Alex Mariakakis


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. My main research focus is on mobile health, but I also work in other areas of ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction like mobile interaction and novel sensing. I am actively looking for motivated people (PhD, Master's, postdoc) to join my research group. If you are interested in working with me, please fill out this form so I can keep track of your information. I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds, so I encourage anyone who is interested in working with me to fill out this form. I will not be able to reply to everyone who completes this form, but I will do my best to respond to cases that I find particularly interesting or exceptional.

About me

Before joining the University of Toronto, I completed a joint-postdoctoral role under Larsson Omberg and Anind Dey, where I split my time between the Sage Bionetworks and the School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I completed my PhD at the University of Washington under the advising of Shwetak Patel and Jacob O. Wobbrock. I completed my undergraduate studies at Duke University with a double major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. During that time, I conducted research under Romit Roy Choudhury.

I was born and raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Despite my hometown, I am a diehard fan of Duke Men's Basketball. I love to eat and drink, do puzzles (like sudoku and puzzle hunts), and play video games (like League of Legends and FIFA). My girlfriend Bichlien Nguyen is a talented researcher at Microsoft Research, and we have a samoyed named Tchai (short for Tchaikovsky).