James McCann

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Headshot of Jim McCannJames 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 obtained his PhD in 2010 from Carnegie Mellon University.

Lea Albaugh

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Head shots of Lea Albaugh with varying degrees of silliness.

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.

Jessica Hodgins

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Headshot of Jessica HodginsJessica 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 at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. Her research focuses on computer graphics, animation, and robotics with an emphasis on generating and analyzing human motion. She has received a NSF Young Investigator Award, a Packard Fellowship, and a Sloan Fellowship. She was editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Graphics from 2000-2002 and ACM SIGGRAPH Papers Chair in 2003. In 2010, she was awarded the ACM SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics Achievement Award.

Henny Admoni

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unnamedHenny 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 as eye gaze and pointing, can improve assistive interactions by revealing underlying human intentions and increasing human-robot communication. Henny completed her PhD in Computer Science at Yale University with Professor Brian Scassellati. Her PhD dissertation was about modeling the complex dynamics of nonverbal behavior for socially assistive human-robot interaction. Henny holds an MS in Computer Science from Yale University, and a BA/MA joint degree in Computer Science fromWesleyan University. Henny’s scholarship has been recognized with awards such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, and the Palantir Women in Technology Scholarship.

Sidd Srinivasa

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siddhartha_srinivasa_6Siddhartha 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. He has been a PI on the Quality
of Life Technologies NSF ERC, DARPA ARM-S and the CMU CHIMP team on

Sidd is also passionate about building end-to-end systems (HERB, ADA, HRP3, CHIMP, Andy, among others) that integrate perception, planning, and control in the real world. Understanding the interplay between system components has helped produce state of the art algorithms for object recognition and pose estimation (MOPED), and dense 3D modeling (CHISEL, now used by Google Project Tango).
Sidd received a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1999, an MS in 2001 and a PhD in 2005 from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He
played badminton and tennis for IIT Madras, captained the CMU squash team, and likes to run ultra marathons.

Amy Hurst

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AmyHurst 8858 smallAmy Hurst is an Associate Professor of Human-Centered Computing (http://hcc.umbc.edu/) in the Information Systems department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a member of the Interactive Systems Research Center (http://isrc.umbc.edu/) and runs the Prototyping and Design Lab (http://pad.umbc.edu/).  Amy is an accessibility researcher who is interested in understanding the relationships between technology and empowerment. She is actively studying the DIY / Maker movement and the opportunities for digital fabrication in assistive technology, therapy, and special education.

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 applications. Historically I have concentrated on wearable and mobile computing, with the goal of allowing people to be less focused on their technology and more engaged with the world, while still reaping the creativity and productivity benefits of their devices. My current research continues this thread while adding a second focus on helping non-experts more easily understand and use personal fabrication technology such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC routers.

More information can be found on my website at http://fetlab.rit.edu/dan.

Jennifer Mankoff

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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.

I am currently looking for students interested in working on

  1. mobile device (phone/watch) sensing to track behavior; assistive device use; and so on.
  2. 3D printers to innovate on the objects produced and the software used to produce them;
  3. assistive technology, particularly focused on tangible devices and interaction techniques for use by the blind
  4. analysis of health-related support group data and reviews to understand issues around health disparities
  5. lots of other projects 🙂

Some of my most recent projects:

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Current PhD students:

Nikola Banovic (co-advised with Anind Dey); Megan Hofmann (co-advised with Scott Hudson); Mark Baldwin (co-advised with Gillian Hayes)

Former PhD Students:

Christian Koehler; Sunyoung Kim; Scott Carter; Tara Matthews; Julia SchwarzTawanna Dillahunt; Amy Hurst; and Kirstin Early.

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 undergraduate students I advised 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. Some current mentees:

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Recent Alumni I mentored/advised:

Additional alumni can be found on the People page.


I love to teach, and have put significant time into curriculum development over the years.

  • I am currently developing a new course on data centric computing, called The Data Pipeline. The course is accessible to novice programmers and includes a series of tutorials that can support independent online learning.
  • I helped to redesign the HCI Masters course User Centered Research and Evaluation, specifically bringing a real world focus to our skills teaching around contextual inquiry
  • I developed an online course specifically for folks who want to know enough program to be able to prototype simple interfaces (targeted at our incoming masters students). The course is available free online at CMU’s Open Learning Initiative under “Media Programming”
  • I developed and taught the Environment and Society course over the last five years. This was a project oriented course that took a very multifaceted look at the role of technology in solving environmental problems.
  • I helped to develop a reading course that is required for our PhD students to ensure that they have depth in technical HCI: CS Mini
  • Assistive Technology: I developed and taught one of the first Assistive Technology courses in the country (specifically from an HCI perspective), and I used a service learning model to do so. Original class
  • I have helped to revamp Process and Theory over the years, a skills course intended for our first year PhD students.


My Bachelor’s of Arts was done at Oberlin College, where I was a member of two great societies — FOO and ACM. I received my Ph.D. as a member of the Future Computing Environments research group in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech , Gregory Abowd and Scott Hudson were my advisors. I then spent three formative years at UC Berkeley as an Assistant Professor working with the I/O group and 12 years at CMU before joining the faculty of the University of Washington. My “Academic genealogy” on the Abowd side.

Bio:  Jennifer Mankoff is the Richard E. Ladner Professor in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on making technology that can be used to address issues impacting diversity, in domains such as accessibility for people with disabilities, health, and sustainability. Jennifer applies a human-centered approach that combines empirical methods and technical innovation to solve pressing social problems. For example, she has designed 3D-printed assistive technologies for people with disabilities and developed tools to influence energy saving behavior in landlord/tenant communities.

Jennifer received her PhD at Georgia Tech, advised by Gregory Abowd and Scott Hudson, and her B.A. from Oberlin College. Her previous faculty positions include UC Berkeley’s EECS department and Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute. Jennifer has been recognized with an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, IBM Faculty Fellowship and Best Paper awards from ASSETS, CHI and Mobile HCI. Some supporters of her research include Autodesk, Google Inc., the Intel Corporation, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft Corporation and the National Science Foundation.

Other Thoughts and Links

Best conference experience ever: The CHI2009 Straggler’s Seder

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Things I love (below)


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My Viola My Husband My dogs: Demi, Nugget, Gryffin

Contact Information

Jennifer Mankoff
jmankoff [at] acm.org
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
University of Washington
Paul G. Allen Center
185 Stevens Way
Campus Box 352350
Seattle, WA 98195

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 Science at theUniversity of Arizona. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Colorado in 1986.

Elected to the CHI Academy in 2006, he has published over 150 technical papers. He has regularly served on program committees for the SIGCHIand UIST conferences, served as papers co-chair for CHI ’09, and again for CHI ’10. He has previously served as Program Chair for UIST ’90 and UIST ’00, as well as Symposium Chair for UIST ’93 and the founding UIST Doctoral Symposium chair from 2003 to 2005. He also served as a founding Associate Editor for ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction. His recent research funding has been from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, and Disney Research.


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You can find out more about Scott’s research here and teaching here.

Jon Schull

Research Scientist, RIT MAGIC Center  (http://rit.academia.edu/JonSchull)

Jon Schull helped to found E-Nable (http://enablingthefuture.org) 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. Schull is a research scientist at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity – also known as the MAGIC Center – and the founder of e-Nable and president of the e-Nabling The Future Foundation.”