Alex Mariakakis


Hi, my name is Alex! I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Washington's School of Computer Science and Engineering and Sage Bionetworks, but I will be joining the University of Toronto's Department of Computer Science in Fall 2020.

My goal in life is to be a global expert in mobile health. My dissertation research focused on the creation of mobile apps that make subjective health measures more objective through the use of smartphone sensors. I am now interested in making such apps useful for ordinary people. This includes adding real-time guidance to testing procedures, leveraging passive sensing to improve the test results, and helping developers ensure their tests will be well-received. Outside of my research in mobile health, I work in other areas of ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction like mobile interaction and novel sensing.

I am currently advised by Anind Dey and Larsson Omberg. During my PhD career, I was advised by Shwetak Patel and Jacob O. Wobbrock. I completed my undergraduate studies at Duke University with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. During that time, I conducted research under Romit Roy Choudhury.