As it turns out, the art of glass blowing and computer science have a lot in common. At least, to Chris Harrison, Ph.D., 31, an assistant professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the highly lauded Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science.
"I always thought computer science was a boring, sit-in-a-cubicle kind of job," Harrison said. Despite his worries, his love of science and technology resulted in him choosing computer science as his major for both his bachelor's and master's degrees at New York University. He said he'd go to computer science classes, and then glass blowing classes and then head over to classes on algorithms.
"I had a strong interest in design and the arts. I got to fuse my interest in design and art and computers into this field of computer interaction," he said.
Harrison has been working at CMU for two years, where he received his Ph.D. in human computer interaction and where he directs the Future Interfaces Group. His lab creates innovative sensing and interface technologies that foster powerful and natural interactions between humans and computers. As computers grow smaller and more powerful, so do the screens on which a person can interact with the device.
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