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Human Computer Interaction

We invent and study technologies that enable people to connect and collaborate in new ways. We do this by building prototypes, launching experimental products, and studying how people use them to guide future technology investments. We publish and share our insights with the broader research community in venues like CHI, CSCW, UbiComp, and UIST. 

We currently focus on developing technologies that support social presence, both in-person and remote, through the following three research initiatives:

1. AR Communication. How can communication be experienced more deeply using smart glasses and AR? 

2.  Authentic connections. How can authentic and emotional interactions between people, leveraging sensed data? 

3. Co-located AR. How can we design playful technologies that foster in-person interactions rather than distract us away from the people around us? 

 We take interns year-round, but most of them join in the summer. Internships typically last three months. We tend to hire PhDs students with a strong track record of publications in HCI venues. Applications usually include a research statement that articulates how the applicant's prior work and skills align with our research initiatives and the internship's ideal outcome.

Keywords: social computing, ubiquitous computing, augmented reality, wearables