Swamy Ananthanarayan


I am a human-computer interaction (HCI) postdoctoral researcher at the Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems group at the University of Oldenburg / OFFIS (Germany). I received my PhD in computer science from University of Colorado Boulder, while working at the Craft Technology Lab with Mike Eisenberg and Katie Siek.

My research focuses on extending the landscape of children's activities through interactive technologies. This often involves the integration of specialized hardware, software, and craft materials to create systems that are practical and novel. I am particularly interested in how these technologies align with children's practices to provide nurturing and empowering experiences. My work includes electronic toolkits for supporting healthy behaviors, tangible programming environments for facilitating computational thinking, storytelling platforms for sharing emotions, and multimodal interfaces for bicycle safety.