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.PROGRAM
My research program in human-computer interaction designs, builds, and evaluates novel interactive technologies that greatly enhance input expressivity for users and contextual awareness for devices in more practical ways. 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.
RECENT + UPCOMING TRAVEL
2019 January— Apple Turi Research (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)