Assistant Professor

School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University

My research focuses on designing, implementing, and testing new sensing systems using sensors and devices that are already present in the environment. This approach allows us to add various functionalities to our daily-use devices without making any hardware modifications. I use my expertise in mobile computing, sensing, signal processing, and machine learning to solve problems in various domains, including health sensing, technologies for global development, and novel interactions. Many times solutions in such domains need to be used and evaluated by the end user in their daily lives. Therefore, I collaborate closely with medical professionals, bio-engineers, and designers to develop end-to-end solutions that can be immediately used and evaluated outside the lab environment. I actively publish in conference venues of three computer science disciplines:

  • HCI

    Human Computer

  • UbiComp


  • ICTD

    Information and Communication Technology for Development

I am looking to work with great students. If you are a builder and like to tinker with things, and are already at CMU, send me an email at Otherwise if you are interested in our Ph.D. program: applications are due in December.


University of Washington
Computer Science and Engineering

Shwetak Patel and Gaetano Borriello

Extending the capabilities of on-device mobile sensors for applications in health and interaction.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Computer Science

Gregory Abowd

Research Area
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing

GGS Indraprastha University, India
Computer Science and Engineering

Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology

Research Area
Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing


June 2016 Joining SCS at CMU in Fall 2016 as Assistant Professor.
February 2016 SpiroCall wins Honorable Mention at CHI'16.
December 2015Touched by the student evaluation for the UbiComp class.
September 2015Great session at the Machine Learning for UbiComp tutorial.
Bigger responsibilities lie ahead.
September 2015Gave the HyperCam talk at UbiComp'15.
September 2015HyperCam wins the Best Paper Nominee Award at UbiComp'15.
August 2015Back to back talks at Girls Who Code. Best Audience ever.
June 2015Done with my first class as instructor. Very satisfying experience.
May 2015HyperCam and MagnifiSense accepted to UbiComp'15.
May 2015Great discussion at the TEDx talk.
April 2015Alex gives a great talk on SwitchBack at CHI'15.
April 2015Gave the Tongue-in-Cheek talk at CHI'15.