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3rd User Experience Design Talk with Gierad Laput: “Context-Driven Implicit Interactions”

Gierad Laput, Research and Engineering Manager at Apple hosted on June 1st the third and last Webinar of the series “User Experience Design Talks @CMU Portugal” organized in the framework of the Advanced Training Programs in User Experience Design of the CMU Portugal Program, planned to start in 2021.

The session was presented by CMU Portugal Education officer João Fumega and Teresa Romão (NOVA School of Science and Technology) who welcomed the participants and introduced Gierad Laput, the speaker of the CMU Portugal initiative’s closing session “Context-Driven Implicit Interactions” .

Dr. Gierad Laput is a Research and Engineering Manager at Apple, where he leads the Sensing Technologies Group under Machine Learning and AI. The group mission is to explore and build technologies that profoundly impact millions of people through research and development in sensing and AI. Applications of the group’s work include health technologies, context-driven systems, and natural + assistive interactions. Gierad completed his Ph.D. and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is also an Affiliate Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science.

During this session, he spoke about the importance of having systems that understand and take into account people’s context of use, regardless of whether the platform is a mobile device, a wearable, or embedded in the environment. Context offers an implicit dimension that will become highly important to power more human-centric experiences.  He focused on constructing and evaluating of sensing technologies that can be practically deployed and enhance contextual awareness, primarily drawing upon machine learning to unlock a wide range of applications and by introducing examples developed by his team’s recent work at Apple.

Between April and June the CMU Portugal Program organized three talks to offer a look into the new Advanced Training Programs in User Experience Design that is planned to start in 2021.


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