Cx Lab News

Lab Space in the newly-named Tata Innovation Center

The Tata Innovation Center, formerly known as The Bridge, will be the home of the Connected Experiences Lab’s physical lab space. The center brings academia and industry together under one roof to share ideas and research on next-generation digital technologies and how to commercialize new areas of collaboration.  We are thrilled to locate our investigations within this environment. To learn more about the Tata Innovation Center click here.  


Cx Lab Adds a Senior Developer

Doron Tal joins the lab as a Senior Developer in Residence.  Doron is focused on technologies that help humans connect with each other and also on potential applications of mixed reality systems. Doron is also a member of the Cornell Tech Foundry, which engages with the Cornell Tech community to help them have a greater impact on academia and society at large. Before he joined the lab, he worked in academia (UC Berkeley), government (NASA Ames Research Center), and industry (Xerox Research, Visionics, Videosurf) on a variety of topics in computer vision and robotics.  He received his B.A. in Computer…


Immersive Recommendation Workshop on Roosevelt Island

The rapid evolution of deep learning technologies and the explosion of diverse user interaction traces have brought significant challenges and opportunities to recommendation and personalized systems.  The Connected Experiences Lab hosted an Immersive Recommendation Workshop: Deep User and Content Modeling for Personalization. CX Lab PhD Fellow, Longqi Yang discussed recent trends and techniques in user modeling and presented the lab’s work on immersive recommendation systems. These systems learn users’ preferences from diverse digital trace modalities (text, image and unstructured data streams) in a wide range of recommendation domains (creative art, food, news, and events). The workshop also included a light…


Technologist in Residence Joins the Team

This fall, we are excited to welcome Benedetta Piantella as a Technologist in Residence. Focused on researching how visual awareness can be used to foster connectedness, a sense of belonging and further collaboration among people, Benedetta will be running a series of  investigations within the lab, Cornell-Tech Campus, and the NYC/Ithaca community. Before she joined the lab, she worked on a variety of projects at the intersection of art, design, technology and social innovation. She is a graduate of  the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where she was a faculty member teaching Physical Computing and Technology for Development courses. She…


New HoloLens Demo installed in Aol’s Area 51

May 2017 After the Spring semester wound down at the Cornell Tech, the CX Lab trekked over to Aol’s NYC headquarters to present ArLane. Since January, the Lab has been collaborating with the Foundry@Cornell Tech to create a proof-of-concept demo built using Microsoft HoloLens technology that will permanently be housed at Aol’s Area 51. This setting simulates a brick and mortar store, with physical products on shelves. Shoppers will use ArLane to enrich their in-store experience: as they gaze at an item, ArLane provides extra information about the item in the form of a virtual info card. The info card appears…


First Year Cx Lab PhD Fellow Represents at CHI

May 2017 Aol fellow and first year PhD, Max Grusky, presented his recent paper at the Computer Human Interaction conference in Denver. His paper, Modeling Sub-Document Attention Using Viewport Time, (Max Grusky, Jeiran Jahani, Josh Schwartz, Dan Valente, Yoav Artzi, and Mor Naaman) explains a new approach to measuring fine-grained attention to individual components of Web pages.


From Chelsea to Perth: Immersive Recommendation goes to Australia

April 2017 Longqi Yang, an Aol PhD Fellow, presented a paper entitled, Collaborative Metric Learning. In it, he presented a new recommendation technique that can significantly improve the recommendation accuracy in many domains.


Aol PhD Fellows Present at NIPS 2016 in Barcelona

December, 2016   Aol PhD Fellows, Andreas Veit and Michael Wilber, traveled to Barcelona, Spain to present their paper at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS 2016). Their paper, “Residual Networks Behave Like Ensembles of Relatively Shallow Networks,” investigates residual networks, state-of-the-art models used for computer vision and machine learning. They discover that residual networks are easy to train because they can be expressed as a collection of many short paths. Residual networks avoid the vanishing gradient problem by introducing short paths which can carry gradient throughout the extent of very deep networks.


Attention and Engagement Idea Exchange

November, 2016   One important thread of the Cx Lab’s objective centers around measuring and modeling online user engagement and attention levels in novel ways.  Aol Team Members from New York and Boston met with members of the Connected eXperiences Lab:  Mor Naaman (Cx Faculty) , Yoav Artzi (Cornell Tech Faculty), and Max Grusky (Aol PhD Fellow) for an exploratory conversation on this topic hosted at AOL NY. The agenda included a current presentation on attention and user modeling, discussion of implications for AOL, and investigating new opportunities to work together, define new data collection and understand how to test effectiveness of…


Second Annual Cx Fall Workshop 

September, 2016   The Connected eXperiences Lab hosted the Second Annual Fall Workshop. Participants from AOL, Cornell Tech, the Technion Institute of Technology, and Cornell University came together to engage in cross-platform thinking. The workshop opened with presentations on the lab’s current investigations, then went into breakout sessions and lightening research presentations and an interactive poster-session, as well as a keynote by Cornell Tech faculty, Ari Juels.



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