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The big announcement: CMU HCII, Pittsburgh, grad school!

To complete the blog-reawakening, I promised to explain the big change coming up in my life: After 6 years as an individual contributor at a fine private-sector research lab, I've decided it's time to complete my ultimate plan, and go back to school for a PhD.

After much work, applications, exams, discussions and soul-searching, the final decision was to join the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. My plan is to pursue a PhD project which focuses around the issues of Usable Security, that is, building systems that are more secure than their alternatives, but also have a better user experience. See, for instance, PARC's Network-In-A-Box project for an idea of what I mean. CMU's HCI program appears to be ideal for this, with a world class HCI program, as well as ongoing research which targets the same field.

Pittsburgh will be an adjustment after 6 years living in Silicon Valley, but I'm definitely looking forward to the program.

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Congrats on returning to grad school- came across your blog from del.icio.us. I think you'll like Pittsburgh - it's a great town.

Thanks Costa! Perhaps we should touch base once I'm there.... probably won't be the focus of my research, but sustainability and environmentalism are side passions of mine. I'd love to learn more about your research!

By the way: where on del.icio.us did you find my blog? They make it very hard to search for anything but a specific link, and I'm not going to bookmark all of my blog posts just to figure out which ones people are bookmarking. :)

I wanted to see what other del.ico pages had bookmarked eiolca.net (developed here at CMU, btw...) and I think your del.ico page was one of them, and then I got your blog from there.

There are lots of sustainability resources/event here if you are interested. Buying a house in the burgh? google Allegheny County Assessment to get property info (what and when previous owners paid, taxes, etc.). Good luck!

(not sure if first post worked) - I wanted to see what other del.ico pages had bookmarked eiolca.net (developed here at CMU, btw...) and I think your del.ico page was one of them, and then I got your blog from there.

There are lots of sustainability resources/event here if you are interested. Buying a house in the burgh? google Allegheny County Assessment to get property info (what and when previous owners paid, taxes, etc.). Good luck!

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