Dr. Marcu is the energetic director of the Empathic Research Group. She is an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics and a Research Fellow with the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. She holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Informatics from UC Irvine. In addition, she has trained extensively in improvised comedy at Philly Improv Theater and is known to use improv concepts in her teaching and mentoring. Gabi is also a lifelong dancer and an enthusiastic partaker of karaoke, within the local Philadelphia community and internationally wherever karaoke takes place at conference receptions. More...
Dr. Caro is a postdoctoral fellow who holds a joint position with our group and Dr. Jichen Zhu's Procedural eXpression Lab (PXL) in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Caro received her Ph.D. in computer science from the Center of Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada, Mexico (CICESE Research Center). Her research interests are in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, accessibility, child-computer interaction, and games for health. Her overall goal is creating technology to assist individuals with special needs, with an emphasis on children. Karina loves dogs and desserts, it is difficult for her to decide what is her favorite breed of dog and her favorite dessert, she loves all of them. More...
Kenneth is a doctoral student with research interests in human-computer interaction, software engineering, and supporting the socio-emotional needs of youth in urban settings. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Rhode Island College and a MS in Computer Science from Boston University. Outside of research and his studies he enjoys salsa dancing, traveling, reading and exploring the city of Philadelphia.
A Drexel alumna with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, Anjali's research interests lie in exploring how assistive technologies can support and improve human behavior. She also enjoys playing Tennis, exploring new restaurants, and reading books that question life as we know it.
A Graphic Design major with Art History and Fine Arts minors, Becca loves branding and learning new aspects of user-interface design. When she is not working, she loves to draw and she also enjoys tap dancing.
Tim is a co-op intern visiting from Osnabrück, Germany, where he is majoring in Interaction Design. His work focuses on human-centered design, because he likes the ability to create intuitive products, services or systems for people, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional. Aside from work, he loves traveling and participating in improv.
Josh is a Computer Science major. He spends his spare time developing his own web applications, and enjoys learning about new methods and environments as he works. He has recently been focusing his efforts on web design, both backend and frontend. He loves singing in choir. He also enjoys gaming, binging tv shows, and solving brain puzzles.
Aidan is pursuing a custom-designed major with Pennoni Honors College, focused on interaction design and human-computer interaction. He is interested in designing web and mobile user interfaces, and strives to identify and solve design-based obstacles. Aside from work, he enjoys ironically watching bad movies and reading graphic novels.
Merlin is a Computer Science major interested in mobile computing and artificial intelligence. In her free time she enjoys playing piano and guitar. Merlin is also part of the Drexel badminton team.
Nishtha is majoring in Information Systems major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She enjoys designing and developing beautiful interfaces. In her free time, she likes to practice typography, and explore small cities.
Hannah is a co-op intern visiting from Gothenburg, Sweden, where she is majoring in Informatics with a focus on system development, IT and society. She likes analyzing and understanding the technologies we use every day. She loves dogs and cupcakes.
Jonathan is a programmer specializing in mobile and web development. He recently received his B.S. in Informatics from University West in Gothenburg, Sweden. He likes to explore new foods, places, and cultures.
Amy is one of Drexel's first Data Science majors. She is interested in applications of computing in socially beneficial capacities, specifically economic, environmental, and societal sustainability. Outside of research, you can find her searching for new music and good coffee.
Meghan is a Psychology major and Entrepreneurship major. She is interested in human-computer interaction (HCI) and assistive technology. She loves to think deeply about human behavior, analyze qualitative data, and collaborate with UX/UI designers to create human-centered design strategies. Outside of HCI research, Meghan enjoys playing field hockey and coaching for Drexel’s Division I team.
Ressa is a Computer Engineering major at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, visiting our research group through the CRA-W's Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates. She is Cisco CompTIA A+ certified and is interested in research in human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence and robotics. Her other interests include tennis and PC gaming.
Tushar is a Computer Science major with a minor in Entrepreneurship. He enjoys working on personal projects making mobile and web apps. He also likes to play table-tennis and chess in his free time.
Anna is an Informatics student from Sweden who is visiting on an international co-op program. Her favorite aspect of studying technology is its broad applicability and the impact it has on the world. She enjoys backpacking and traveling. Her favorite cities are Barcelona, Sydney, and London. She dislikes writing bios.
Our HCII Past
Our enduring thanks to the following students and collaborators, who contributed to our projects in the previous incarnation of this research group at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute.
- Andy Chan
- Angela McCarthy
- Anu Jayasinghe
- Arthur Hong
- Chanamon Ratanalert
- Cristina Shin
- Debra Gladwin
- Erick Custodio
- Gabrielle Rivkin
- Greg Nicholas
- Hayden Demerson
- Jillian Goodwyn
- Julia Teitelbaum
- Justin Greet
- Kevin Shaefer
- Quintin Carlson
- Rebecca Chen
- Ryhan Hassan
- Shilpa Balaji
- Westin Lohne