Summer 2017

Summer 2017

This summer we welcomed five undergrads and two MS students. Along with the Ph.D. students that kept our lab bustling all over the summer.

Taylor Day, Junior from the Texas A & M University and Mariko Kamiya, Sophomore from the Swarthmore College, joined the HCI lab as DREU (Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates) scholars. Funded by the CRA-WDREU is a highly selective program that matches students with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty mentor’s home institution. Read more about their experience in their blogs (Taylor’s blog and Mari’s blog). Taylor’s work has been accepted as a poster at the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

We also hosted two UIC Rising Star Interns Jack Delaney and Maxwell Dausch. They are both freshmen at the UIC College of Engineering and majoring in Computer Science. Jack worked with Ph.D. student Pantea Habibi on touchless interactions and Max worked with Ph.D. student Harish Naik on collaborative proxemics.

Giovanni Garcia, a rising sophomore from the UIC Honors College joined our lab and is working on a collocated interaction project.

Nina Sakhnini joined the Master’s program in Computer Science (transferring from Electrical and Computer Engineering) and preparing to embark on her thesis starting next fall. She is working with Ramikarn Chevendra, another Computer Science MS student, on ambient interactions this summer. Ramikarn is working on his Master’s project in human-computer interaction.

Vivek Krishnakumar graduated with a Master’s in Computer Science from UIC this May and joined us for the summer as a Research Specialist. He is working on a collaborative project with Prof. Jakob Eriksson to design new tools for browsing Chicago’s public transit.

As we get ready to bid farewell to our summer interns next week, fall feels imminent.

photo credits: The Internet; Lance Long, EVL

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