Hello and welcome! I’m Tan Gemicioglu (pronounced Ton Geh-me-gee-oh-loo), currently a Master’s student in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. I’m a researcher in Georgia Tech’s Contextual Computing Group, advised by wearable computing pioneer Thad Starner.

I’m interested in developing symbiotic interfaces, devices that integrate with their users’ physiology while learning alongside them to augment their abilities. I study and design wearable technology using sensors and haptics for new interaction techniques and faster skill acquisition, broadly drawing from influences across human-computer interaction, machine learning and neuroscience. My research has been published in top human-computer interaction venues such as ACM CHI and UbiComp.

Currently, I am applying for PhD student positions and wrapping up my research projects at Georgia Tech. I also serve as a member of the Futuring SIGCHI Committee and the BCI Society’s Postdoc and Student Committee.

Previously, I worked with the Audio and Acoustics group at Microsoft Research, investigating brain-computer interfaces for VR and tongue-based interaction. I was also the Vice President of RoboJackets, Georgia Tech’s premier competitive robotics organization, where I directed the operations of 400 students in building, designing and programming robots for national and international competitions.

In my free time, I enjoy cooking Mediterranean-Asian fusion food and I’m an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy.


Dec 17, 2022

Graduated from my Bachelor’s in Computer Science with highest honors. Starting a Master’s degree as part of my BS/MS in January.

Oct 05, 2022

Excited to be a member of the newly-formed Futuring SIGCHI committee!

Sep 16, 2022

Our live demonstration of passive haptic learning earned the Best Demo Award at UbiComp 2022!

Aug 22, 2022

Finished my internship project on tongue gesture recognition and back to Georgia Tech. Look forward to sharing our findings at ISWC/UbiComp and beyond!

May 16, 2022

Started internship at Microsoft Research with the Audio and Acoustics group’s brain-computer interface team!

May 05, 2022

Attended CHI 2022 in New Orleans. Excellent discussions and really enjoyed meeting folks at my first in-person HCI conference!

Apr 13, 2022

Presented on Passive Haptic Rehearsal at Georgia Tech’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and earned the 2nd place Oral Presentation Award!

Mar 22, 2022

Earned the PURA Travel Award to support my travel to New Orleans for CHI 2022. Thank you UROP!

Mar 11, 2022

My position paper on Passive Haptic Rehearsal was accepted to the Intelligent Music Interfaces workshop at CHI 2022!

Jan 04, 2022

Our work on SilentSpeller was featured by BuzzFeed and other media outlets.