The Future Interfaces Group (FIG) is an interdisciplinary research lab within the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. We create new sensing and interface technologies that foster powerful and delightful interactions between humans and computers. These efforts often lie in emerging use modalities, such as wearable computing, touch interaction and gestural interfaces.



We’re always excited to work with new students, researchers and collaborators. For independent studies and undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Professor Harrison. The lab does not accept Masters and Ph.D. students directly – this process is handled by our parent department, the Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Application materials can be found here:


The FIGLAB is located on Craig Street, at the western edge of Carnegie Mellon’s campus. Our century-old, solar-powered and LEED certified building contains three studios for rapid ideation and prototyping, encompassing more than 1500 square feet of shop space. Two studios are geared towards physical fabrication, primarily wood and plastics, but also textiles and metalwork. A third lab is dedicated to electronics prototyping. Equipment includes a large CNC milling machine, laser cutter, 3D printers, vacuum former, saws, drills, grinders, sanders, and a full array of hand tools. A fully-stocked materials room provide ready access to supplies, large and small.


Many of the technologies we create are available for license from Carnegie Mellon University. If you are interested in a particular technology, please contact Professor Harrison. For general inquiries, please contact the Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC). There are also opportunities to sponsor research in the lab, which can include rights to resulting intellectual property.