About Gierad

Gierad is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, where he specializes in technical human-computer interaction. He is a Google PhD Fellow, a Swartz Innovation Fellow for Entrepreneurship, a Qualcomm Innovation Fellow, an Adobe Research Fellow, and a Disney Research Fellow. He is also a recipient of the Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, along with 6 Best Paper Awards and Nominations at premiere venues in human-computer interaction.


My research in human-computer interaction designs, builds, and evaluates novel interactive technologies that greatly enhances input expressivity for users and contextual awareness for devices. My research lies at the intersection of interactive systems, sensing, and applied machine learning.

My research has spanned areas in novel sensing for mobile and wearable computing, smart environments, and the Internet of Things. I approach this work from two equally rigorous angles: 1) exploiting sensing opportunities that don't require special-purpose hardware or invasive instrumentation, and 2) inventing novel hardware to unlock unexplored sensing capabilities. Most recently, I've complemented this work with deep learning techniques, unlocking even more novel applications. I am advised by Chris Harrison at the Future Interfaces Group.

I am also Editor-in-Chief of XRDS, ACM's premiere magazine for students. I work alongside my amazing co-Editor-in-Chief Diane Golay. I am also the originator of Zensors, Inc., and Mites.io, two startups spun-off from my research.

Most people pronounce my name as "Girard" (which is fine). If you're curious, it's like "Girard" but drop the second "r". More of a "gi-rah-d". Its not a typical Filipino name.


2019 January— Apple Research, Interview (Seattle, WA)
2018 October— Apple, Consulting (Cupertino, CA)
2018 October— American Express AI, Consulting (New York)
2018 October— ASSETS '18, Paper Presentation (Ireland)
2018 October— UIST '18, Paper Presentation (Berlin)
2018 October— UbiComp '18, Paper Presentation (Singapore)
2018 September— Augmented Human, Invited Speaker (Pittsburgh)
2018 September— ACM Editors Summit (London)
2018 August— Google PhD Fellowship Summit (Mt. View, CA)
2018 June— UIST 2018 Program Committee Meeting (Seattle, WA)
2018 June— Adobe Research, Invited Talk (Seattle, WA)
2018 May— World Sensors Symposium, Invited Keynote Panel (Anaheim, CA)
2018 May— Qualcomm Research, Invited Talk (San Diego, CA)
2018 May— Snap Research, Invited Talk (Venice, CA)
2018 May— UC San Diego, HCI Invited Talk (San Diego, CA)
2018 March— University of Michigan, HCI Invited Talk (Ann Arbor, MI)
2018 Feb— Microsoft Research, Consulting (Redmond, WA)

Latest Peer-Reviewed Publications

I publish my work at premiere venues in Human-Computer Interaction. Click on each project to download papers, access supporting materials, and read FAQs.


Plug-and-Play Acoustic Activity Recognition. Gierad Laput, Karan Ahuja, Mayank Goel, Chris Harrison. UIST 2018.

Crowd-AI Sensing

Crowd-AI Camera Sensing in the Real World. Anhong Guo, Anuraag Jain, Shomiron Ghose, Gierad Laput, Chris Harrison, Jeffrey Bigham. UBICOMP 2018.


Low-Cost Touch Sensing Using Electric Field Tomography. Yang Zhang, Gierad Laput, Chris Harrison. CHI 2017.


Socially-Inclusive Local Group Authentication Through Shared Secret Knocks. Sauvik Das, Gierad Laput, Chris Harrison, Jason Hong. CHI 2017.

Best Paper Nomination

Deus EM Machina

On-Touch Contextual Functionality for Smart IoT Appliances. Robert Xiao, Gierad Laput, Yang Zhang, Chris Harrison. CHI 2017.


Adding Interactive Input to Fabricated Objects Using Corrugated Tubes and Air Pulses. Liang He, Gierad Laput, Eric Brockmeyer, John Froehlich. TEI 2017.


High-Fidelity Bio-Acoustic Sensing Using Commodity Smartwatch Accelerometers. Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Chris Harrison. UIST 2016.

Best Paper Award


Enabling Around-Smartwatch Interactions with Electric Field Sensing. Junhan Zhuo, Yang Zhang, Gierad Laput, Chris Harrison. UIST 2016.


Using the Body as an Electrical Waveguide for Finger Tracking on the Skin. Yang Zhang, Junhan Zhuo, Gierad Laput, Chris Harrison. CHI 2016.

Best Paper Nomination


Ad-Hoc Configuration Sensing Using Swept-Frequency Ultrasonics. Gierad Laput, Xiang Chen, Chris Harrison. IUI 2016.

3D Printed Hair

Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles. Gierad Laput, Xiang Chen, Chris Harrison. UIST 2015.


Passive, Acoustically-Driven, Interactive Controls for Handheld Devices. Gierad Laput, Eric Brockmeyer, Scott Hudson, Chris Harrison. CHI 2015.

Best Paper Award


Adaptive, Rapidly Deployable, Human-Intelligent Sensor Feeds. Gierad Laput, Walter Lasecki, Jason Wiese, Robert Xiao, Jeff Bigham, Chris Harrison. CHI 2015.

Skin Buttons

Cheap, Small, Low-Power and Clickable Fixed-Icon Laser Projections. Gierad Laput, Robert Xiao, Xiang Chen, Scott Hudson, Chris Harrison. Published at UIST 2014.


Modeling the Relationships Between Tasks, Descriptions and Features. Eytan Adar, Mira Dontcheva, Gierad Laput. UIST 2014.

Smart WatchFace

Expanding the Input Expressivity of Smartwatches Using Mechanical Pan, Twist, Tilt, and Click. Robert Xiao, Gierad Laput, Chris Harrison. CHI 2014.

Pixel Reverse-Engineering

Pixel-Based Methods for Widget State and Style in Runtime Sliding Widgets. Morgan Dixon, Gierad Laput, James Fogarty. Published at CHI 2014 in collaboration with James Fogarty and Morgan Dixon, before I started my Ph.D.


A Multimodal Interface for Image Editing. Gierad Laput, Mira Dontcheva, Gregg Wilensky, Walter Chang, Aseem Agarwala, Jason Linder, Eytan Adar. At CHI 2013, before I started my Ph.D.


Tutorial-Based Interfaces for Cloud-Enabled Applications. Gierad Laput, Mira Dontcheva, Eytan Adar, Wilmot Li. Published at UIST 2012, before I started my Ph.D.