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Computational technologies and ideas are increasingly pervasive in human life. For millions of people around the globe, computers and mobile phones have become the de facto communication medium. At the same time, access to and proficiency in computing technologies is rapidly becoming a major equity issue worldwide.

The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Social Computing faculty at Cornell Tech study the design, implementation, impact and broader implications of computing technologies in everyday human activities. Particular areas of research interest include accessibility, educational technology, Computer Science education, Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD), Computer-supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and social computing.

Our faculty are committed to working both locally, in New York City, as well as globally, using the city as a base to connect to international networks in business, governance and civil society. We are also committed to practical impact through entrepreneurship and deep engagement with community and industry partners.


Shiri Azenkot

Shiri Azenkot is an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, and a field member in the Information Science Department at Cornell University. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in accessibility and interaction on new platforms. She conducts this research with a fantastic group of students who are part of the Enhancing Ability Lab, which she directs. Before arriving at Cornell Tech, Shiri was a PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington.


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Nicola Dell

Nicola Dell is an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and a member of Cornell's Information Science Department. Her research interests are in information and communication technologies for development (ICTD), human-computer interaction (HCI) and mobile computing. Nicki’s main focus is on designing, building and evaluating systems that improve the lives of under-served populations in low income regions. To do this, she partners with NGOs and government ministries to create and deploy systems that have a positive impact in the world. Nicki completed her PhD in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.


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Deborah Estrin

Deborah Estrin is Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and a Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. Professor Estrin’s Small Data Lab focuses on mobile health and small data systems, leveraging the pervasiveness of mobile devices, Internet of Things, and digital interactions for health and life management. The lab develops digital biomarkers to manage chronic diseases, behavioral biomarkers for use in behavior change applications, and immersive recommendation techniques to create a more user-centric form of personalization. A significant focus is on approaches that support varied and dynamic preferences for data sharing. The lab contributes to open source projects including Open mHealth, ResearchKit™ and ResearchStack. 


Wendy Ju

Dr. Wendy Ju is an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in the Information Science program. Dr. Ju comes to Cornell Tech from the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, where she was Executive Director of Interaction Design Research, and from the California College of the Arts, where she was an Associate Professor of Interaction Design in the Design MFA program. Her work in the areas of human-robot interaction and automated vehicle interfaces highlights the ways that interactive devices can communicate and engage people without interrupting or intruding. Dr. Ju has innovated numerous methods for early-stage prototyping of automated systems to understand how people will respond to systems before the systems are built. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and a Master’s in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Her monograph on The Design of Implicit Interactions was published in 2015. 

Mor Naaman

Mor Naaman is an associate professor of Information Science at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, where he is the founder of the Connective Media hub, and leads a research group focused on social technologies. Professor Naaman’s  Social Technologies Lab has been looking at technologies to support the peer economy by increasing awareness, coordination and trust. Communities in urban environments — and underserved communities in particular — could benefit from the positive economic and social outcomes offered via collaborative consumption services. For example, one project examines how trustworthiness is established in services like Airbnb, and another project uses location data traces to reinvent how people socially interact with their local communities.


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Tapan Parikh

Tapan Parikh is an associate professor in the department of Information Science at Cornell Tech. His research group's goal is to support young people in developing a critical literacy about the computational infrastructures that surround them, and to empower them to become active creators and decision makers within this ecosystem. Current projects include 1) an online mapping tool that support young people in understanding and advocating for their communities, 2) a collaborative web development environment that allows them to make authentic websites using professional software engineering practices, 3) a web literacy curriculum that helps them understand the implementation and economics of web search, and 4) a digital making tool that helps young people envision and implement 3d mockups of low-cost housing structures.