Dr. Lisa Anthony, INIT Lab Director

Lisa is an Associate Professor in the CISE Department at UF. Over the last fifteen years, 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

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).



Alex Shaw, PhD in Computer Engineering

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.



Nikita Soni, PhD in Computer Science, TBD

Nikita Soni is the Website Manager and a Graduate Research Assistant for the INIT Lab. She is responsible for maintaining the INIT Lab website, and is also working on the TIDESS Project. Her work focuses on understanding how children and adults engage with and learn from large interactive touchscreen interfaces such as tabletops and spherical displays. Nikita’s research interests include human-computer interaction and UX research.



Undergraduate Students

Ziyang Chen, BS in Computer Science, TBD

Ziyang Chen is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and is a member of the INIT Lab. His interest includes Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, as well as User Experience Design. He is currently working on the $-Family of Gesture Recognizers project.


Aaliyah Richlen, BS in Computer Engineering,TBD

Aaliyah Richlen is an undergraduate research assistant working in the INIT Lab. Her major is Computer Engineering and her interests include investigating children interactions with technology. Aaliyah currently works on the Biometrics project and primarily handles data analysis.


Kimberly Suarez, BS in Psychology, TBD

Kimberly Suarez is an undergraduate student on the pre-med track majoring in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is a member of the INIT lab and is currently working on the biometrics project. She has a passion for psychology and is specifically interested in human computer interaction and cognitive neuroscience.




Former Students