Michael L. Rivera

I work as a Computing Innovation Fellow and Post-Doctoral Researcher at the ATLAS Institute of the University of Colorado Boulder. I work under the mentorship of Laura Devendorf as part of the Unstable Design Lab. Starting January 2023, I will work as an Assistant Professor at the ATLAS Institute and Department of Computer Science of the University of Colorado Boulder.

My primary research interests are at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI) and digital fabrication. I develop hardware, software and material techniques that extend the capabilities of digital fabrication technology, and explore how they can be used for functional and creative purposes. My work has been recognized with a Google - CMD-IT Dissertation Fellowship, a Carnegie Mellon University Sansom Endowed Presidential Fellowship, an Adobe Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, and a Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship.

I completed my Ph.D. and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, where I was advised by Scott Hudson as part of the DevLab. During my Ph.D. program, I interned at HP Labs in the Immersive Experiences Lab. Before Carnegie Mellon, I completed a M.S.E in Computer Graphics and Game Technology and a B.S.E in Digital Media Design at the University of Pennsylvania. I was also previously software engineer at Facebook.

Check out my research projects to learn more about my work.


My published and award-winning work exploring novel digital fabrication techniques, sensing systems, and adaptive/assistive technologies.