Jen_Mankoff2 Jennifer Mankoff: I love to work with undergraduate and masters students and have mentored more than I can count. My mentorship always tries to include career advice as well as project advice, whether students are going on to research or not. Many students have gone on to careers in research, however, including some current faculty (Julie Kientz, Gary Hsieh, Ruth Wylie). There are at least 50 other students who are alumni of my group who are not currently listed on this page but who all made important contributions to my work over the years.


Alex Chen:I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. My research interests include User-Centred Design, Human Factors and Human Behaviour on the Web, and Web Accessibility. The focus of my research aims to improve the user experience and the accessibility of digital information for elderly and physically challenged users.
Hongbo Ni:I’m a visiting scholar to CMU, and from NPU China. My research interests including: Health sensing and assessment, IoT and Smart home, Assisting Technology. Currently, I’m working on several healthcare projects related to prosthetic usage and chronic disease recognition.

PhD students

Nikola 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 academic success and their health and wellbeing.
my_home (1) Kirstin Early: I’m a fourth-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 surveys like the American Community Survey from the Census, and analyzing the effects of gender and authorship in CS/HCI publications.
Dimeji Onafuwa (co-advised with Cameron Tonkinwise)
Mark Baldwin (informal co-advisee, with Gillian Hayes)


duncan Duncan McIsaac: I’m a Senior studying Information Systems with a minor in HCI, graduating in the spring. I’m interested in full stack development, music, and coffee. My year-long honors thesis is to improve web accessibility. I’m researching how I can map web content to keys on a keyboard to communicate website structure to the visually impaired.

Research Interns

MeganHofmann Megan Hofmann: I’m an undergraduate researcher visiting from Colorado State University. My research focuses on the intersection of rapid prototyping technology and accessibility. Currently, my research is focused on using 3D printing technology to design complex, customized assistive devices, such as prosthetics and to build tools that make the design of these devices more accessibile to their users and to novice designers.
Vikram Kamath: I am a web developer working. I work as a research assistant and contribute to EDigs and the Prosthetics study. I enjoy building applications and am learning about research.
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 and am working independently as a researcher on a project called ‘SunScore’. I have found a method to give a lightweight estimate of the internal light level a room gets, compared to the external light level, just by looking at the Satellite and Street View of it provided by Google Earth.
Gary Yang: Full-stack Developer, visualize data to help people solve problems.

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  • Christian Koehler (PhD): Samsung (co-advised with Scott Hudson)
  • Julia Schwarz (PhD): Qeexo, Microsoft (co-advised with Scott Hudson)
  • Sunyoung Kim (PhD): Harvard post doc (co-advised with Eric Paulos)
  • Tawanna Dillahunt (PhD): University of Michigan
  • Amy Hurst (PhD): UMBC (co-advised with Scott Hudson)
  • Scott Carter (PhD): FX Pal
  • Tara Matthews (PhD): Google
  • Michael Terry (Post Doc)
  • Taylor Raack (Masters Project, CMU VLIS, Stepgreen NILM support 2011-12)
  • Marty McGuire (Masters Project, CMU VLIS, Stepgreen Social Website 2007-08)
  • Miriam Walker, 2003 MS Thesis “High-Fidelity or Low-fidelity, paper or computer? Choosing attributes when testing web prototypes,” UC Berkeley, Masters Report, 2003
  • Lauren Chapman (co-advised with Suguru Ishizaki): MS in Design, Spring 2011: “Design for Chronic Illness: Exploring service systems & new technologies for patients with type 2 diabetes.”
  • Ana Ramirez (co-advised with Mark Davis, SIMS; NSF Fellowship): MS, Fall 2005: “Designing systems that direct human action.”
  • Scott Lederer (co-advised with Anind Dey; NDSEG Fellowship): MS, Fall 2003: “Designing disclosure: Interactive personal privacy at the dawn of ubiquitous computing.”
  • Holly Fait MS, 2003:”Simulation of user interaction experiences to improve evaluation for accessibility.”
  • Wai-Ling Ho-Ching (Co-advised with James Landay): MS, 2003. “Can you see what I hear? The design and evaluation of a peripheral sound display for the deaf.”
  • Catherine Grevet, 2009 (Undergraduate Honors Thesis): “Motivating Community-Oriented Behavior through an Online Social visualization,” Wellesley College. Undergraduate Honors Thesis
  • Devin Blais, ~2007 (Undergraduate Honors Thesis): “Green Facebook Applications: A competitive Analysis,” Carnegie Mellon University. Undergraduate Honors Thesis.
  • Ruth Wylie, ~2003 (Undergraduate Honors Thesis): “The Effects of Computers on Cognitive Assessment,” UC Berkeley. Undergradutae Honors Thesis.