My research lies in the broad area of changing, empowering, and simplifying how people use complex interactive systems or perform complex tasks in various situational contexts. This includes interactions, support for creativity tools, tutorials, crowdsourcing, and data-driven interfaces. I usually conduct my work through a mix of building systems and performing empirical studies.
Feel free to reach me at view my CV here.
My name is pronounced as "Girard" with no 2nd "r."
|05/09/13||Enjoying Madrid, Spain with parental units|
|05/04/13||Driving to Lourdes in South France|
|04/28/13||Flying to Paris for CHI 2013|
|04/16/13||Julie Kientz gives MISC talk|
|04/15/13||Psyched to join Carnegie Mellon for my PhD!|
|04/11/13||Watched Massimo Banzi's talk. Inspiring.|
|03/26/13||Jodi Forlizzi gives talk at MISC|
|03/21/13||CMU HCII Open House. Amazing place.|
|03/19/13||Visited UW CSE. Lots of energy here.|
|03/18/13||Third stop: Berkeley. Awesome HCI vibe.|
|03/15/13||Visited Stanford. Great people.|
|03/13/13||Next stop: UCSD. Connected with Scott K.|
|02/28/13||MIT CS Visit Days. Impressive research.|
Selected Masters Projects
G. Laput, M. Dontcheva, G. Wilensky, W. Chang, A. Agarwala, J. Linder, and E. Adar (CHI 2013)
Photo editing can be a challenging task, and it becomes even more difficult on the small, portable screens such as camera phones that are now frequently used to edit images. To address this problem we present PixelTone, a multimodal photo editing interface that combines speech and direct manipulation.
Gierad Laput (Coursework for SI 649 - InfoViz)
This visualization uncovers the relationship between Kiva borrowers and how their borrowing patterns are distributed across time. Is there a lending pattern among Kiva users? What times of the week, month, or year do Kiva users tend to borrow more? Is this pattern common across other countries? I am interested to know when borrowers often need the money. By uncovering this question, I can synchronize my lending habits to match this pattern, and make more intelligent anticipations.
Gierad Laput, Eytan Adar, Mira Dontcheva, and Wilmot Li (UIST 2012)
Powerful image editing software like Adobe Photoshop and GIMP have complex interfaces that can be hard to master. To help users perform image editing tasks, we introduce tutorial-based applications (tapps) that retain the step-by-step structure and descriptive text of tutorials but can also automatically apply tutorial steps to new images. Thus, tapps can be used to batch process many images automatically, similar to traditional macros. Tapps also support interactive exploration of parameters, automatic variations, and direct manipulation (e.g., selection, brushing).
Gierad Laput, Yiying Lin, Micah Linnemeir, and Ramachandra Vijjapurapu (CHI 2012)
One's home is often a place that reflects and affirms one's identity, but when an elderly person moves to a group living environment, they must re-assert themselves and make new social connections in a place that may inadvertently frame them in terms of their disabilities. We present StoryCubes, a system that helps residents of independent living communities make connections through sharing stories, and express their identity in terms of their unique background, interests, and values.
Naomi Herman-Aplet, Wei-Tzu Huang, Andrew Katz, and Gierad Laput
This is a Contextual Inquiry project for Michigan SeaGrant, a non-profit inter-university research organization focusing on the coastal resources within the Great Lakes. Michigan SeaGrant approached our group to seek guidance on identifying the potential ways to improve the information and communication flow within their organization. They expressed challenges on the internal workflow processes within their group. They were also seeking for guidance on effective ways of using technology to help them accomplish tasks and become more efficient with their roles.
Steve Lonn, Andrew Krumm, Joe Waddington, Stephanie Teasley, and Gierad Laput
Augmenting student intervention for high-risk STEM students using analytics data from learning management systems. This work is part of a larger project at the University of Michigan USE Lab. The project focuses on identifying high-risk engineering students through analytics acquired from learning management systems (i.e. CTools, Sakai).
Gierad Laput (coursework for SI 520 - Graphic Design)
This is a compilation of selected works and assignments from my Graphic Design class. It's a collection of web, mobile, and print graphic design projects.
Gierad Laput (coursework on SI688 - Fundamentals of Human Behavior)
This paper is a critique and analysis of Nike+GPS. This project is a semester-long introspective study on a selected interactive system, analyzed through the lens of fundamental human behavior and human-computer interaction. The goal of the study is to provide a critique of the system from personal experience using concepts learned from SI 688 - Fundamentals of Human Behavior.
Selected Undergraduate Projects
Gierad Laput, Tom Alexander
In March 2011, the first ever Ford IT Innovation Contest was launched. The contest's premise was that anyone at Ford IT can submit ideas in improving the way people work or those that would directly benefit the company. Tom Alexander and I decided to participate. We formed the idea of CrowdConnect, an IT platform that harnesses the intelligence, manpower, and diversity of crowds within Ford. Think of it as internal crowdsourcing inside a company with over 100,000+ employees.
Gierad Laput, David Mitchell, Randy Nunez
As a Researcher for mobile computing under the Ford IT Enterprise Technology Research group, I investigated various opportunities to use mobile computing to empower Ford's workforce. The primary question our group wanted to answer was: What mobile technologies are available that will provide Ford with access to information from anywhere, anytime, and any device? What would it take to build these capabilities and deliver them as an IT service?
Gierad Laput, David Sant, Greg Auner
The researchers at the Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) group at Wayne State University needed a faster and more efficient way to analyze hundreds of bacteria samples digitized using Raman spectroscopy. BacLearner was a developed to directly address this need. By using C# as the user interface framework and calling MATLAB functions to perform analysis via Dynamic-Link Libraries (DLL's), BacLearner was able to incorporate the best of both worlds.
Zheng Zhong, Gierad Laput, and Yi Lu Murphey
As an undergraduate research assistant for the Intelligent Systems research group at the University of Michigan - Dearborn, I developed a probabilistic model to reduce false alarm occurrences that were inherent with the group's vehicle detection system. I observed that some false alarms were detected in sections of the camera viewport where a vehicle is highly unlikely to be spotted.
Gierad Laput (coursework for ECE 583)
As an elective for my Bachelor's degree, I took a graduate-level class in Neural Networks and found it to be extremely exciting. In one of the final assignments, we were individually asked to apply and evaluate back-propagation in solving several types of problems that include classification, function estimation, and time-series prediction.
Gierad Laput, David Sant, and Joe Smolinksi
In my first assignment as an REU for the Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) group at Wayne State University, they handed me with an enormous pile of metal struts, nuts, bolts, projectors, and a bunch of computer hardware. These pieces of parts were apparently components of a virtual reality system that was donated by Delphi to the university. The group's goal was to ultimately rebuild the system and use it as a tool to help in their research.
These projects were done during my time as a freelance web designer
I am forever indebted to Mr. Adam Edson Silva for introducing me to HTML in 2002, and for putting up with my seemingly unending barrage of questions. There was something about typing stuff in notepad and witnessing the browser translate it into a beautiful page that continues to fascinate me up to this day. These are selections of web development and design projects that I've been involved (as a freelance designer and on my free time).
Labs and Experimental Stuff
Kikko Paradela, and Gierad Laput
In this project, I collaborated with Kikko Paradela to build an interactive installation for an Open House event at the College for Creative Studies. He was given the "Design Select" award among his graduating class, which gave him an opportunity convey the message of his design works through a Karaoke System at the Open House. In this work, I was involved with piecing together the technical aspects of the Karaoke System, which includes Scoring and programmatically coordinating various screen views.
Kikko Paradela, Scott Waraniak, and Gierad Laput
This project is a collaboration with Kikko Paradela and Scott Waraniak from the College for Creative Studies. As a class project, the goal was to build an interactive installation to promote awareness on the interplay between producers and consumers in shaping the economies of products.
Built using jQuery and CSS3 transform tags
A quick experiment on JS and CSS3 Transformations. It looks pretty cool, but maybe not very useful.
One of my earlier experiments (circa 2008)
Using several tools available online, I was able to access the raw accelerometer data for the MacBook. I exploited this information and designed gestures that were simple, intuitive, and "wacky". Here, I'm using my MacBook as a giant iPod which controls music using "wacky" gestures.
This is an account of the process behind the redesign of [this] website. The goal is to give you (the reader) a glimpse of the process with the rationale that it would instill a greater appreciation of the research, design, and development involved in crafting an interactive system. The final product itself is merely a residue of the long, methodical, and incremental process behind its construction.