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  • 3 side by side drawings of a bookshelf, where the IoT devices are circled

    Shedding Light (and Sound) on Hidden IoT Devices in Your Next Hotel Room


  • over McGee's shoulder, picturephone and typewriter on table. Harrison speaks via picturephone

    Fifty Years Into "Picturephones," CMU Revamps Original Machine With Modern Twist

      "Some people in Pittsburgh are seeing voices."

  • 6 capstone teammates sit on floor below a large affinity diagram on the infamous 'MHCI green wall'

    Zazzle Uses MHCI Capstone Ideas To Create New Products

    Wuyang Wang knew she got lucky last year.

  • a hand holds a smartphone

    Perception of Privacy-Utility Tradeoffs in Contact-Tracing Apps Key to Widespread Adoption

    CMU Researchers Find Users Prefer Centralized System Contact-tracing could help curb the spread of COVID-19. While the process can be pe...

  • 4 images: 3D printed mask, a chart, illustration of student high fiveing teacher & US map counties

    HCII Responds to the Pandemic

    As stay-at-home orders swept across the country during the Covid-19 pandemic, our researchers answered the call to help others. When the ...

  • Hirokazu Shirado stands in hallway between Gates and NSH buildings

    Study Questions Benefits of Social Networks to Disaster Response

      Communication Within Groups Not as Helpful as Anticipated Faced with a common peril, people delay making decisions that might s...

  • a heart covered in the self-hearling polymer has been sliced in half

    Self-Healing Devices Gain or Regain Function After Being Cut

    A "smart" polymer cast that automatically seals itself around a broken arm, a membrane that can sense where it has been cut, and pneumati...

  • Carnegie Mellon Launches New Undergraduate Degree in Human-Computer Interaction

    HCI Major Addresses Growing Demand for Expertise in Technology and Design

  • screenshot of the multi step process of building the tutoring system

    New AI Enables Teachers To Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems

    Intelligent tutoring systems have been shown to be effective in helping to teach certain subjects, such as algebra or grammar, but creati...

  • A person sitting at table eating bite of food. There is a small sensor on the side of their glasses

    FitByte Uses Sensors on Eyeglasses To Automatically Monitor Diet

    CMU Researchers Propose Multimodal System To Track Foods, Liquid Intake Food plays a big role in our health, and for that reason many pe...

  • student wearing VR headset on face touches the face of a lion statue while wires connect fingers to the Wireality device on her shoulder

    New Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in Virtual Reality

    Strings Attached to Hand, Fingers Create More Realistic Haptic Feedback Today's virtual reality systems can create immersive visual expe...

  • Jason Hong Named to CHI Academy

      Professor Jason Hong has been named to the 2020 CHI Academy, an honorary group of individuals who have made substantial contributi...

  • HCII and CHI logos side by side

    Virtual Talks from CHI 2020

      The 2020 international ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) was scheduled to take place this week (April...

  • HCII logo and CHI 2020 logo with Hawaiian flower side by side

    HCII Research Accepted to CHI 2020

      The international ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (also known as CHI) was scheduled to take place this we...

  • screenshot of the COVIDcast website: a map of the US with counties colored to show variations in COVID data

    Carnegie Mellon Unveils Five Interactive COVID-19 Maps

    Carnegie Mellon University today unveiled five interactive maps displaying real-time information on symptoms, doctor visits, medical tes...

  • Jessica Hammer

    Hammer Earns NSF CAREER Award

    Jessica Hammer, the Thomas and Lydia Moran Assistant Professor of Learning Science in the School of Computer Science's Human-Computer Inte...

  • Five female AI researchers stand in the bridge between NSH and Gates

    The Future of AI is Female

    Showcasing CMU's women in AI research across the career continuum Carnegie Mellon University has shaped artificial intelligence (AI) fr...

  • 4 students at a table during the hackathon & show their laptop screens while working on Lucid Drums

    HCII Students’ Game Wins "Most Creative" at TreeHacks

    Lucid Drums earned Most Creative Hack and finished in Top 8

  • young student smiles while sitting at desk with laptop and extra screen and playing a game online

    Game Developers Level Up as COVID Pushes People Home

    With many stuck in their homes as cities around the world try to reduce transmission of COVID-19, people are turning to games as a way to ...

  • image of airport cafe with crowded area highlighted in a rectangular box

    CMU Spinoff Offers AI Platform To Help Governments Address COVID-19

    People who manage public facilities and spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic have lots of new questions that artificial intelligence and ...