Computational technologies and ideas are increasingly pervasive in human life. For many of the world’s people, 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) group at Cornell Tech studies 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 research group is 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, broadly-defined, and deep engagement with community and industry partners.

The HCI group at Cornell Tech collaborates closely with the large group of HCI faculty on our Ithaca campus.

Human-Computer Interaction Faculty



Shiri Azenkot

Shiri is an assistant professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. 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.


Nicola Dell

Nicki is an assistant professor at Cornell Tech and part of the  Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. 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.


Mor Namaan

Mor is an associate professor at Cornell Tech where he is the founder of the Connective Media hub and leads the Social Technologies research group and the Connected Experiences lab. Previously, Mor was an assistant professor at Rutgers SC&I, led a research team at Yahoo! Research Berkeley, and got a PhD from Stanford. Oh, and he also played professional basketball. Mor’s research lab designs, builds, and studies systems that support social interactions in online and physical spaces. The lab’s sponsors include AOL, Google, Facebook and the National Science Foundation.


Tapan Parikh

Tapan is an associate professor at Cornell Tech. His research includes HCI and the design and evaluation of information technologies for education, governance and international development. Tapan’s students have started several tech companies based on his research and teaching. He holds a Sc.B. degree in Molecular Modeling with Honors from Brown University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Washington, where his dissertation won the William Chan Memorial award. Tapan has received the NSF CAREER award, a Sloan Fellowship and was named TR35 Humanitarian of the Year.