Gabriela Marcu
Assistant Professor
College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University

Rush Building, Room 414
30 N. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

gmarcu -at-

I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics and a Research Fellow with the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University. I hold a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine. 

I direct the Empathic Design and Technology Research Group. My research seeks to improve coordination and decision-making in health and social services through technology. I am particularly interested in the contexts of behavioral intervention, mental health, and special education. I design and evaluate new technologies by working closely with community partners. I use primarily qualitative methods to study and shape the role of technology in social interactions and organizational workflow. 

I am also passionate about diversifying participation in computing and changing the culture of our field. Read about my outreach efforts here.

My research interests include: human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, computer-supported cooperative work, health informatics, health equity, organizational information systems, ethnography, action research, and community-based participatory research.

Current Activities

I am serving on the following program committees:


Aug 12 | Co-organized Robot Springboard tech camp for middle school girls. [photo][media coverage]

Jun 25 | Selected for a Drexel Ventures Innovation Fund Award for our project "Lilypad: A ubiquitous real-time decision support system for behavioral health providers".

Mar 11 | Congratulations to Meghan Plank and Nishtha Dalal, two undergraduate research assistants working on the Bounce project, who won 1st place in the ACM Student Research Competition at CHI 2016 with their amazing work "Bounce: A Mobile Behavioral Intervention Technology for Breast Cancer Survivors". [paper][poster][photo][media release]

Mar 1 | Our submission "TreatYoSelf: Empathy-driven behavioral intervention for marginalized youth living with HIV" has been accepted to PervasiveHealth 2016 [paper].

Oct 24 | Invited panelist at Carnegie Mellon's OurCS workshop for undergraduate research, where two of my undergraduate research assistants, Amy Gottsegen and Ressa Reneth Sarreal, also presented posters.

Oct 21 | Drexel article on how my research group, together with collaborators at the A.J. Autism Institute, is empowering special educators through the Lilypad project.


Feb 27-Mar 2 | CSCW in San Francisco

May 7-12 | CHI in San Jose

May 16-19 | PervasiveHealth in Cancun


Fall | INFO 110: Human-Computer Interaction

Winter | INFO 110: Human-Computer Interaction

Spring | INFO 215: Social Aspects of Information Systems