HCI Labs

Some faculty, or small groups of faculty with shared interests, maintain lab web sites listing on-going projects and student members. These sites are often in addition to a faculty member's personal site (found via the faculty listing).

These faculty and their labs are often part of larger clusters of faculty, called Centers. Learn more on the Centers page.


Faculty: Ellen Do

We are interested in everything about design computing and cognition! From ambient intelligence to physical computing, from sketch understanding to intuitive design tools, from web log analysis to social networking, from patient communication systems to ubiquitous computing, from interactive furniture to architectural robotics, just to name a few.


Faculty: Brian Magerko, Mark Riedl

The Adaptive Media Lab explores how to create digital media experiences that tailor themselves to individual users. These adaptations may occur for dramatic purposes (e.g. interactive narrative), educational purposes (e.g. serious games), and / or purely for entertainment. This research involves work in design, artificial intelligence, and human computer interaction.

Augmented Environments Lab

Faculty: Blair MacIntyre, Frank Dellaert, Greg Turk

We focus on understanding how to build interactive computing environments that directly augment a user's senses with computer-generated images. Much of our work is with smart phones and tablets.

Autism Research Group

Faculty: Gregory Abowd, Thad Starner, Jim Rehg

Automated capture technologies and access interfaces for exploring therapeutic interventions to assess behavioral and learning improvements in children. Captured data is analyzed over time to track the progress of any intervention.


Faculty: Tucker Balch, Frank Dellaert

The BORG Lab focuses on enabling large-scale physical multi-agent systems, (including humans, robots and other automated systems), to collaborate effectively in dynamic, noisy and unknown environments. Our lab is particularly interested in the problems associated with making the most effective use of sensors distributed among collaborating agents.

Brain Lab

Faculty: Melody Moore Jackson

The main mission of the BrainLab is to study biometric interfaces for assistive technology, particularly Direct Brain Interfaces, to improve the quality of life for people with severe disabilities.

Computational Perception Lab

Faculty: Irfan Essa, Jim Rehg, Frank Dellaert, Aaron Bobick

The Computational Perception Laboratory was created to explore and develop the next generation of intelligent machines, interfaces and environments for modeling, perceiving, recognizing and interacting with humans.

Contextualized Support for Learning

Faculty: Mark Guzdial

Students are more successful when their learning is embedded in a context that shows relevance and motivates. The CSL Laboratory explores what kinds of contexts are most successful and creates tools to support contextualized learning.

CS Education Research

Faculty: Amy Bruckman, Barbara Ericson, Mark Guzdial, Bill Leahy, Mike McCracken, John Stasko, Monica Sweat

This informal research group studies how people come to understand computing, and how we can measure and improve that understanding.

Design & Intelligence Lab

Faculty: Ashok Goel, Spencer Rugaber

The Design & Intelligence Laboratory conducts research on computational design and computational creativity at the intersection of AI, cognitive science and human-centered computing.

Digital Video Special Effects

Faculty: Irfan Essa, Frank Dellaert

The DVFX Group focuses on exploring the technical aspects of digital video special effects production and computer animation.

Experimental Television Lab

Faculty: Janet Murray

We explore the future of narrative forms in the digital medium that is emerging as TV converges with computing. We prototype applications on current and hypothetical platforms, using narrative material drawn from actual and planned television shows and by creating narratives specifically for interactivity.

Human-Factors and Aging Lab

Faculty: Arthur Fisk, Wendy Rogers

We seek fundamental understandings of aging, cognition, and attention. We then apply that knowledge to design issues important to the quality and safety of the daily living activities encountered by older adults.

Information Interfaces Group

Faculty: John Stasko, Rahul Basole

We develop ways to help people explore data via innovative interfaces and applications in the areas of information visualization and visual analytics. The group assists people and organizations solve problems and understand the world better through visualization.


Faculty: Keith Edwards

A group of researchers who explore the boundaries between interaction and infrastructure. We take a human-centered approach by understanding the needs and practices of people with empirical methods, designing compelling user experiences that fit that context, then building the software infrastructure necessary to realize that user experience.

Public Design Workshop

Faculty: Carl DiSalvo

We investigate existing and possible roles of technology and design in shaping public discourse and action. We use methods such as theory and criticism, ethnography, writing and media, participatory design, workshops and events, program development, critical design projects and technology development.

Sonification Lab

Faculty: Bruce Walker

We seek the optimal data-to-sound mappings for use in scientific sonification and investigate whether these optimal mappings vary within and/or across fields of application. Our research projects are collaborative efforts, often including empirical (lab) studies, software and hardware development, field studies, usabilty investigations, and focus group studies.

Synaesthetic Media Lab

Faculty: Ali Mazalek

Synlab explores emerging modalities in new media. Our research focuses on tangible interaction and sensing technologies that support creative expression bridging the physical and digital worlds. Applications range across media arts, entertainment, sciences and educational domains.

Ubiquitous Computing Group

Faculty: Gregory Abowd

We consider the research issues involved in building and evaluating ubicomp applications and services that impact our lives. Much of our work is situated in settings of everyday activity, such as the classroom, the office and the home.