Assistant Professor

School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

I lead the Smash Lab (Smart Sensing for Humans Lab) at CMU. Our group focuses on designing, implementing, and testing new sensing systems for immediate, high-impact problems in various domains, including health sensing, technologies for developing world, activity recognition, and novel interactions. Many times solutions in these domains need to be used and evaluated by the end user in their daily lives. Therefore, we collaborate closely with medical professionals, bio-engineers, and designers to develop end-to-end solutions that can be immediately used and evaluated outside the lab environment. We often rely on adding new capabilities to existing sensors and devices. This approach allows us to add various functionalities to our daily-use devices without making any hardware modifications. This work requires expertise in mobile computing, sensing, signal processing, and machine learning. We actively publish in conference venues of three computer science disciplines:

  • HCI


  • UbiComp


  • ICTD

    Information and Communication Technology for Development

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Prospective Ph.D. Applicants

If you are interested in one of the Ph.D. programs in the School of Computer Science: applications are due in December. I actively look at the applicants in the Human-Computer Interaction and Societal Computing programs. If you and I have a good fit in terms of research experience and plans, I will ensure that your GRE scores have little bearing on your final admission decision.


University of Washington
Computer Science and Engineering

Shwetak Patel and Gaetano Borriello

Extending the capabilities of on-device mobile sensors for applications in health and interaction.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Computer Science

Gregory Abowd

Research Area
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

GGS Indraprastha University, India
Computer Science and Engineering

Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology

Research Area
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing