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 to join my research group. I enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds, so I encourage anyone who is interested in working with me to fill out this form. In the interest of time, I will look at submissions during recruitment periods (e.g., beginning of semester, before grad school applications) and only respond to cases that I find particularly exceptional. Please fill out the appropriate form below:

  • Pursuing MSc or PhD: Closed
  • Current undergraduates at University of Toronto: link

Graduate Career

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 eating, drinking, doing puzzles (like sudoku and puzzle hunts), and playing 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).