About Gierad

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

My research program explores novel sensing technologies for mobile and wearable computing, smart environments, and the Internet of Things. I approach this work from two equally rigorous angles: 1) I exploit sensing opportunities that don't require special-purpose hardware or invasive instrumentation, and 2) I invent and build novel hardware to unlock unexplored sensing capabilities. Most recently, I've also started investigating unconventional input techniques for fabricated objects. 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, my name is pronounced as "Girard" without the second "r". Its not a typical Filipino name.

Latest Peer-Reviewed Publications

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


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.


Touch Recognition of Uninstrumented Electrical and Electromechanical Objects. Gierad Laput, Chuochang Yang, Robert Xiao, Alanson Sample, Chris Harrison. UIST 2015.

Best Talk Award

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.