Kirstin Early (co-advised with Steven E. Feinberg)

my_home (1)Now at Yahoo!; Graduated 2017

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 online surveys like the American Community Survey from the Census, and analyzing the effects of gender and authorship in CS/HCI publications.

Outside of research, I’m also involved with Women@SCS at CMU and volunteer with TechNights, a weekly program to introduce middle-school girls to the excitement of computer science through hands-on lessons and activities. Examples of sessions I helped to design and lead include recommender systems, parallelism, and signal processing.

My personal web page is here.

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Nikola Banovic (PhD, co-advised with Anind Dey)

nikolaNikola is an alumnus of the group, as of 2018 an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Michigan.  He did his PhD work under Jennifer Mankoff and Anind Dey, working on developing new models of human routine behaviors that will inform the design and support smart agents that help people develop good routines. His projects included 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.

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Hongbo Ni (Visitor)

photoI’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.

Alex Q. Chen

AlexQChenAlex Q. 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.

Megan Hofmann

3D printed prosthetic bow holder with bow and velcro for attaching to the arm.

Megan is a Phd Student at the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon Unviversity. She is advised by Prof. Jennifer Mankoff of the University of Washington and and Prof. Scott E. Hudson. She completed her bachelors in Computer Science at Colorado State University in 2017. She is an NSF Fellow, and a Center for Machine Learning and Health Fellow. During her Undergraduate degree Megan’s research was adviced by Dr. Jaime Ruiz and Prof. Amy Hurst.

Her research focuses on creating computer aided design and fabrication tools that expand the digital fabrication process with new materials. She uses participatory observation and participatory design methods to study assistive technology and digital fabrication among many stakeholder (people with disabilities, caregivers, and clinicians).

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Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen

Image of Anthony Chen
Image of Anthony ChenXiang ‘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;
• Enable an eco-system of smart devices to collectively create new interactive experiences for the users


Sophie Smith

I go to school at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I am a rising junior there and I am majoring in Computer Science. I plan to graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science.

This summer’s mission: Completing an interface for our knitting machine that will allow the user to manipulate textures and sizing of a sweater

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Lindsay Zadunayski (REU Summer 2017)

I am a junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute planning to graduate in May 2019.  I am pursuing a dual major in Computer Science and Mathematics in the School of Science.  This summer I am participating in CRA-W’s Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU). You can contact me at

This summer I am working with Professor Jen Mankoff (CMU), Professor Kaite Siek (Indiana University), and Ujjwai Baskota(Jackson State University) to investigate online reviews for Ob/Gyns and Urologists.   We are hoping to discover how they reflect the patient experience, and how satisfaction and language use change based on a variety of factors.  To do so we are using Google reviews and federal datasets.

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Aarudra Moudgalya

Headshot of Aarudra Moudgalya

Headshot of Aarudra MoudgalyaAarudra Moudgalya is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer from CMU who’s interested in designing and manufacturing for assistive technology. His creativity is focused towards making affordable prosthetics and exoskeletons using rapid prototyping techniques. Aarudra is currently working on designing modular upper limb prostheses at the Human Computer Interaction Institute. He enjoys DIY projects, making music and doodling.

Tawanna Dillahunt

Tawanna Dillahunt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information (UMSI) and hold a courtesy appointment with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. Before starting as an Assistant Professor, I was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in UMSI from January 2013 – July 2014. I also lead the Social Innovations Group at UMSI and my research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and social computing. I am primarily interested in identifying needs and opportunities to further explore how theories from the social sciences can be used to design technologies that have a positive impact on group and individual behavior. With the narrowing of the digital divide, the ubiquity of smart devices and mobile hotspots in common places in the U.S. (e.g., libraries, community centers, and even McDonald’s) I see an urgent need to explore the use of these technologies for those that stand the most to gain from these resources. Therefore, I design, build, enhance and deploy innovative technologies that solve real-world problems, particularly in underserved communities.

I hold a M.S. and Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.S. in Computer Science from the Oregon Graduate Institute School of Science and Engineering (now a part of the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR), and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. I was also a software engineer at Intel Corporation for several years