INIT Lab Members

Faculty

Dr. Lisa Anthony (INIT Lab Director)

Lisa is an Assistant Professor in the CISE Department at UF. Over the last decade, she has worked on multimodal and advanced interaction technologies, such as speech, touch, and gesture, especially for children in the context of educational interfaces. Lisa earned her PhD in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, and spent two years at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories and two years at UMBC prior to joining UF in August 2013.

PhD Students

Alex Shaw (PhD in Computer Engineering, TBD)

Alex Shaw is a member of the INIT Lab and is currently working on the $-Family of Gesture Recognizers project. These are designed to be lightweight, easy to implement recognizers for UI prototypes on touch screens. His work focuses on improving these recognition algorithms to have higher accuracy with gestures provided by children. Alex's research interests include computer science education, artificial intelligence, intelligent systems, and human-computer interaction.

Aishat Aloba (PhD in Computer Science, TBD)

Aishat Aloba is a member of the INIT Lab and is currently working on the Wacom project and the Kids Pose project. Her interests include human computer interaction, machine learning, technologies for children, and app development.

Jeremiah Blanchard (PhD in Computer Engineering, TBD)

Jeremiah Blanchard is a member of the INIT Lab and is working on a bridge between educational and production programming languages. He has a passion for the education and computer science fields and is particularly interested in the nexus of these important topics (and game development as it relates to these topics).

Nikita Soni (PhD in Computer Science, TBD)

Nikita Soni is a member of the INIT Lab and is currently working on the Apps for Kids survey project where she is analyzing interfaces of apps designed for kids and adults and coding the analyzed patterns. Her interests are Human-computer Interaction, software development and user interface designing, and she has experience in web development.

Shaghayegh Esmaeili (PhD in Computer Science, TBD)

Shaghayegh Esmaeili is a member of the INIT lab and is currently working with children's interaction with voice interfaces and speech recognition which helps improve their experience when working with different voice technologies. Her research interests include human-computer interaction, child-computer interaction and UI/UX design.

Undergraduate Students

Julia Woodward (BS in Digital Arts and Science, 2017)

Julia Woodward is the Lab Manager and an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the INIT Lab. She is responsible for creating and maintaining the INIT Lab website, and is also working on the MTAGIC Project user studies. Julia also created the lab logos and is mainly interested in Human-Computer interaction and UX research.

Annie Luc (BS in Computer Science, 2018)

Annie Luc is a member of the INIT Lab and is working on the TIDESS project. The project is jointly conducted by Dr. Anthony and Dr. Stofer from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UF. She is analyzing patterns between visitor interactions with different interactive platforms. Annie is interested in Human-Computer Interaction and data analysis.

Alice Darrow (BS in Computer Science, 2019)

Alice Darrow is a member of the INIT Lab and is currently working on the TIDESS project. The project is jointly conducted by Dr. Anthony and Dr. Stofer from the college of Agricultural and Life Sciences. She is interested in Human-Computer Interaction and how interaction can enhance education.

Shaila Patel (BS in Computer Science, 2020)

Shaila Patel is an Undergraduate Research Assistant of the INIT Lab and is working on the the Tabletop Collaboration Paper. She is also responsible for creating and maintaining the lab website.

Gianne Flores (BS in Computer Science, 2019)

Gianne Flores is an Undergraduate Research Assistant. She is working on the Fun Fit Tech Project. The project is about researching how to incorporate physical fitness within video games to keep kids active while having fun. Her passions include human-interaction and the incorporation of fitness with technology.

REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Students

Jaida Langham (BS in Computer Science, 2020)

Jaida Langham is a sophomore Computer Science and Industrial Engineering major at Spelman College. This summer, she has worked on the FunFitTech project and the Speech project. Her interests include interdisciplinary studies of social and cultural intersections and connections relevant to computing and research within Human Computer Interaction.

Zari McFadden (BS in Computer Science, 2020)

Zari McFadden is a sophomore Computer Science major at Spelman College. Over this past summer she has been working on the Funfit Tech project, the Codesign project, and the CMU collaboration project. Her interests include culturally relevant computing within the overarching umbrella of human computer interaction.

Jeremy Alexandre (BS in Computer Science, 2020)

Jeremy Alexandre is a visiting REU student. He is working on the TIDESS project and is here for the summer of 2017.