INIT Lab Members


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

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.