HCII Director Elected to CHI Academy

January 23, 2015

Anind Dey

Dey Is Institute's Eighth Academy Member

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Dow To Explore Collective Innovation Through NSF CAREER Award

January 23, 2015

Steven Dow

Today's big problems — becoming more energy independent or caring for an aging population — can't be solved in a vacuum. And while the Internet makes it easy to find and engage large groups of people in the problem-solving process, researchers need to advance the fundamental knowledge and technologies required for people to collectively explore and refine solutions to complex problems.

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Anderson To Attend White House Workshop

January 12, 2015

John Anderson

John R. Anderson, the Richard King Mellon University Professor of Psychology and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, will participate in the White House Workshop on Bridging Neuroscience and Learning on Friday, Jan. 23, in Washington, D.C.

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Schwarz Named to Forbes "30 Under 30"

January 7, 2015

Julia Schwarz

HCII Ph.D. student Julia Schwarz has been named to Forbes' "30 Under 30 in 2015 Science" list, which recognizes the movers and shakers who are doing everything from bringing physics to medicine to deciphering the genomes of humans and other organisms.

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HCII Celebrates Tiniest New Member

December 9, 2014

Jessica Hammer Baby Shower

The HCII and Entertainment Technology Center's students, faculty and staff gathered recently to mark the impending arrival of the departments' newest — and youngest — member. Assistant Professor of HCII and ETC Jessica Hammer, who specializes in the psychology of games, will soon welcome a daughter to her immediate family and the university's extended family. To celebrate, colleagues and students showered her with gifts and well wishes.

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Hong Receives HCII Career Development Fellowship

December 8, 2014

Jason Hong

HCII Associate Professor Jason Hong has been awarded the HCII Career Development Fellowship for his research accomplishments and contributions to both the HCII and the university.

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Think Outside the Box? Not So Fast.

December 3, 2014

Steven Dow, Joel Chan

Traditional thinking holds that great design concepts stem from sources distant from the original problem. Velcro, for example, came into being when civil engineer George de Mestral had to remove burrs from his dog's fur after a hunting trip and began a microscopic investigation into how they worked. A group of researchers in Carnegie Mellon's ProtoLab has found that thinking outside of the box isn't always the best strategy, though.

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Here's to Another 20 Years!

November 26, 2014

HCII20 banner

HCII Community Gathers to Celebrate Institute's 20th Anniversary

The HCII threw open its doors and welcomed more than 275 of its nearest and dearest back to campus Nov. 14–16 to celebrate the institute's 20th birthday. Students, alumni, current and former faculty, staff, and friends gathered for a weekend of celebration and scholarship to commemorate the institute's founding in 1994.

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Rosé Leads CMU Efforts in $1.6 Million Digital Learning Research Network

November 20, 2014

Carolyn Rose

Associate Professor of LTI and HCII Carolyn Rosé will lead Carnegie Mellon's contributions to the new Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN), a collaboration of 10 institutions across the nation funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Led by the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab at the University of Texas Arlington, the network will support researchers examining the effect of digital learning on

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Harrison Named Packard Fellow

November 19, 2014

Chris Harrison

HCII Assistant Professor Chris Harrison joined 17 of the nation's most innovative early career scientists and engineers as a recipient of a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

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HCII Marks 20th Anniversary With Weekend Celebration

November 13, 2014

More than 250 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute will gather this weekend to celebrate the institute's 20th anniversary at HCII20. The event kicks off on Friday, Nov. 14, with a day of workshops and tutorials ranging from Fabrication Techniques for HCI Prototyping to Intro to Game Design. Attendees will gather for a cocktail reception that evening in the institute's renovated lab space at 407 South Craig Street.

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Hong Leads Effort to Give Apps Privacy Grade

November 6, 2014

Smartphones wouldn't be so smart without their apps, yet many free apps pinpoint a user's location to deliver targeted ads or share contact lists with third parties without alerting the user. Which apps behave themselves and which don't? A new Carnegie Mellon University project,, can help sort them out.

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MHCI Students Top HackNC

November 3, 2014

One MHCI team won first place and another received an award at HackNC2014, a software and hardware hackathon at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that challenged participants to create big things in a small amount of time.

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MHCI Team Takes Honors in CMU iOS App Challenge

October 17, 2014

ProportionATE screen shot.

Everyone’s been in that situation: You go out for a meal with friends or co-workers and chaos arrives with the check. Someone pays too little, someone forgets to include tax and tip. And you end up stuck paying for way more than what you ate.

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Kittur, Rzeszotarski Win First Prize at 3 Rivers Venture Fair

October 8, 2014

Aniket Kittur

Assistant Professor Aniket Kittur and Ph.D. student Jeff Rzeszotarski won first prize at the 3 Rivers Venture Fair University Tech Showcase for their work on DataSquid, tangible data visualization software that the pair developed at the HCII and are commercializing as a startup.

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Decimal Game Helps Kids Get the Point

October 6, 2014

Decimal Point

Kids may not always want to do their math homework, but they can’t seem to put down video games like Minecraft or Angry Birds. A new project from researchers in Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute attempts to harness the excitement middle school students feel for videogames and channel it into an opportunity to increase their math skills by developing educational games — a promising new research area that explores learning and motivational benefits.

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Koedinger To Lead NSF-Funded LearnSphere Project

October 1, 2014

Ken Koedinger

HCII Professor Ken Koedinger will lead a five-year, $5 million early implementation project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to improve educational outcomes and advance the science of learning by creating a large, distributed infrastructure called LearnSphere that will securely store data on how students learn.

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New HCII Director Is Ready To Get Started

September 12, 2014

Anind Dey

In the early 1970s in a small town near Vancouver, a young Anind Dey wrote his first computer program on a Timex Sinclair computer under the watchful eye of his older brother. It was just a word game, something where you had to guess the letter. But it started him down the path that would eventually lead from Canada to Pittsburgh, where he took the reins as Geschke chair and head of Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute this past June.

That journey didn’t happen overnight, though, and it certainly didn’t

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HCII Team Rocks Pretty Good Race

September 12, 2014

HCII racers

The HCII trounced the competition in this year’s School of Computer Science Coach Tomayko Pretty Good Race, held Friday, Sept. 5. Now in its 34th year, the 5K run and race-walk is an SCS tradition, pitting advisor against student. Faculty against staff. Department against department. But all in good fun.

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Hammer, Harrison Among WEF Young Scientists

September 10, 2014

Jessica Hammer, Chris Harrison

The HCII's Jessica Hammer and Chris Harrison were among 30 exceptional young scientists under the age of 40 recognized at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Sept. 10–12, in Tianjin, China.

This year’s Young Scientists were selected for their contributions to advancing the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact, the WEF said. At the Tianjin meeting, they engaged with business and political leaders to contribute their scientific perspective and deliver the most up-

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