Dan Ashbrook

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies and the Department of Computer Science of the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.My research is in the area of human-computer interaction, where I concentrate on new interaction techniques, devices, and […]

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Henny Admoni

Henny Admoni is a postdoctoral fellow at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where she works on assistive robotics and human-robot interaction with Siddhartha Srinivasa in the Personal Robotics Lab. Henny develops and studies intelligent robots that improve people’s lives by providing assistance through social and physical interactions. She studies how nonverbal communication, such […]

Jon Pearlman

Jon Pearlman, PhD is HERL’s Associate Director of Engineering and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Pearlman earned his BS and MS in mechanical engineering at the UC Berkeley and Cornell University, respectively.  Dr. Pearlman completed his PhD work Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the […]

Jon Schull

Research Scientist, RIT MAGIC Center  ( Jon Schull helped to found E-Nable ( As described in this MSNBC article, he is known for “building a community of volunteers who design, create and donate prosthetic hands made with 3-D printers; and for creating an online platform that connects those volunteers with individuals who need the hands. […]

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Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen

Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen is an Adobe Research Fellow in Human-Computer Interaction, doing his PhD in the School of Computer Science in in Carnegie Mellon University, working with Scott Hudson. His research takes a hybrid of technical and design approach to: • Harness new fabrication technologies to enable end-user creativity in making physical objects of their design; […]

Jodi Forlizzi

Jodi Forlizzi is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a co-founder of, a healthcare startup. Her research ranges from understanding the limits of human attention to understanding how products and services evoke social behavior. She designs and researches systems ranging from peripheral displays to social and […]

Stelian Coros

I am an Assistant Professor in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I received my PhD in Computer Science from theUniversity of British Columbia. My doctoral dissertation was awarded the Alain Fournier Ph.D. Dissertation Annual Award. Prior to joining CMU’s faculty, I was a Research Scientist working in the Disney Research Zurich lab. I […]

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Amy Hurst

Amy Hurst is an Associate Professor of Human-Centered Computing ( in the Information Systems department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a member of the Interactive Systems Research Center ( and runs the Prototyping and Design Lab (  Amy is an accessibility researcher who is interested in understanding the relationships between technology […]

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Lea Albaugh

Lea works on computational fabrication of textiles at Disney Research Pittsburgh’s Textiles Lab. Additionally, her art practice focuses on mediating social and environmental interactions for physical and virtual bodies, primarily via the media of computer games and clothes.

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Sidd Srinivasa

Siddhartha Srinivasa is the Finmeccanica Associate Professor at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He works on robotic manipulation, with the goal of enabling robots to perform complex manipulation tasks under uncertainty and clutter, with and around people. To this end, he founded and directs the Personal Robotics Lab, and co-directs the Manipulation Lab. […]

Jeff Bigham

My research spans HCI, accessibility, crowdsourcing, human computation, artificial intelligence, social computing, computer vision, machine learning, and language technologies. Currently, I am focused on four broad projects: Transitioning crowd-powered systems to automation. I’m working on integrating speech and language technology into Chorus; automatic speech recognition into Scribe; and, automatic computer vision into VizWiz and Zensors. […]

Bob Kraut

Robert E. Kraut Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science Tepper School of Business Center for the Future of Work, Heinz College Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D., Social Psychology, Yale University, 1973 Dr. Kraut has broad interests in the design and social impact of computing and has conducted empirical […]

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Jessica Hodgins

Jessica Hodgins is a Professor in the Robotics Institute and Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also VP of Research, Disney Research, running research labs in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Boston. Prior to moving to Carnegie Mellon in 2000, she was an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean in the College of Computing […]

Scott Hudson

Scott Hudson is a Professor in theHuman-Computer Interaction Institutewithin the School of Computer Science atCarnegie Mellon University where he serves as the founding director of the HCII PhD program. He was previously an Associate Professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and prior to that an Assistant Professor of Computer […]

Mary Goldberg

Mary Goldberg, PhD serves as the Education & Outreach Project Director at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories and is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh.  She has a background in education with a concentration in rehabilitation science; psychology; and Spanish.  She has served as Co-PI on […]

Burak Kara

Professor Kara’s research develops new computational techniques and software to support product design and user interaction with design tools. His research interests include CAD/CAE, product design and styling, geometric modeling, shape analysis, design for additive manufacturing, user interfaces for design, pen computing and artificial intelligence. While founded in mechanical engineering, his research draws upon several […]

Adam Arabian

Dr. Adam Arabian is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Seattle Pacific University where he conducts researcher in the development and evaluation of low-cost prosthetic devices with specific interests in international undeserved populations.  Prior to this he spent fifteen years in industry, most of which was in the world of prosthetic devices.  Prior positions […]

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James McCann

James McCann [research page] [disney page] is an Associate Research Scientist at Disney Research Pittsburgh. He develops systems and interfaces that operate in real-time and build user intuition, with — at present — a focus on textiles artifact design and manufacturing. He also makes video games as TCHOW llc, including recent releases “Rktcr” and “Rainbow“. He […]


Tyler Bray

Tyler J. Bray: I am a freshman studying Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh and volunteering at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. I am interested in prosthetic devices, artificial organs, and 3D printing. I hope to graduate with a biomechanics concentration. I also have plans to study abroad during my time at school.

Megan Hofmann

Megan Hofmann is a visiting Undergraduate Researcher from Colorado State University. Her focus is on improving our understanding of how people with disabilities and their circle of support create customized assistive devices using do-it-yourself and rapid prototyping techniques. Her goal is to use this knowledge to develop tools and methods that improve the efficacy of […]


Gary Yang

Full-stack Developer, visualize data to help people solve problems.

Vikram Kamath

I am a web developer working at the Dean’s office at CMU. In my spare time, I work as a Research Assistant and contribute to EDigs and the Prosthetics study. I enjoy building applications and am learning about research.

Aleks Tapinsh

I am a Computer Science student at the University of Pittsburgh. I work on the backend of the EDIGS project, implemented in Flask and an SQL database under the mentorship of Jennifer Mankoff. I enjoy seeing how little details come together to form a working application.

Nidhi Vyas

I am presently in my Junior year at DA-IICT, India and I work as a remote intern on project ‘eDigs’, mentored by Dr. Jennifer Mankoff at HCI. I was a programmer for building an application on Android and iOS SDK, and we successfully deployed it on both systems. Currently, I am mentored by Dr. Mankoff […]

Megan Hofmann

Megan Hofmann is an undergraduate researcher visiting from Colorado State University. Her research focuses on the intersection of rapid prototyping technology and assistive technology. She is currently working on the DIY Assistive Technology project. She is developing tools that support novice designers and assistive technology users when creating customized devices. The goal of this research […]



Christian Koehler (PhD)

Samsung (co-advised with Anind Dey)

Julia Schwarz

Julia Schwarz (PhD)

Qeexo, Microsoft (co-advised with Scott Hudson)

Sunyoung Kim

Sunyoung Kim (PhD)

Harvard post doc (co-advised with Eric Paulos)

Tawanna Dillahunt

Tawanna Dillahunt (PhD)

University of Michigan

Amy Hurst

Amy Hurst (PhD)

UMBC (co-advised with Scott Hudson)

Scott Carter

Scott Carter (PhD)

FX Pal

Tara Matthews

Tara Matthews (PhD)


Michael Terry (Post Doc)

Taylor Raack (Masters)

Masters Project, CMU VLIS, Stepgreen NILM support 2011-12

Marty McGuire (Masters)

Masters Project, CMU VLIS, Stepgreen Social Website 2007-08

Miriam Walker (Masters)

2003 MS Thesis “High-Fidelity or Low-fidelity, paper or computer? Choosing attributes when testing web prototypes,” UC Berkeley, Masters Report, 2003

Lauren Chapman (Masters)

MS in Design, Spring 2011, co-advised with Suguru Ishizaki: “Design for Chronic Illness: Exploring service systems & new technologies for patients with type 2 diabetes.”

Catherine Grevet (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2009: “Motivating Community-Oriented Behavior through an Online Social visualization,” Wellesley College.

PhD student at Georgia Tech

Devin BLais (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2009: “Green Facebook Applications: A competitive Analysis,” Carnegie Mellon University.

Ana Ramirez (Masters)

2005 MS Thesis “Designing systems that direct human action.” UC Berkeley, co-advised with Mark Davis, SIMS; NSF Fellowship

Scott Lederer (Masters)

MS, Fall 2003, co-advised with Anind Dey: “Designing disclosure: Interactive personal privacy at the dawn of ubiquitous computing.”

Holly Fait (Masters)

2003 MS Thesis “Simulation of user interaction experiences to improve evaluation for accessibility.”

Wai-Ling Ho-Ching (Masters)

MS, Fall 2003, co-advised with James Landy: “Can you see what I hear? The design and evaluation of a peripheral sound display for the deaf.”

Ruth Wylie (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate Honors Thesis, 2003 “The Effects of Computers on Cognitive Assessment,” UC Berkeley.

PhD at CMU; currently faculty at ASU (next position)