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  • side by side photos of Haiyi Zhu and Geoff Kaufman

    Zhu, Kaufman Receive Chairs Named Honoring Longtime HCII Faculty

      Haiyi Zhu and Geoff Kaufman, both faculty members in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII), are the inaugural recipients...

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    Nagashima Receives Award at AECT 2020

      Tomohiro Nagashima, HCI Ph.D. student, received the “Nova Southeastern University Award for Outstanding Practice” at the 2020 Asso...

  • one SCS student points to her research poster and explains her work to another student

    HCII Announces DEI Committee and Fund

      Founding a new committee while working remotely during a pandemic might not sound like ideal timing, but those challenges have not...

  • 3 adults and a child sit at the NoRILLA table and build towers with blocks

    Team Receives $2.3M from NSF for Intelligent Science Stations

    A team of Human-Computer Interaction Institute researchers composed of Systems Scientist Nesra Yannier (PI) and Professors Ken Koedinger (...

  • Abdelkareem Bedri

    Two SCS Students Win 2020 Google PhD Fellowships

      Abdelkareem Bedri and Anjalie Field, Ph.D. students in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute and the Language Technologies Inst...

  • screenshot of Lining Yao speaking during the lab video "Morphing Matter is...?"

    MML Video Explores Morphing Matter From Home

      In a typical year, Assistant Professor Lining Yao and some of her students would travel to Linz, Austria, to attend Ars Electronic...

  • a smart speaker hears water running nearby and displays this on laptop screen

    FIG Lab Receives 4 Innovation by Design Awards

      Four projects from the HCII's Future Interfaces Group (FIG Lab) were honored by Fast Company's 2020 Innovation by Design Awards. ...

  • Ahuja and Pareddy

    Ahuja and Pareddy are Finalists in Collegiate Inventors Competition


  • Megan Hofmann

    Five SCS Students Named Siebel Scholars


  • Haojian Jin

    Jin Receives 2020 UbiComp Outstanding Student Award

      Haojian Jin, fifth year PhD student, received the Gaetano Borriello Outstanding Student Award on Thursday, September 17, 2020, dur...

  • Jessica Hammer

    Hammer Receives Global Women in Games Hall of Fame Award

    Jessica Hammer, Thomas and Lydia Moran Assistant Professor of Learning Science, was named to the Global Women in Games Hall of Fame last w...

  •  man in a green shirt standing beside DJ bot, which sits on top of a dresser in his home

    More than Human-Centred Design: CMU at DIS 2020

    Like many other conferences this year, the 2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) was held virtually in July. The them...

  • a capture of the computer screen dashboard during the game's tutorial

    Live-Streamed Game Collects Sounds To Help Train Home-Based Artificial Intelligence

    From yawning to closing the fridge door, a lot of sounds occur within the home. Such sounds could be useful for home-based artificial in...

  • screenshot from the computer game Persuasion Invasion

    Video Game Teaches Productive Civil Discourse and Overcoming Tribalism

      How can students learn to make their civil discourse more productive? One Carnegie Mellon University researcher proposes an AI-po...

  • 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


  • Amazon Research Award logo on navy blue background

    Hong Receives 2019 Amazon Research Award

      Professor Jason Hong was awarded a 2019 Amazon Research Award in support of the project "Designing Alternative Representations of ...

  • 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 ...