Team

 
 

 

Nesra Yannier, Ph.D
Founder and CEO

Yannier received her PhD in Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.  She has been awarded Mister Rogers Scholarship (Emmy's College Television Awards in New Media for Children) to take her PhD project forward. She has also received the Innovation Fellowship from the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University to help commercialize her PhD research to benefit society. She has BS degrees in Physics and Computer Engineering, an MS in Computational Sciences and Engineering from Koc University, Istanbul and an MA in Learning, Design and Technology from Stanford University. She has experience working at Disney ResearchNASA Ames Research Center and start-up companies, designing and building new educational technologies to be used in real world settings. She has also started and led an organization at Koc University to coach children from underserved communities to participate in the FIRST Lego Robotics Competition. She is passionate about creating novel technologies to have a positive impact on children's lives.

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Kenneth R. Koedinger, ph.D.
COFounder

Koedinger is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He investigates how people learn and uses scientific insights to invent educational technologies that dramatically enhance learning. You can read about his work in the many articles he has published.  Koedinger leads LearnLab, a R&D center that uses educational technologies to understand and improve student learning.  He was a founder of Carnegie Learning. Prior to and through early formation he helped achieve a yearly doubling of the schools using the AI-based learning technologies he developed. He was on the board of directors from 1998 until the successful company sale in 2011.

 

 

Scott Hudson, Ph.D.
COFounder

Hudson is a Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute within the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University where he serves as the founding director of the HCII PhD program. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Colorado in 1986. Elected to the CHI Academy in 2006, he has published over 170 technical papers. He has regularly served on program committees for the SIGCHI and UIST conferences, served as papers co-chair for CHI '09, and again for CHI '10. He has previously served as Program Chair for UIST '90 and UIST '00, as well as Symposium Chair for UIST '93 and the founding UIST Doctoral Symposium chair from 2003 to 2005. His recent research funding has been from the National Science FoundationMicrosoft, and Disney Research.

 

Youngwook DO

Software and Electrical Engineer
Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS
Carnegie Mellon University

Kai-chi Hu

Designer
Entertainment Technology Center, MA
Carnegie Mellon University

Arianna Gutierrez

Business & Operations
Business Administration, MBA
Carnegie Mellon University