About Gierad

I'm a Ph.D. Student at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. I specialize in Human-Computer Interaction, Sensing, and Machine Learning.

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. If you want to join our team, or if there's a story that you'd like us to cover, email us: xrds@acm.org!

My research program explores 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 sensing applications. My secondary interests revolve around interactive sensing and fabrication. I am advised by Chris Harrison at the Future Interfaces Group.

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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.

Latest Peer-Reviewed Publications

Majority of my work has been published at premiere venues in Human-Computer Interaction. Click on each project to browse abstracts, supporting materials (e.g., video, images, datasets), and frequently asked questions.

Synthetic Sensors

Towards General-Purpose Sensing. Gierad Laput, Yang Zhang, Chris Harrison. CHI 2017.


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 Zhou, 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.