FIGLAB Wins Four Awards in One Week

November 19, 2015

The ITS2015 Best Short Paper Award

The HCII's Future Interfaces Group (FIGLAB), led by Assistant Professor Chris Harrison, won four awards this past week for its research into sensing and interface technologies that make interactions between humans and computers more fluid, intuitive and powerful.

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HCIIers Part of CMU Team Competing for Global Learning XPRIZE

November 16, 2015

Researchers use a repurposed bingo tray to kid-test a mathematical concept.

Can children learn to read, write and do basic arithmetic without a teacher or classroom, relying only on tablet computers, each other and some intelligent software? A team of Carnegie Mellon educational researchers  — including members of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute — aim to find out in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition.

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CMU Researchers Earn Honors at ASSETS

November 12, 2015

Jeff Bigham, Luz Rello and Abdullah Ali at ASSETS

Carnegie Mellon celebrated a strong showing last month at ASSETS 2015, where a team of researchers earned the Best Demonstration Award and a student took third place in the Student Research Competition.

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HCIIers Take Second Place in Accessibility Hackathon

November 10, 2015

The CMU/Maryland evoHaX team.

Three HCII Ph.D. students teamed up with peers from the University of Maryland to take second place in evoHaX SE last month. The hackathon, which focused on building wearable accessible technologies, took place Oct. 23–25 in Philadelphia.

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HCII, Disney Research Design System That Recognizes Objects Touched by User

November 9, 2015

EM-Sense technology identifies door.

A new technology developed by researchers in the HCII and Disney Research could enable smartwatches to automatically recognize what objects users are touching — for instance, whether the wearer is using a laptop, operating a saw or riding a motorcycle — creating new opportunities for context-aware apps.

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Dey Delivers Closing Keynote at ASC 2015 Fall Convention

November 2, 2015

Anind Dey

HCII Director Anind Dey delivered the closing keynote address last month at the 2015 Adhesive and Sealant Fall Convention and Expo. Held in Pittsburgh, the three-day event featured several keynote addresses, as well as technical sessions focusing on business development and market trends, government relations, and advanced technology specific to the adhesive and sealant industry.

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Kittur, Kraut Earn NSF Grant to Study Analogical Innovation

November 2, 2015

Niki Kittur and Bob Kraut

Great innovations in science and technology often result from analogy. Someone may see a video online or read an article that inspires them to create the Next Big Thing — like the mechanic who invented a technique for saving babies trapped in the birth canal after seeing a YouTube video about extracting corks stuck in wine bottles.

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Transit App Earns Small Business Innovation Research Grant

October 29, 2015

Tiramisu Logo

A team of Carnegie Mellon researchers that includes HCII Associate Professor John Zimmerman has earned a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for their mobile app and spinout company, Tiramisu.

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HCII Researchers Fabricate Hair With Inexpensive 3-D Printer

October 28, 2015

3-D Printed Troll With Fabricated Hair

3-D printers typically produce hard plastic objects, but HCII researchers have found a way to produce hair-like strands, fibers and bristles using a common, low-cost printer. The technique for producing 3-D-printed hair is similar to — and inspired by — the way that gossamer plastic strands are extruded when a person uses a hot glue gun.

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Cassell Explores Impact of Fourth Industrial Revolution at WEF Summit

October 27, 2015

Justine Cassell

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already upon us and Justine Cassell, associate vice provost for technology strategy and impact and HCII professor, joined other thought leaders to explore its implications Monday at the World Economic Forum's Summit on the Global Agenda 2015.

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Dow Receives Cyberlearning Grant

October 27, 2015

Steven Dow, an assistant professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, will receive a $449K grant for three years to design and develop a set of computational tools to help the next generation of student innovators gather and analyze meaningful feedback from social media and other crowdsourcing platforms.

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Study Shows Game Design Can Reduce Stereotypes, Social Biases

October 26, 2015

Geoff Kaufman

HCII Assistant Professor Geoff Kaufman, who joined the department this semester from Dartmouth's Tiltfactor Lab, is making headlines for a study that demonstrates how games can have a positive impact on society.

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Louw Receives NSF Grant for Citizen Science

October 12, 2015

Learning Media Design Center Director and HCII faculty member Marti Louw will receive a three-year, $1.7 million National Science Foundation award to develop and study a cyberlearning tool that supports deep looking and learning in citizen science.

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Forlizzi to Deliver Keynote at DeSForM 2015

October 9, 2015

Jodi Forlizzi, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 9th Internal Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (DeSForM 2015).

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Ogan Helps State Department Improve English Education

October 1, 2015

Amy Ogan

Helping people learn American English is an integral part of U.S. public diplomacy, and HCII Assistant Professor Amy Ogan is part of a new working group that will help the U.S. Department of State use technology to make their English educational outreach efforts more effective. Ogan was one of a select group of academic, industry and governmental representatives invited to participate in Technology in English, a daylong workshop Sept. 15 at the White House Conference Center in Washington, D.

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Human-Computer Interaction Institute T-Shirt Competition

September 28, 2015

In the last week of August, the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University welcomed new students into the Ph.D., Masters in Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI), and Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Science (METALS) programs. Orientation week culminated for all groups with one of the department’s most long-standing traditions: the new student t-shirt

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Rzeszotarski Named Siebel Scholar

September 16, 2015

Jeff Rzeszotarski

HCII Ph.D. student Jeff Rzeszotarski has been named a 2016 Siebel Scholar for his outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated leadership. The program recognizes the most talented students at the world's leading graduate schools of business, bioengineering, computer science and energy science. Each Siebel Scholar receives a $35,000 award for their final year of study.

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Faculty Featured on "Encounters With HCI Pioneers"

September 2, 2015

HCI pioneers Guy Salama, Bob Kraut, Brad Myers and Jonathan Lazar

Three HCII faculty members are included in "Encounters With HCI Pioneers," a new website that aims to draw attention to human-computer interaction trailblazers by describing their backgrounds and contributions to the field.

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Study Shows Information Is Easier To Learn When Composed of Familiar Elements

August 19, 2015

Stock image of knowledge transfer

People have more difficulty recalling the string of letters BIC, IAJ, FKI, RSU and SAF than FBI, CIA, JFK, IRS and USA. The well-established reason is that the amount of information we can hold in our short-term or working memory is affected by whether the information can be "chunked" into larger units.

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HCII, Heinz Researchers Win SOUPS Privacy Award

August 17, 2015

SOUPS logo

Chances are you use the Internet nearly every day. But what do you really know about how the Internet works? And how does that knowledge affect your decisions about privacy and security? A team of researchers from the HCII and Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College won the Privacy Award at the recent Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) for research that asks just those questions.

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HCII Team Earns Honorable Mention in Best Paper Competition

August 14, 2015

Best Paper Logo

A team of HCII researchers received an Honorable Mention award in the National Security Agency's (NSA) Third Annual Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper Competition, which recognized the best scientific cybersecurity paper published in 2014. Papers were nominated between December 2014 and March 2015, and 50 nominations were received. Of those, three were selected for recognition — a winning paper and two honorable mentions.

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Hammer Earns Okawa Foundation Research Grant

August 10, 2015

Jessica Hammer

HCII Assistant Professor Jessica Hammer has received a 2015 Okawa Foundation Research Grant to support her research, "Games for Impact: A Full Pipeline Approach."

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LearnLab Summer School Provides Hands-On Learning Experience

July 31, 2015

LearnLab students

When Bill Buttlar, a professor and associate dean in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's (UIUC) College of Engineering, and his colleagues were charged with revamping their graduate program, they decided to attend Carnegie Mellon University's LearnLab Summer School.

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HCII Leads Charge in New Google-Funded Project

July 9, 2015

Anind Dey and Adrian deFreitas

Carnegie Mellon University is turning its campus into a living laboratory for a multi-university expedition to create a robust platform to enable Internet-connected sensors, gadgets and buildings to communicate with each other. And the HCII is taking a leading role.

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Baloonr Helps Teams Get Ideas Off the Ground

June 22, 2015

Amanda Greenberg and Noah Bornstein

Ask a roomful of kindergarteners if they're artists, and all of them will unanimously boom "YES!" Ask adults, though, and the story changes dramatically. Maybe one or two people assert their creativity, but everyone else looks awkwardly at the floor or each other. Somehow between kindergarten and adulthood, we lose the confidence that made us all feel like artists.

Noah Bornstein (CS'13) and co-founder Amanda Greenberg want to change all that through their start-up, Baloonr.

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HCII To Welcome New Faculty in August

June 10, 2015

Geoff Kaufman, Chinmay Kulkarni and John Stamper

The HCII will add three assistant professors to its world-class faculty in August, when Geoff Kaufman and Chinmay Kulkarni will join the community and John Stamper will transition from his systems scientist role.

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MHCI Students Work on Solutions for First Responders

June 3, 2015


A team of students in the Masters in Human-Computer Interaction program will spend the summer immersed in the world of firefighters, police officers and other first responders as part of their capstone project work at Draper Laboratory — a not-for-profit research and development lab focused on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for problems in security, space

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HCII Students Envision Next Big Startup Ideas

May 19, 2015

Winning project teams: Salt and Pepper, Locadora and Wander

Want to go to an awesome concert tonight but don't want to go alone? Or maybe you aspire to making your own gourmet meal but find cookbooks and online tutorials lack the hands-on training you need.

No need to worry. The HCII's Mobile Service Innovation (MSI) course has you covered.

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EDigs Helps Apartment Hunters Find the Perfect Rental

May 18, 2015

EDigs logo

A new online resource from Carnegie Mellon University researchers seeks to help people find the perfect rental property by using tools such as a machine learning algorithm that can estimate utility costs based not only on the housing unit itself but on the renter’s lifestyle.

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CHI2015: Pierce and Colleagues Offer Critical Take on "Critical Design"

May 8, 2015

James Pierce

To the casual reader, the fact that the term "critical design" is slipping into the HCI vernacular might not seem like a big deal. But HCII Ph.D. student James Pierce and his co-authors of "Expanding and Refining Design and Criticality in HCI" would argue differently. In fact, their paper received an Honorable Mention at the Association for Computing Machinery’s CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2015

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CHI2015: Learning in the Real World Tops Learning From a Tablet

May 4, 2015

This image shows the Earth Shake game screen on the top, and children playing the game on the bottom.

You see it in headlines with more and more frequency: "Local School Provides Tablets for All Students." But though screen technologies are ubiquitous and certainly appealing for children, it's worth asking whether kids still need real-world experimentation with physical objects to enhance their learning. A group of HCII researchers recently demonstrated that the answer to that question is a resounding yes.

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MHCI Team Takes Second Place in CHI Student Design Competition

April 27, 2015

MHCI students standing in front of their Lantern poster at CHI.

A team of students in the Masters of Human Computer Interaction program took second place last week in the 13th annual CHI Student Design Competition.

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CHI2015: Apparition Harnesses the Crowd To Create Real-Time Prototyping

April 22, 2015

This image shows the prototype before and after crowd workers update it.

When designing anything — a new video game or the next-big-thing smartphone app — prototyping is key. It allows designers to quickly iterate and gather feedback, but the time it takes to create and update the prototype can be cripplingly slow. In an ideal world, prototypes would miraculously update themselves in the time it takes the designer to describe their ideas visually and verbally.

A pipe dream? No way.

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CHI2015: Social Microvolunteering Uses Facebook to Do Good

April 22, 2015

A photo posted to Facebook with questions from a visually impaired user.

Photos of food. Check-ins at the gym. Political rants and memes prominently featuring cats. They fill up newsfeeds on social media, to the extent that the good social media can do is often overlooked. But a group of researchers from the University of Rochester, Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University recently set out to study how the power of social media could be harnessed to help people, particularly those with disabilities.

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CHI Preview: Carnegie Mellon, Disney Researchers Develop Acoustically Driven Controls for Handheld Devices

April 19, 2015

A doll made with Acoustruments technology responds when its stomach is poked.

As people find ever more inventive uses for smartphones, touchscreens sometimes fall short as control surfaces. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed an inexpensive alternative — a toolbox of physical knobs, sliders and other mechanisms that can be readily added to any device.

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CHI Preview: HCII Researchers Unveil 3D Fabric Printing Technique

April 17, 2015

A small red bunny printed using layers of fabric.

Mention 3D printing, and most people will conjure up images of rough plastic items with hard surfaces and sharp angles. Warm and fuzzy doesn't often enter into the picture. But a team of researchers from Cornell, Carnegie Mellon and Disney Research has developed a 3D printing technology that might change that forever. Plus they're making those objects interactive.

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Forlizzi To Deliver Keynote at Persuasive Tech 2015

April 10, 2015

Jodi Forlizzi with deliver they keynote address at Persuasive Technology 2015.

HCII Professor Jodi Forlizzi will deliver the keynote address at Persuasive Technology 2015. Now in its 10th year, Persuasive Tech focuses on sharing the results of science-based inquiries into the roles various disciplines like design, psychology, sociology and technology play in creating systems that support behavior change through ethical means.

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SCS Rewards HCII Team for Research Excellence

March 24, 2015

Scott Hudson

Tinker Toys line the shelves of HCII Professor Scott Hudson's office, joined by electronic gadgets and gizmos of all kinds. A few felt teddy bears created on a 3D printer hang out on a couch. This is the office of a builder and inventor.

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DataSquid Enters Into Partnership With Public Insight

March 3, 2015


HCII startup DataSquid Inc has entered into a partnership with Public Insight, a benchmarking platform that maximizes the utility of public data for regional discovery, competitive intelligence and decision support.

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HCII Students Act Out in "Once Upon a Mattress"

March 3, 2015

Amy Shannon, Judy Oden Choi

The HCII's Amy Shannon (left) tread the boards as Queen Aggravain and first-year Ph.D. student Judy Oden Choi (right) helped produce the show when a group of School of Computer Science students performed "Once Upon a Mattress" last month. The production featured students from across the college at all levels — undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. — and a few friends from other Carnegie Mellon departments.

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HCII Researchers Earn "Best of CHI" Awards

March 2, 2015


Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute earned a total of seven awards when the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) CHI2015 conference announced its "Best of CHI" winners March 1. The institute received one Best Paper award and six Honorable Mentions. The conference's 21 total Best Paper awards recognized the top one percent of research submissions, while the 98 Honorable Mentions recognized

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Cassell Delivers Keynote at CyberLearning 2015

February 27, 2015

Justine Cassell

HCII Professor and Associate Vice-Provost for Technology Strategy and Impact Justine Cassell delivered a keynote address at CyberLearning 2015: Connect, Collaborate, and Create the Future, held in late January in Arlington, Va.

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Rose Delivers Keynotes in Atlanta, Munich

February 26, 2015

Carolyn Rose

Associate Professor Carolyn Rosé is on the lecture circuit this semester. The keynote lecture circuit, that is.

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Louw Wins IxDA Interaction Award for Engagement

February 17, 2015

Marti Louw

Marti Louw, HCII faculty member and director of the Learning Media Design Center, took home the Best in Category award for "Engaging" at Interaction15, an initiative of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) that annually brings together nearly a thousand of the world's leading design professionals, educators, students and volunteers.

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Medical Price Matters … It Pratters

February 12, 2015


Forlizzi's Startup Allows Consumers to Compare Medical Costs

When it's time to buy a new appliance, like a stove, few consumers just rush headlong into the purchase. They check multiple retailers' websites, possibly read reviews in consumer-centered magazines, talk to friends and family members about their recent purchases and if they're satisfied with the price and quality. Finally, after days or months, they may even visit multiple stores before deciding on their new appliance.

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Researchers Offer Insight Into How Brain Understands Data Gathered From Fingers

February 9, 2015

Roberta Klatzky

What if the touchscreen of your smartphone or tablet could touch you back? Roberta Klatzky, the Charles J. Queenan Jr. Professor of Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon, is part of a research team whose findings provide insight into how the brain makes sense of data gathered from fingers. Their results could have wide-ranging implications for how users interact with touch-based technologies.

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CHI Preview: CMU Leads All Institutions in Accepted Papers

February 2, 2015


It's still two months away, but Carnegie Mellon's Human-Computer Interaction Institute is already anticipating a strong showing at the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) CHI2015 conference in Seoul, Korea, April 18–23.

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HCII Team Named Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finalists

January 30, 2015

Anthony Chen, Adrian de Freitas

HCII Ph.D. students Xiang Anthony Chen and Adrian de Freitas have been named finalists for the 2015-2016 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship for their project "Snap-To-It: Using Mobile Cameras To Opportunistically Connect and Interact With an Internet of Things."

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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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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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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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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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Myers Among Authors of “Most Influential” Paper

June 27, 2014

Brad Myers and Christopher Scaffidi

For the third year in a row, HCII Professor Brad Myers will be among the authors honored with the Most Influential Paper award from a decade ago at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) July 28–Aug. 1 in Melbourne, Australia.

“It is just a coincidence that I’ve worked with a run of great students who all happened to submit great articles in consecutive years,” Myers said.

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Google Sponsors Research To Improve Effectiveness of Online Education

June 24, 2014

Google Focused Research Award

HCII faculty will play a large role in a new Google-sponsored initiative to unlock the educational potential of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

The multiyear program, made possible through a Google Focused Research Award, employs a variety of methods to improve MOOCs. The research plan includes development of techniques for automatically analyzing and providing feedback on student work; for creating social ties between learners; and for designing MOOCS that are effective for students with a variety of cultural backgrounds.

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Carnegie Mellon Creates Programming Library for Developing Interactive Web Pages in JavaScript

June 23, 2014


Human-Computer Interaction Institute researchers have collaborated with Adobe Research to create a new open-source JavaScript library that makes it easier for developers to create interactive Web applications.

The library, ConstraintJS, incorporates constraints that specify relationships between elements on interactive websites. Constraints can perform such tasks as automatically adjusting page elements as users interact with

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Carnegie Mellon Names Anind Dey Director of Human-Computer Interaction Institute

June 12, 2014

Anind Dey

Randal E. Bryant, dean of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, has appointed Anind K. Dey as the new Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), where he has been a faculty member since 2005.

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HCII Researchers Develop New Approaches to Smartwatches

June 2, 2014

Chris Harrison, Robert Xiao

Carnegie Mellon University's Future Interfaces Group is exploring wearable technologies to make information and communication even more accessible. One of those is a smart watch that allows users to access the information they need through an interface that isn’t as cumbersome as some wearable technologies currently available.

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CMU@CHI: CMU-Disney Researcher Invents 3D Printing Technique for Making Soft, Cuddly Stuff

April 29, 2014

Soft and cuddly aren’t words used to describe the plastic or metal things typically produced by today’s 3D printers. But a new type of printer developed by Carnegie Mellon and Disney Research Pittsburgh can turn wool and wool blend yarns into fabric objects that people might actually enjoy touching.

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Researchers Find Real-Time Information From Drug-Monitoring Systems Improves Regimen Adherence

April 29, 2014

Dwellsense Tablet

Most people want to take medications as prescribed, even if they sometimes need a little help remembering. According to HCII researchers, an automated system that monitors drug taking and provides feedback after the fact may be more useful than one that nags people when it is time to take a pill.

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CMU@CHI: Kinetica Converts Tabular Data Into Touch-Friendly Format

April 25, 2014

Kinetica Logo

Spreadsheets may have been the original killer app for personal computers, but data tables don’t play to the strengths of multi-touch devices like tablets. So HCII researchers developed a visualization approach that allows people to explore complex data with their fingers.

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CMU@CHI: HCII, Microsoft Research Explore Slow Technology

April 25, 2014


Storing and instantly accessing thousands of photos online has become a common luxury, but sometimes the sheer size of these photo archives can be intimidating. Researchers from the HCII and Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, will present findings next week at the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Toronto that suggest people might enjoy their photo collections more if they relinquish control over and them and learn to wait.

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Das, Laput Win 2014 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

April 15, 2014

HCII PhD students Sauvik Das and Gierad Laput were one of nine teams to win the 2014 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QinF) for their proposal "Everyday Objects for Physical Space Authentication." Das and Laput's idea explores using simple, everyday objects such as pens, wallets and watches as transient authenticators for

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Mankoff Co-Authors Chronic Lyme Disease Study

April 3, 2014

Chronic Lyme disease is associated with a poorer quality of life than most other chronic illnesses, according to a new comprehensive patient survey by and HCII Associate Professor Jennifer Mankoff.

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CMU Plans Strong Showing at CHI2014

March 10, 2014

Watch out, Toronto — Carnegie Mellon is on its way. More than 50 CMU faculty members, graduate students and researchers are on the program for CHI2014, the Association for Computing Machinery’s CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Held annually, the conference is considered the premier international conference on human-computer interaction. Its attendees number in the thousands, and this year they’ll be traveling to Toronto April 26–May 1 for the event.

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Cassell, Koedinger Featured at World Economic Forum

March 10, 2014

Charles M. Geschke Director of the HCII Justine Cassell and HCII Professor Ken Koedinger gave presentations at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, this past January to introduce CMU’s Simon Initiative to a global audience.

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HCII Research Cited in WEF’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies List

February 26, 2014

The World Economic Forum has released its 2014 list of the Top 10 Emerging Technologies, and it cites the HCII’s pioneering research in one of those technologies — the quantified self.

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Bigham Named Sloan Research Fellow

February 18, 2014

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has named HCII Assistant Professor Jeffrey Bigham a a winner of a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowship.

The prestigious fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars and the next generation of scientific leaders. The foundation this year selected 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers as fellowship recipients.

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Cassell Assumes Associate Vice Provost Responsibilities

January 30, 2014

Justine Cassell, the Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and co-director of The Simon Initiative, has taken on additional responsibilities as the university's Associate Vice Provost of Technology Strategy and Impact.

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Das, Laput Advance to Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship Finals

January 28, 2014

HCII Ph.D. students Sauvik Das and Gierad Laput advanced to the finals of the 2014 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) for their proposal "Everyday Objects for Physical Space Authentication."

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Klatzky Earns Charles J. Queenan Professorship of Psychology

January 28, 2014

Roberta Klatzky, professor of psychology with an appointment in the HCII, will receive the Charles J. Queenan Professorship of Psychology on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in recognition of her outstanding contributions in human perception and cognition research.

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Forlizzi Named to CHI Academy

January 23, 2014

Jodi Forlizzi, associate professor of human-computer interaction and design, has been named to the CHI Academy — an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the HCI field. Each year, the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interaction elects five to seven new academy members whose efforts have shaped the discipline and the industry.

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Carnegie Mellon Leads Multi-University Project To Improve Web and Cloud Computing Accessibility

November 25, 2013

The U.S. Department of Education is sponsoring a five-year, $3.7 million project led by Carnegie Mellon University to develop methods that enable people with disabilities to take full advantage of the resources available on the Internet.

The Disability Rehabilitation Research Project (DRRP) on Inclusive Cloud and Web Computing includes researchers at Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

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Carnegie Mellon, Temple Researchers Offer Fresh Perspective To Improve Learning by Taming Instructional Complexity

November 22, 2013

From using concrete or abstract materials to giving immediate or delayed feedback, there are rampant debates over the best teaching strategies to use. But, in reality, improving education is not as simple as choosing one technique over another.

Carnegie Mellon University and Temple University researchers scoured the educational research landscape and found that because improved learning depends on many different factors, there are actually more than 205 trillion instructional options available.

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Dow and André Received HCOMP Notable Paper Award

November 1, 2013

A paper by Steven Dow, assistant professor of HCII, and former HCII postdoc Paul André, “Community Clustering: Leveraging an Academic Crowd to Form Coherent Conference Sessions,” received a Notable Paper Award for HCOMP 2013, the Conference on Human Computation & Crowdsourcing, Nov. 6–9, in Palm Springs, Calif.

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Carnegie Mellon-Disney Motion Tracking Technology Is Precise, Inexpensive, Fast

October 7, 2013

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh have devised a motion tracking technology that could eliminate much of the annoying lag that occurs in existing video game systems that use motion tracking, while also being extremely precise and highly affordable.

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HCII Alums Boost CMU Hackathon Performance

September 24, 2013

Three alumni of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s Masters Program — Min Zhao, Diana Chen and Asim Mittal — helped Carnegie Mellon University teams dominate the competition at the Emirates Travel Hackathon at Microsoft’s Mountain View, Calif., campus, Sept. 21–22.

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Hong Named PopTech Fellow

September 19, 2013

PopTech, a global social innovation incubator and thought leadership network, has named Jason Hong, associate professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, as one of 11 PopTech Science Fellows for 2013.

Carmel Majidi, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, also is a 2013 Science Fellow.

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HCII Ph.D. Students Win Best Paper Award at UbiComp

September 14, 2013

PhD students Sauvik Das and Eiji Hayashi, along with their advisor Jason Hong, won a best paper award at the 2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp'13).

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Most Internet Users Seek Anonymity Online

September 5, 2013

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and Carnegie Mellon University finds that most Internet users would like to be anonymous online, but many think it is not possible to be completely anonymous online.

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Myers Once Again Wins “Most Influential” Award

August 30, 2013

Brad A. Myers, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, will be honored for the second year in a row as the author of a Most Influential Paper at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, (VL/HCC). He is the first person to win the award twice since it was established in 2008.

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Myers To Lead Multi-University NSF Grant

August 7, 2013

The National Science Foundation has awarded researchers Brad Myers (Carnegie Mellon University), Margaret M. Burnett and Martin Erwig (Oregon State University), Gregg Rothermel and Anita Sarma (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), and

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Three HCII PhD Students Win Awards During International Conferences

July 21, 2013

HCII students Martina Rau, Samantha Finkelstein, and Yanjin Long are first authors on three award-winning papers during recent international conferences.

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HCII Researchers Develop Zooming Technique For Entering Text Into Smartwatches

April 30, 2013

Technology blogs have been abuzz that smartwatches may soon be on their way from companies such as Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft. But as capable as these ultra-small computers may be, how will users enter an address, a name, or a search term into them? One solution is an iterative zooming technique developed and tested by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Engaging Online Crowds in the Classroom Could Be Important Tool for Teaching Innovation

April 29, 2013

Online crowds can be an important tool for teaching the ins and outs of innovation, educators at Carnegie Mellon University and Northwestern University say, even when the quality of the feedback provided by online sources doesn’t always match the quantity.

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With Wave of the Hand, HCII Researchers Create Touch-based Interfaces on Everyday Surfaces

April 25, 2013

Researchers previously have shown that a depth camera system, such as Kinect, can be combined with a projector to turn almost any surface into a touchscreen. But now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated how these touch-based interfaces can be created almost at will, with the wave of a hand.

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Lomas’ Playpower Scores in McGinnis Venture Competition

March 29, 2013

Playpower Labs, a company co-founded by Derek Lomas, a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, was one of three companies receiving top honors in the 2013 McGinnis Venture Competition.

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Carnegie Mellon Student Startup Places Payments at Users’ Fingertips

March 26, 2013

It may take two to tango, but payments now are as easy as one touch. Four Carnegie Mellon University seniors tired of digging through backpacks, pockets and purses for their student identification and debit cards have developed PayTango, a fingerprint-based identification and payment system.

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CMU’s Innovation City Celebrates HCII Students at SXSW

March 22, 2013

Students of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute were among the Carnegie Mellon innovators and spin-off companies featured at Innovation City during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival.

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John Anderson Earns Highest APS Honor

March 11, 2013

Carnegie Mellon University’s John R. Anderson — whose human thought and cognition research has revolutionized how we learn — has been selected to receive the Association for Psychological Science’s (APS) William James Lifetime Achievement Award for Basic Research.

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Dow and Settles Investigate Songwriting Chemistry

March 5, 2013

A hit song is often the product of co-writers who have great chemistry. But the elements that make the chemistry great aren’t always apparent. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University analyzed an online songwriting community to shed light on this subject, and what they discovered may surprise you.

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Tool Boosts Success of Online Collaborations By Redistributing the Burdens of Leadership

February 20, 2013

The Web makes it possible for lots of people to collaborate on projects, but it doesn’t make it easy to lead them. A Carnegie Mellon University researcher has developed a new tool that helps leaders see complex, collaborative projects through to completion by redistributing leadership responsibilities.

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Analysis Shows Online Songwriters Seek Collaborators With Complementary Skills, Status

February 11, 2013

A musical collaboration, be it Rodgers and Hammerstein or Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, requires a mix of shared and complementary traits that is not always obvious. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University discovered elements of this unique chemistry by using an automated technique to analyze an online songwriting community.

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Research Could Ensure That Crowd Work Becomes a Career Option, Not a Dead End

February 7, 2013

Crowdsourcing is an effective way to mobilize people to accomplish tasks on a global scale, but some researchers fear that crowd work for pay could easily become the high-tech equivalent of a sweat shop. Trivial work for rock bottom pay isn’t inevitable, however, and they’ve outlined a research agenda to make crowd work both intellectually and monetarily rewarding.

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Jeff Rzeszotarski Receives Microsoft Fellowship

January 18, 2013

HCII PhD student Jeff Rzeszotarski was one of the recipients of the highly competitive 2013 Microsoft fellowships. There were 148 nominations for these fellowships worldwide, and only 12 were granted. The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is a two-year fellowship program for outstanding PhD students nominated by their universities. This program supports men and women in their third and fourth years of PhD graduate studies.

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Did Your Smartphone Flashlight Rat You Out? Crowdsourcing Privacy Concerns of Mobile Apps

January 15, 2013

People are often surprised to learn that popular mobile applications on their smartphones are sharing their location, contact lists and other sensitive information, Carnegie Mellon University researchers say. Though some of that sharing is legitimate, the researchers maintain that user perception nevertheless is a starting point in evaluating the privacy and security risks of mobile apps.

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HCII Launches Master’s Program in Learning Science

December 18, 2012

A new one-year professional master’s program in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute will train graduates to apply evidence-based learning science research in re-examining the goals of education and in designing educational technology. The inaugural class of students in the Learning Science and Engineering program will begin in fall 2013. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2013.

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Tiramisu App Wins FCC Chairman’s Award

December 10, 2012

The Carnegie Mellon research team that created Tiramisu, a smartphone app that enables transit riders to create realtime information about bus schedules and seating, has won this year’s Federal Communications Commission Chairman’s Award for Advancement in Accessibility in the Geo-Location Services category.

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Myers Among Four CMU Faculty Members Named IEEE Fellows

December 5, 2012

Four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members have been named 2013 Fellows of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional association.

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CMU Team Finishes Fourth at Facebook Global Hackathon Finals

December 5, 2012

A team of four Carnegie Mellon undergraduates spent 24 hours transforming an idea for a simulation game into reality at Facebook’s Global Hackathon Finals, which began Nov. 30 in Menlo Park, Calif. The team finished fourth among 18 teams from 17 universities and four countries.

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Cassell Named AAAS Fellow

November 29, 2012

Justine Cassell, the Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, one of two Carnegie Mellon University faculty members to receive the honor this year.

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Hudson And Colleagues Win First Place Best Demo Award at UIST

October 29, 2012

HCII Professor Scott Hudson, along with his Disney colleagues Karl D. D. Willis, Eric Brockmeyer, and Ivan Poupyrev, received the First Place Best Demo Award at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, as well as a nomination for a best paper award, for “Printed Optics: 3D Printing of Embedded Optical Elements for Interactive Devices.”

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Rzeszotarski and Kittur Win A Best Paper Award at UIST

October 29, 2012

Congratulations to HCII PhD student Jeff Rzeszotarski and HCII Assistant Professor Aniket Kittur on their best paper award at the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. The paper is entitled “CrowdScape: Interactively visualizing crowd behavior and output”.

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Two Carnegie Mellon Teams Get Nod To Compete in DARPA Robotics Challenge

October 24, 2012

Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University will field two teams in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, a competition in which robots will perform complex, physically challenging tasks as they respond to disaster scenarios in human-engineered environments, such as nuclear power plants.

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HCII Seminar Series with Speaker Alaina Hardie on Oct 24 Is Cancelled

October 22, 2012

The HCII Seminar Series that was to be held on Wed, October 24, with speaker Alaina Hardie has been cancelled for personal reasons. We will plan to reschedule her visit for next semester.

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Dey Speaks at Wired Health Conference

October 11, 2012

Anind Dey, associate professor in HCII, will speak about dwellSense, his project to develop in-home sensors that can detect the onset of dementia or physical decline in adults who live alone, at the Wired Health Conference, Living by Numbers, Oct. 16 in New York City.

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HCII Paper of 2002 Named “Most Influential”

September 25, 2012

The IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing has recognized a 2002 paper on usable programming systems co-authored by Brad A. Myers, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and two of his students, as the joint winner of the Most Influential Paper of one decade ago.

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HCII Students Named Seibel Scholars

September 10, 2012

Two Ph.D. candidates in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute—Min Kyung Lee and Martina Rau—are among five Carnegie Mellon University graduate students named 2013 Seibel Scholars by the Seibel Scholars Foundation.

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Cassell to Formally Receive Geschke Directorship

September 6, 2012

Justine Cassell will formally receive her appointment as the Charles M. Geschke Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) during a Sept. 10 ceremony at Carnegie Mellon University. The director’s post has been newly endowed by Charles M. Geschke, a CMU alumnus and co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., and his wife, Nancy.

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Technology Review Names Chris Harrison to TR35 List of Top Innovators

August 21, 2012

Chris Harrison, a Ph.D. student in Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) who develops new ways for people to interact with digital devices, particularly when they are on the go, has been recognized by MIT’s Technology Review as one of the world’s top 35 innovators under the age of 35.

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Koedinger to Deliver APA Keynote Address

July 25, 2012

Ken Koedinger, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and director of the Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, will present the keynote address, “Bridging the Gap Between Psychological Science and Educational Practice,” at the American Psychological Association annual convention Aug. 2 in Orlando, Florida.

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HCII PhD Students Win Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

July 20, 2012

The team of Robert Xiao and Chris Harrison, both PhD students in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, was one of eight U.S. groups selected to receive 2012 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowships.

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NRC Report Says Computing Advances Vital to Sustainability Efforts

July 2, 2012

Innovation in computing will be essential to finding real-world solutions to sustainability challenges in such areas as electricity production and delivery, global food production, and climate change, according to the report of a National Research Council committee that included Jennifer Mankoff, associate professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

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Livehoods Wins Best Paper Award at ICWSM 2012

June 18, 2012

Work by Justin Cranshaw (ISR), Raz Schwartz (visiting scholar), Jason Hong (HCII), and Norman Sadeh (ISR) recently won the best paper award at The 6th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM 2012).

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Revolutionary Technology Enables Objects to Know How They Are Being Touched

May 4, 2012

A doorknob that knows whether to lock or unlock based on how it is grasped, a smartphone that silences itself if the user holds a finger to her lips and a chair that adjusts room lighting based on recognizing if a user is reclining or leaning forward are among the many possible applications of Touché, a new sensing technique developed by a team at Disney Research Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Picking the Brains of Strangers Improves Efforts to Make Sense of Online Information

May 4, 2012

People who have already sifted through online information to make sense of a subject can help strangers facing similar tasks without ever directly communicating with them, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research have demonstrated.

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Book Draws Lessons from Social Science to Guide Creation of Online Communities

May 3, 2012

Online communities are among the most popular destinations on the Internet, but attempts to create social networking sites often meet with failure. In a new book, Carnegie Mellon University’s Robert E. Kraut and the University of Michigan’s Paul Resnick use evidence from the social sciences and their own research to suggest ways that organizers can effectively address major design challenges.

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CMU Researchers Use Foursquare Check-in Data to Create Dynamic View of Cities

May 1, 2012

The millions of “check-ins” generated by foursquare, the location-based social networking site, can be used to create a dynamic view of a city’s workings and character, Carnegie Mellon University researchers say. In contrast to static neighborhood boundaries and dated census figures, these “Livehoods” reflect the ever-changing patterns of city life.

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Vibrating Steering Wheel Guides Drivers While Keeping Their Eyes on the Road

April 24, 2012

A vibrating steering wheel is an effective way to keep a driver’s eyes safely on the road by providing an additional means to convey directions from a car’s navigation system, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and AT&T Labs have shown.

The study, one of the first to evaluate combinations of audio, visual and haptic feedback for route guidance, found that younger drivers in particular were less distracted by a navigation system’s display screen when they received haptic

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Computerworld Honors HCII’s MILLEE Project

March 15, 2012

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies, or MILLEE, project has been named a 2012 Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

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Eric Paulos Receives First Cooper-Siegel Professorship

March 6, 2012

Faculty members in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science (SCS) and College of Fine Arts (CFA) are the first recipients of a pair of professorships for junior faculty that have been endowed by Eric Cooper, a former computer science professor, founder of FORE Systems Inc., and Carnegie Mellon trustee, and his wife, community volunteer Naomi Weisberg Siegel.

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Quarter of Tweets Not Worth Reading, HCII Researcher Reports

February 1, 2012

Twitter users choose the microblogs they follow, but that doesn’t mean they always like what they get. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Georgia Institute of Technology found that users say only a little more than a third of the tweets they receive are worthwhile.

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New iPad Programming Course Launched

January 31, 2012

Devices in hand, a group of students lucky enough to get into one of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute’s newest classes are already hard at work. They are learning the art of iPad programming. But they aren’t the only ones. The class lectures are available for free at Carnegie Mellon University on iTunes U., bringing the top-notch instruction of HCII to learners far and wide.

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Charles Geschke Endows HCII Directorship

January 11, 2012

Charles M. Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems Inc., and his wife, Nancy, have endowed the directorship of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science (SCS). Mr. Geschke earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon in 1973.

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HCII Is Hiring Tenure-Track Faculty

January 9, 2012

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University seeks faculty candidates with a strong track record in research, outstanding academic credentials, and an earned Ph.D. They should also have a strong interest in graduate and undergraduate education.

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Redesign the HCII Website! $1,300 in Prizes

December 18, 2011

The Human-Computer Interaction Institute website is showing its age and needs a facelift or more serious redesign. Since we are the premiere HCI program in the country, our students are the best qualified to do this redesign. The HCII faculty challenge HCII students or alumni – individually or in teams – to redesign our site. We will award a $1,000 prize for the best redesign and $300 for the second best, as judged by a panel of faculty.

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New HCII Social Space Dedicated As the Kiesler-Kraut Commons

December 13, 2011

On December 2, 2011 a group of appreciative students and colleagues gathered to dedicate the new HCII Social Space as the Kiesler-Kraut Commons in thanks to Sara Kiesler and Robert Kraut for their years of dedicated service and incredible contributions to the HCII.

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Kraut Named ACM Fellow

December 8, 2011

Robert Kraut, the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, is among 46 leading computer scientists and one of two School of Computer Science faculty members named 2011 Fellows by the Association for Computing Machinery.

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Schwarz Takes 1st Place in UIST Student Innovation Contest

October 24, 2011

Julia Schwarz, a PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and David Klionsky, a recent master’s graduate in the Computer Science Department now at Microsoft, took first place in the Most Useful category of the UIST 2011 Student Innovation Contest. Watch a video of their app using a Microsoft Touch

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Students Design Light Shows for Pausch Bridge

October 24, 2011

The 230-foot-long Randy Pausch Memorial Bridge is both a well-trod connection between the Gates Center for Computer Science and the Purnell Center for the Arts and a symbol of the collaborative, creative spirit of the late Carnegie Mellon University professor. Now, two years after its dedication, the span with more than 7,000 programmable LED lights has become a unique teaching resource as well.

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Tiramisu Cited by Intelligent Transportation Society of America

October 19, 2011

Tiramisu Transit, an iPhone app developed by Carnegie Mellon that uses crowdsourcing to help transit riders know when their bus will arrive, won second place in the Best New Innovative Products, Services, or Applications category of the 2011 Best of ITS Awards.

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SideBySide Projection System Enables Projected Interaction Between Mobile Devices

October 19, 2011

Researchers at Disney Research Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a system called SideBySide that enables animated images from two separate handheld projectors to interact with each other on the same surface.

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Carnegie Mellon Develops Touchscreen Technology That Distinguishes Taps by Different Parts of Finger

October 18, 2011

Smartphone and tablet computer owners have become adept at using finger taps, flicks and drags to control their touchscreens. But Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found that this interaction can be enhanced by taking greater advantage of the finger’s anatomy and dexterity.

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Wearable Depth-Sensing Projection System Makes Any Surface Capable of Multitouch Interaction

October 17, 2011

OmniTouch, a wearable projection system developed by researchers at Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University, enables users to turn pads of paper, walls or even their own hands, arms and legs into graphical, interactive surfaces.

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Raju Named 2012 Siebel Scholar

September 9, 2011

The Siebel Scholars Foundation has announced that Preethi Raju, a master’s student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and four other Carnegie Mellon graduate students are among the 85 members of the 2012 class of Siebel Scholars. Each will receive a $35,000 award for their final year of studies.

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Cassell Will Speak at “Summer Davos”

September 8, 2011

Justine Cassell, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, will be among four Carnegie Mellon University faculty members who will make presentations and be part of a mini-documentary being filmed at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions, Sept. 14–16 in Dalian, China.

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PhD Student Jason Wiese Wins a Yahoo! 2011 Key Scientific Challenges Program Award

August 2, 2011

Big congratulations to PhD student Jason Wiese, who has just won a Yahoo! 2011 Key Scientific Challenges Program Award. Jason won for his work on Internet Experience. He is the 3rd HCII student to have won this prestigious award, and we’re proud of him!

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Carnegie Mellon Develops iPhone App That Predicts When Bus Will Arrive

July 28, 2011

Everybody who waits at a bus stop wants to know one thing: Where’s the bus? Thanks to Tiramisu, a new iPhone application developed at Carnegie Mellon University, transit riders in Pittsburgh will soon be able to get the answer by using crowdsourcing to share arrival times with each other.

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Symposium Explores How Computer Programs Can Be Made Easier to Write and Understand

July 7, 2011

Computers may be a common part of modern life and work, but the languages and methods used to program those computers continue to confound most people. Researchers who are developing ways to make computer programs easier to write and use will be sharing their ideas at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC), Sept. 18–22, in Pittsburgh.

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Virtual Possessions Have Powerful Hold on Teenagers

May 9, 2011

Digital imagery, Facebook updates, online music collections, email threads and other immaterial artifacts of today’s online world may be as precious to teenagers as a favorite book that a parent once read to them or a t-shirt worn at a music festival, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers say.

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Myers Receives Microsoft Research SEIF Award

April 27, 2011

Brad A. Myers, professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, is one of 10 recipients chosen by Microsoft Research for its 2011 Software Engineering Innovation Foundation (SEIF) Awards. Myers’ project, “Better Tools for Authoring Interactive Behaviors,” is intended to make programming more understandable to a wider range of people by using HCI methods to improve the programming environment and programming language.

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Cassell Featured in Technology Town Hall Meeting

April 27, 2011

Justine Cassell, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, will join experts from the news media and industry to discuss how technology is transforming our culture during a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Town Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in McConomy Auditorium.

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HCII’s Lomas Wins National Prize for “Numbaland!” Game

April 5, 2011

“Numbaland!,” a collection of math games developed by Human-Computer Interaction Institute PhD student Derek Lomas and two colleagues, won the Collegiate and Impact prizes in the first National STEM Video Game Challenge.

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Crowd Workers Are Not Online Shakespeares, But HCII Researchers Show They Can Write

February 2, 2011

Writing can be a solitary, intellectual pursuit, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have shown that the task of writing an informational article also can be accomplished by dozens of people working independently online.

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Justine Cassell Joins Panel to Discuss Brain and Behavior

January 18, 2011

Justine Cassell, director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, will be part of a campus panel discussion on how interdisciplinary collaboration is shaping the future of brain research and its applications at 5 p.m. Thursday Jan. 20 in the Rashid Auditorium.

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Derek Lomas - NumberPower: Challenge Grand Prize Winner

January 6, 2011

Derek Lomas, a PhD student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, won the $50,000 grand prize in the $100K Challenge, a competition sponsored by Marvell Technology Group to inspire and reward innovative new educational apps for tablet computers. Marvell announced the prize Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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CMU to Host Automotive User Interfaces Conference

November 10, 2010

Anind K. Dey, Associate Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Institute, and CMU welcome the 2nd International Automotive User Interfaces Conference being held November 11–12, 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA. This conference will explore explore ways in which in-car user interfaces can be designed so as to avoid distracting the driver while still providing a valuable service and features keynote speaker, John Krumm. Krumm, a senior researcher at Microsoft Research, received his PhD in Robotics from

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Culturally Inspired Mobile Phone Games Help Chinese Children Learn Language Characters

October 19, 2010

Mobile phone-based games could provide a new way to teach basic knowledge of Chinese language characters that might be particularly helpful in underdeveloped rural areas of China, say researchers in Carnegie Mellon University’s Mobile & Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE) Project.

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NSF Project Will Develop Architecture That Makes Internet Secure, Smart

August 27, 2010

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will lead a three-year, $7.1 million effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a next-generation network architecture that fixes security and reliability deficiencies now threatening the viability of the Internet.

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Carnegie Mellon Joins NSF Research Consortium to Develop Tools for Analyzing Autism, Other Behaviors

August 19, 2010

Researchers in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University will join a five-year, $10 million initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create novel tools for evaluating social interactions and other behaviors that can be used in diagnosing or treating behavioral disorders such as autism.

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Moira Burke and Bob Kraut Receive Journal of Small Group Research Best Paper Award

July 20, 2010

Congratulations to Moira Burke and Bob Kraut who received an award for the best article to be published in the Journal of Small Group Research in 2009 and 2010!

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Carnegie Mellon Hosting Conferences on Computer Tutors, Educational Data Mining

June 8, 2010

The expanding role of computers in education and in educational research will be addressed by two back-to-back research conferences hosted by Carnegie Mellon University that will draw several hundred researchers to Pittsburgh this month from more than 20 countries.

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Small Mobile Devices Can Serve As Own Computer Mice with Minput Sensing Method

April 26, 2010

The same inexpensive, but high-quality optical sensors employed in the common computer mouse can enable small mobile phones and digital music players to be used as their own pointing and gestural input devices, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII).

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Chris Harrison Uses Skin As Input for Mobile Devices

April 6, 2010

A combination of simple bio-acoustic sensors and some sophisticated machine learning makes it possible for people to use their fingers or forearms — and potentially, any part of their bodies — as touchpads to control smart phones or other mobile devices.

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Justine Cassell Named HCII Director

April 5, 2010

Randal E. Bryant, dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, has announced the appointment of Justine Cassell as the new director of the school’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII). Cassell, whose research focuses on computer systems that interact with people in human-like ways, succeeds Daniel P. Siewiorek, who will resume his research and teaching duties at the university.

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Carnegie Mellon to Test Ability of Embedded Sensors to Detect Onset of Dementia, Infirmity

March 3, 2010

Carnegie Mellon University researchers in the Quality of Life Technology Center (QoLTC) will embed wireless sensors in the residences of about 50 older adults who live alone to see if they can detect subtle changes in everyday activities that indicate the onset of dementia or physical infirmities.

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Chris Harrison Receives Microsoft Fellowship

February 17, 2010

HCII PhD student Chris Harrison was one of the recipients of the highly competitive 2010 Microsoft fellowships. There were 176 nominations for these fellowships worldwide, and only 10 were granted. The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship is a two-year fellowship program for outstanding PhD students nominated by their universities. This program supports men and women in their third and fourth years of PhD graduate studies.

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Jason Hong Wins Sloan Fellowship

February 17, 2010

HCII Associate Professor Jason Hong has been announced as one of the 2010 Sloan Foundation Faculty Fellows. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

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Aruna Balakrishnan Receives Two IBM Fellowships

February 17, 2010

HCII PhD student Aruna Balakrishnan received the IBM PhD fellowship and the IBM Fran Allen Fellowship given to just one of the IBM fellowship recipients each year. Established in 2007, the Fran Allen Ph.D. Fellowship Award is awarded to a female Ph.D. research student based on her outstanding technical accomplishments and commitment to mentoring and community-building.

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HCII Students Invited to CNBC’s Meeting of the Minds

November 19, 2009

On Monday, November 30, you are invited to attend a free taping on campus of the CNBC special program, Meeting of the Minds. The program will feature leading manufacturing executives and CNBC host Maria Bartiromo. For free tickets to this show, go to to register.

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Carnegie Mellon Expands Mobile Learning Project in India

October 21, 2009

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University today announced the expansion of its Mobile & Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE) project, which will gauge the effectiveness of mobile phone-based games for teaching English lessons to students in rural India. This new phase of the research project is made possible, in part, by a grant and a supply of 450 mobile phones provided by Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Team Wins First Place at UIST 2009 Student Innovation Competition

October 12, 2009

Julia Schwarz, a first year HCII PhD student, took First Place in the Most Creative category at this year’s ACM UIST Student Innovation Contest. She was assisted by Brian Lim, Stephen Oney and Kevin Huang. This year’s contest centered around a prototype pressure-sensitive keyboard developed by Microsoft.

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HCII PhD Students Nab Two Top Awards at Yahoo’s Open Hack Day in New York City

October 12, 2009

Julia Schwarz, Bryan Pendleton, and Chris Harrison hacked together two entries in the 24-hour development period. The team was flown out to the New York City to participate in OpenHackNYC after winning the CMU-wide HackU event last October.

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HCI Student Robbed, Uses iPhone to Catch Culprits

September 2, 2009

An iPhone, Skype, and Google street view were all it took for one lucky Carnegie Mellon student to catch a group of armed robbers. Can Duruk, a senior cognitive science and human-computer interaction double major, was attacked by two armed men just before midnight on Friday night, and by 4 a.m. had led the police to the actors and identified both of them in a police lineup. Duruk’s story was completely made possible by the technology on his iPhone that he found on the Internet.

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Noboru Matsuda and Ken Koedinger Receive $1.9 Million Grant from DoED and NSF

August 28, 2009

HCII faculty members Noboru Matsuda and Ken Koedinger (with William Cohen at MLD and Gabriel Stylianides at Pitt) received new grants from the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education and the NSF REESE program (REESE = Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering).

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Bruce McLaren Receives $1.3 Million Department of Education Grant

August 27, 2009

HCII faculty member Bruce McLaren received a new grant from the U.S. Department of Education IES program (Institute of Education Science), entitled “AdaptErrEx: Exploring the Learning Benefits of Erroneous Examples and Their Dynamic Adaptations within the Context of Middle School Mathematics. The $1.3 million grant starts in September 2009 and runs for three years.

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Carnegie Mellon Announces Beta Release of Alice 3

August 13, 2009

Carnegie Mellon University today announced the beta release of Alice 3, the latest version of an innovative software environment designed to take something challenging — learning about computer programming — and make it as fun as creating an animated movie or a video game.

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Vincent Aleven and Nikol Rummel Receive One Million Dollar NSF Grant

August 12, 2009

HCII faculty members Vincent Aleven and Nikol Rummel received a new grant, from the NSF REESE program (Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering), entitled “Learning with multiple graphical representations in a complex, real-world domain: intelligent software tutors for fractions.” The grant is for three years and for a total of one million dollars.

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HCII Graduate Student Martina Rau Wins Best Student Paper Award at the 2009 AIED Conference

August 11, 2009

First-year HCII graduate student Martina Rau wins the Best Student Paper Award at the 14th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education, AIED 2009, which was held in Brighton, UK, July 6–10. Her paper, entitled “Intelligent tutoring systems with multiple representations and self-explanation prompts support learning of fractions”, was co-authored with Vincent Aleven and Nikol Rummel

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HCII Spinoff Carnegie Learning Announces International Partnership and Multiple Educational Technology Honors

June 19, 2009

Carnegie Learning Inc. has announced a three-year partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and universities in Mexico, Central America, and South America to develop Cognitive Tutor® math software for secondary school students that is adapted to the regional contexts and languages of their countries. The goal of the partnership is to understand how innovative, research-based math instruction can integrate with educational systems in these countries to help improve student math performance.

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Carnegie Mellon Develops Java Programming Tools Employing Human-Centered Design Techniques

June 17, 2009

Researchers from the School of Computer Science have developed two new tools to help computer programmers select from among thousands of options within the application programming interfaces (APIs) that are used to write applications in Java, today’s most popular programming language.

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CMU Had a Great Presence at CHI 2009

March 19, 2009

Authors from Carnegie Mellon and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, in particular, had a great presence at CHI 2009, the premier conference in Human-Computer Interaction. They presented 26 full papers, with six of these nominated for Best Paper Awards.

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Sara Kiesler Awarded ACM SIGCHI’s Lifetime Achievement Award

March 17, 2009

This year the Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Sara Kiesler. The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award SIGCHI gives. The criteria for achievement are the same as for the CHI Academy — individuals who have made extensive contributions to the study of HCI and who have led the shaping of the field — only more so.

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Ian Li Wins Smiley Award

March 5, 2009

PhD student Ian Li wins the 2009 SCS Smiley Award for innovation in technology-assisted person-to-person communication for his project Grafitter.

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Ron Salden and Vincent Aleven Win Best Paper Award at the Cognitive Science 2008 Conference

December 15, 2008

Ron Salden and Vincent Aleven of the HCI Institute, together with colleagues Alexander Renkl, and Rolf Schwonke from the University of Freiburg, Germany, won a best paper award at the Cognitive Science 2008 Conference for their paper entitled “Worked examples and tutored problem solving: redundant or synergistic forms of support?

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Dan Sieworek Speaks at 50-year Anniversary of University of Michigan Computer Science Department

May 23, 2008

HCII department head Daniel P. Sieworek, ECE faculty Rob A. Rutenbar, and former ECE faculty member John P. Shen were featured speakers at the UM CSE@50 Symposium, which celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the founding of the University of Michigan Computer Science department. All three are alumni of the University of Michigan. Siewiorek spoke about experiences ranging from parallel computing to wearable computing. Shen spoke on new opportunities in mobile computing.

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Randy Pausch Recognized by SIGSE

January 19, 2008

Randy Pausch is recognized by SIGSE for Outstanding Contributions to Computer Science Education. The award will be presented at the 39th SIGCSE Technical Symposium being held at the Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, March 2008. Randy will receive his award and deliver the keynote address on Thursday, March 13th.

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Randy Pausch Wins Karlstrom Award

December 2, 2007

Randy Pausch is selected as the winner of the 2007 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award: “For his outstanding creative contributions to the art of teaching and mentoring and for the innovative Alice programming environment with which novices can create interactive 3D experiences.”

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JJ Cadiz at Microsoft

November 19, 2007

Carnegie Mellon Alumnus, JJ Cadiz, is now Program Manager on Bill Gates’ technology assistance team at Microsoft.

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Randy Pausch Elected to 2007 Class of ACM Fellows

November 19, 2007

Randy Pausch is elected to the 2007 class of ACM Fellows. The ACM Fellow program was established by the ACM Council in June 1993 to recognize outstanding ACM members for technical, professional and leadership contributions.

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Dual Master’s Degree in Human-Computer Interaction Between Carnegie Mellon and the University of Madeira

July 24, 2007

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Madeira in Portugal will launch a joint program this fall for a dual master’s degree in human-computer interaction that will involve course work on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Jodi Forlizzi Awarded Habermann Chair

June 20, 2007

Congratulations to Jodi Forlizzi one of HCII’s rising stars, for being awarded the A. Nico Habermann Chair in the School of Computer Science.

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HCII Collaborates with University of Madeira, Portugal

April 18, 2007

Beginning in August 2007, the Human-Computer Interaction Institute will extend its presence to Europe by embarking on a new and exciting collaboration with the University of Madeira, Portugal. In a joint dual degree initiative, students apply to the University of Madeira HCI program, subject to the same review and acceptance standards of all HCII applicants. The accepted candidates begin their course of study in Pittsburgh during the fall semester. Further course work and projects continue in Portugal starting with the spring semester.

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Bonnie John Elected to the CHI Academy

February 13, 2005

Bonnie John has been elected to the CHI Academy, an honorary group, each of whom has made extensive contributions to the study of HCI and who have been leaders in shaping the field.

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Vincent Aleven, Bruce McLaren, Ido Roll, and Ken Koedinger Win Best Paper Award at ITS 2004

November 19, 2004

Vincent Aleven, Bruce McLaren, Ido Roll, and Ken Koedinger win the Best Paper Award during the Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, ITS 2004.

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Jacob O. Wobbrock, Brad A. Myers, Htet Htet Aung, and Edmund F. LoPresti Win the Best Paper Award at ACM ASSETS'04

November 9, 2004

The title of the winning paper is “Text Entry from Power Wheelchairs: EdgeWrite for Joysticks and Touchpads”. This paper is about our EdgeWrite technology, for which we have applied for a patent, and which we are currently negotiating a license for deployment on wheelchairs.

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Five Faculty Receive New Grants

April 20, 2004

Bonnie John, Effective Team Support--NASA
Sara Kiesler, Robotic Assistants for the Elderly--NSF
Christian Lebiere, ACT-R--Navy
Randy Pausch, Information Cockpits--SPAWAR
Alex Waibel, ROAR (Robust Speech Recognition Under Noise)--SPAWAR

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Sara Kiesler Receives Hillman Professorship in the School of Computer Science

April 1, 2004

PITTSBURGH--Sara Kiesler, professor of human-computer interaction in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science (SCS), has been named to the Hillman Professorship in Computer Science, a chaired professorship created in 1986 through the Hillman Foundation, Inc., to attract the best and brightest faculty to SCS.

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Brad Myers Elected to the CHI Academy

February 22, 2004

Please join in congratulating Brad Myers on being elected to the CHI Academy class of 2004. Election to the CHI Academy is the highest honor in our area and recognizes Brad’s outstanding research.

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HCII Authors Have Seven Papers Accepted at CHI'04

December 11, 2003

Congratulations are in order for the accepted CHI papers with HCII authors or co-authors listed below. Overall 93 of 578 papers submitted to CHI this year were accepted. Five of these 7 papers below have student first authors. Three of those were among the top 10 ranked accepted papers at the conference, and all 5 were in the top 20.

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Richard Scheines’s Project Used by Centenary College

September 30, 2003

Centenary College in New Jersey is using educational technology developed by Professor Richard Scheines to revise its curriculum.

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Peter Brusilovsky to Speak at Italian and German National HCI Conference

September 26, 2003

Peter Brusilovsky is a keynote speaker at the Italian and German national HCI conferences this fall.

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Researchers Develop Context-Aware Mobile Phone

September 4, 2003

Professors Asim Smailagic and Dan Siewiorek, along with a team of students from the College of Engineering, the School of Computer Science and the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, have developed a new context-aware mobile phone technology called SenSay that can keep track of many everyday details in a person’s life, including email sent, phone calls made and the user’s location. The phone also adapts to dynamically changing environmental and psychological conditions.

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Students Win Computer Human Interaction Live Interactionary Competition

August 18, 2003

Students from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute recently won the Computer Human Interaction Live Interactionary Competition.

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John R. Anderson to Receive the David E. Rumelhart Prize for Contributions to the Formal Analysis of Human Cognition

August 18, 2003

The Glushko-Samuelson Foundation and the Cognitive Science Society are pleased to announce that John R. Anderson has been chosen as the fourth recipient of the $100,000 David E. Rumelhart Prize, awarded annually for outstanding contributions to the formal analysis of human cognition.

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Santosh Mathan and Ken Koedinger Win John Self Prize for the Best Student Paper at the AIED Conference

August 7, 2003

Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) doctoral student Santosh Mathan and Associate Professor Ken Koedinger received the John Self Prize for best student paper at the 11th Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED) conference in Sydney, Australia, for their work “Recasting the Feedback Debate: Benefits of Tutoring Error Detection and Correction Skills.”

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Pamela Jennings Named SCI Fellow

November 19, 2002

Pamela Jennings has been named a Research Fellow with the Studio for Creative Inquiry.

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Pamela Jennings Receives Berkman Faculty Development Fund Grant

November 19, 2002

Pamela Jennings has received a grant from the Berkman Faculty Development Fund for the Interlinks research project and curriculum development.

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Neil Hefferman Awarded National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

November 19, 2002

The National Academy of Education announces that Dr. Neil Heffernan (currently a postdoc in the HCII) has been chosen to be a 2002–2003 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, for his project, A Comparison of Student Learning Under Multiple Conditions: Classroom instruction, one-on-one human tutoring, and different types of computer tutoring.

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Ames Astrogram Praises Five MHCI Students

November 19, 2002

Ames Astrogram, an official publication of the Ames Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, gives a glowing review of five HCII master’s students working at the Human Performance Lab at NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Are Featured in a New Book by William Shatner and Chip Walter

October 10, 2002

Carnegie Mellon researchers and some of their cutting-edge work take center stage in a new book about the future written by Star Trek's “Captain Kirk,” William Shatner, and science writer and future trends specialist Chip Walter. The book, entitled “I’m Working on That: A Trek from Science Fiction to Science Fact” (Simon and Schuster), explores how many of the technologies envisioned in Star Trek’s television series and movies are now becoming realities.

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Two HCII Researchers Among Top Five in List of Most Publications at All CHI Conferences

April 20, 2002

For the ACM SIGCHI Conference for 2002, there is a web site that contains “CHI Trivia.” One question is: “Who has published the most at CHI conferences (count all pubs, not just full papers)?” The answer has Brad Myers in second with 36 publications and Bonnie John in fifth with 31. Another question is “Who has published the most PAGES at CHI conferences (this puts more weight on full papers)?” For this question, Dr. John is second with 161 pages and Dr.

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CMU’s Bronze Medal

March 31, 2002

In Jakob Nielsen’s evaluation of HCI research labs, CMU gets a (preliminary) bronze medal for 2000–2010…

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Sara Kiesler Elected to the CHI Academy

March 20, 2002

The SIGCHI Awards Committee announced the election of Sara Kiesler to the CHI Academy. This is the highest recognition for outstanding leadership of the field off human-computer interaction. Others elected this year include William Buxton, John Carroll, Doug Engelbart, Thomas Landauer, and Lucy Suchman. The awards will be presented at CHI 2002 in Minneapolis in April.

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