Glassman Lab @ Harvard SEAS
augmenting human intelligence with computation
Maxwell-Dworkin Rm 241 & 242
Computer Science Department
John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Vision & Values

What success looks like
A vibrant, supportive community of undergraduates, masters, and PhD students who are creating tools that augment human intelligence with computation.

How we’re getting there

  • Finding the quickest way(s), e.g., interviews, observations, surveys, paper prototypes, simulations, minimal deployments, ..., to get the data we need for the riskiest risks (largest uncertainties) in our project
  • Frequent feedback from each other
  • Working to create, publish, and publicize research we’re proud of
    • at top-tier HCI research conferences, i.e., CHI, UIST, IUI, and CSCW, and journals, i.e., TOCHI
    • Replanning rather than submitting unfinished, poorly thought-out, and/or hastily written work
  • Reflecting on our personal and community practices
  • Getting enough sleep so we can bring our best selves to our work

Selected Publications


  1. Proxy Tasks and Subjective Measures Can Be Misleading in Evaluating XAI Systems [Best Paper Award]
    Zana Bucinca*, Phoebe Lin*, Krzysztof Gajos, Elena Glassman. IUI 2020.
    *indicates equal contributions

HCI + Program Synthesis

  1. Interactive Program Synthesis by Augmented Examples
    Tianyi Zhang, London Lowmanstone, Xinyu Wang, Elena L. Glassman. UIST 2020.
  2. Characterizing Developer Use of Automatically Generated Patches
    José Pablo Cambronero, Jiasi Shen, Jürgen Cito, Elena Glassman, and Martin Rinard. VL/HCC 2019.
  3. Writing Reusable Code Feedback at Scale with Mixed-Initiative Program Synthesis
    Andrew Head*, Elena Glassman*, Gustavo Soares*, Ryo Suzuki, Lucas Figueredo, Loris D'Antoni and Björn Hartmann. Learning @ Scale 2017.
    *indicates equal contributions

HCI + Software Engineering

  1. Exempla Gratis (E.G.): Code Examples for Free
    Celeste Barnaby, Koushik Sen, Tianyi Zhang, Elena Glassman, and Satish Chandra. FSE Industry Track 2020.
  2. Enabling Data-Driven API Design with Community Usage Data: A Need-Finding Study
    Tianyi Zhang, Björn Hartmann, Miryung Kim, and Elena Glassman. CHI 2020.
  3. Visualizing API Usage Examples at Scale
    Elena Glassman*, Tianyi Zhang*, Björn Hartmann, and Miryung Kim. CHI 2018.
    *indicates equal contributions (supplemental info)
  4. Foobaz: Variable Name Feedback for Student Code at Scale
    Elena Glassman, Lyla J Fischer, Jeremy Scott, Robert C. Miller. UIST 2015.
  5. OverCode: Visualizing Variation in Student Solutions to Programming Problems at Scale
    Elena Glassman, Jeremy Scott, Rishabh Singh, Philip Guo, Robert C. Miller. TOCHI 2015.

HCI + Programming Languages

  1. Approaching polyglot programming: what can we learn from bilingualism studies?
    Rebecca Hao and Elena Glassman. PLATEAU Workshop 2019.

HCI + Document Corpora

  1. Triangulating the News: Visualizing Commonality and Variation Across Many News Stories on the Same Event
    Elena L. Glassman, Janet Sung, Katherine Qian, Yuri Vishnevsky, Amy Zhang. Computation + Journalism Symposium 2020.
Related Courses
CS 179: Design of Useful and Usable Interactive Systems
Lab Members
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, SEAS
Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute
specializing in human-computer interaction
Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA PhD in Software Engineering '19
PhD student, Computational Science
Tyler Holloway
PhD student, Computational Science
Litao Yan
Masters student, Computational Science & Engineering
Cole Bateman
Undergraduate researcher,
CS & Art, Film, and Visual Studies
Lab Alumni
Yuri Vishnevsky
Visualization consultant
Phoebe Lin
Masters student, Graduate School of Design
Just graduated!
Chenlu Wang
Masters student, Design Studies: Technology
Sam Oh
Undergraduate researcher, CS & Philosophy
Just graduated!
Jake Cui
Undergraduate researcher,
CS & Linguistics
Joining Uber
Rebecca Hao
Undergraduate researcher,
CS & Linguistics
Just graduated!
Kathy Qian
Undergraduate researcher, CS
Just graduated!
Janet Sung
Masters student, Masters of Design Engineering
Now at Twitter
Jamie Lee
Summer high school student researcher, South Korea
Applying to college!