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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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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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 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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