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).

Master Students

Nikita Soni (MS in Computer Science, 2016)

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.

Ayushi Jain (MS in Computer Science, 2017)

Ayushi Jain is a member of the INIT lab and is currently working on the MTAGIC project. Her interests include Human Computer Interaction and 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.

Amanda Morales (BS in Computer Science, 2017)

Amanda Morales 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 gesture interactions and patterns using interactive prototypes. Amanda is interested in mobile app development, web app development, and UX and UI Design.

Kristen Morga (BS in Sociology with an Anthropology minor, 2016)

Kristen Morga is a member of the INIT Lab and is currently working on the Apps for Kids survey project. The project focus is to find the difference in interface design patterns between applications that are designed specifically for kids and non-kids (general) applications. Kristen is working on qualitatively coding the applications and her interests are coding and data analysis.