Lisa Anthony, Ph.D.

Lisa Anthony, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Intelligent Natural Interaction Technology (INIT) Laboratory


Lisa Anthony, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) in Gainesville, FL. She holds a BS and MS in Computer Science (Drexel University, 2002), and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (Carnegie Mellon University, 2008). After her Ph.D., Lisa spent two years in a research and development laboratory working on DARPA- and ONR-funded user-centered interface projects at an industry research lab, followed by two years working on multimodal interaction at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Her current research interests include understanding how children can make use of advanced interaction techniques and how to develop technology to support them in a variety of contexts, including education, health care and serious games. She has received funding from industry and government sources, including the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award. Her Ph.D. dissertation investigated the use of handwriting input for middle school math tutoring software, and her simple and accurate multistroke gesture recognizers called $N and $P are well-known in the field of interactive surface gesture recognition. Her work has been recognized by the research community with three best paper awards, including one in 2013 at the top HCI conference, the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

Primary Research Area

Human-Centered Computing

Research Areas

Human-Centered Computing, Machine Learning

Current Courses

CEN 4722 / CEN 5728 User Experience Design
CIS 4930 / CIS 6930 Human-Centered Algorithms for Input Recognition
CAP 4053 Artificial Intelligence in Computer Games
CEN 4725 / CEN 5726 Natural User Interaction


Ph.D., Human-Computer Interaction, Carnegie Mellon University
MS, Computer Science, Drexel University
BS, Computer Science, Drexel University

Research Interests

Natural User Interfaces, Child-Computer Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction, Gesture Recognition, Speech Recognition, Whole-Body Interaction, Pattern Recognition.


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Awards & Distinctions

  • UF Term Professorship, 2019
  • ACM Senior Member, 2019
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016-2020
  • HWCOE Undergraduate Faculty Adviser/Mentor of the Year, 2017-2018


Contact Information

Fax: 352-392-1220



Office: E542 CSE

Lab Room: E447 CSE

Mailing Address:

Lisa Anthony
c/o University of Florida
P.O. Box 116120
CSE Building, room 301
Gainesville, FL 32611