About Gierad

I'm a Ph.D. Student at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. My research program explores the intersection of interactive systems, sensing, and machine learning. These often lie in application-centric domains that enhance interface expressivity and amplify implicit input for human-computer interaction.

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 sensing 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 in computing. I work alongside my amazing co-Editor-in-Chief Diane Golay. If you want to join our team, or if there's a story you'd like us to cover, email: xrds@acm.org!

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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.

RECENT + UPCOMING TRAVEL

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

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.

Several exciting projects are currently in the review cycle. Stay tuned for updates!

Ubicoustics

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

VibroSight

Long-Range Vibrometry for Smart Environment Sensing. Yang Zhang, Gierad Laput, 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.

Wheelchair Sensing

Exploring Data Tracking and Sharing Preferences of Wheelchair Athletes. Patrick Carrington, Gierad Laput, Jeffrey P. Bigham. ASSETS 2018.

Synthetic Sensors

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

Electrick

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

Thumprint

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.

SqueezaPulse

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

ViBand

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

Best Paper Award

AuraSense

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

SkinTrack

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

SweepSense

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.

Acoustruments

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

Best Paper Award

Zensors

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.

CommandSpace

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.

PixelTone

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.

TappCloud

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.