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Nesra Yannier

Senior Systems Scientist

Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Nesra Yannier


Campus Address

Newell-Simon Hall 2602F



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Research Areas

Learning Sciences and Technologies

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Game Design

Administrative Staff

Mary Kate Noonan


Nesra Yannier is a Senior Systems Scientist in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her background spans multiple disciplines, with undergraduate degrees in Physics and Computer Engineering, M.S. in Computational Sciences & Engineering, M.A. in Learning, Design & Technology, and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction. She is passionate about creating innovative educational technologies and learning experiences at the intersection of physical and virtual worlds to improve children’s learning and engagement. She has received a Mister Rogers Scholarship (Emmy’s College Television Awards) and Innovation Fellowship from Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship to take her PhD research forward to benefit society. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation as well as other foundations such as PNC Grow Up Great, EQT Foundation, Grable Foundation and Sprout Foundation. Her educational technologies (Intelligent Science Stations shown to improve learning by 5 times compared to other screen-based technologies) are being used in many museums, science centers, schools and after school programs reaching millions of children and families in the US and Europe.

Research Interests

Learning Sciences, Educational Technology, Tangible Interfaces, Mixed-Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Haptics