James McCann

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.

Jessica Hodgins

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.

Sidd Srinivasa

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 (co-advised with Scott Hudson)

AmyHurst 8858 smallAmy 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 and empowerment. She is actively studying the DIY / Maker movement and the opportunities for digital fabrication in assistive technology, therapy, and special education.

Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen

Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen is faculty at UCLA. Previously, he was 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

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.