About Gierad

I'm a 3rd year Ph.D. Student at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, advised by Chris Harrison at the Future Interfaces Group.

My research program explores novel sensing technologies for mobile or wearable devices, smart environments, and the Internet of Things. I'm interested in sensing opportunities that don't require special-purpose hardware or invasive instrumentation. Most recently, I've started investigating unconventional uses of 3D printing.

My name is pronounced as "Girard" w/o the second "r," but "Girard" is also fine.

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Latest Peer-Reviewed Publications

Majority of my work has been published at top-tier venues in Human-Computer Interaction (e.g., CHI and UIST). Click on each project to browse supporting materials (e.g., video, images, datasets, source code).


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

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

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

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Skin Buttons

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

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

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Smart WatchFace

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

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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.

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

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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.

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