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Leilah Lyons

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science


Leilah Lyons is an assistant professor of Learning Sciences and Computer Science. Her primary areas of interest are computer-based museum exhibit design, Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, complex systems simulations in education, participatory simulations, mobile technology, learning in informal environments, and computer support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics learning goals. Lyons also serves as the director of Digital Learning at the New York Hall of Science, a hands-on science museum in Queens, NY. She has been published in Museums & Social Issues and other journals.

Selected Publications

Cafaro, F., Panella, A., Lyons, L., Roberts, J., & Radinsky, J. (2013). I see you there!: developing identity-preserving embodied interaction for museum exhibits. In Proceedings of the 2013 ACM annual conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2013), (pp. 1911-1920). New York, NY: ACM Press

Lyons, L., Slattery, B., Jimenez Pazmino, P., Lopez Silva, B., & Moher, T. (2012). Don’t Forget about the Sweat: Effortful Embodied Interaction in Support of Learning. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction(TEI 2012), (pp. 77-84). New York, NY: ACM Press.

Jimenez Pazmino, P., & Lyons, L. (2011). An Exploratory Study of Input Modalities for Mobile Devices Used with Museum Exhibits. In Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011), (pp. 895-904). New York, NY: ACM Press.

Lyons, L. (2009). Designing Opportunistic User Interfaces to Support a Collaborative Museum Exhibit. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2009), (pp. 375-384). Rhodes, Greece: ISLS.


2008 - PhD, University of Michigan, Computer Science and Engineering
2008 - Certificate of Museum Studies, University of Michigan
2004 - MS, University of Michigan, Computer Science and Engineering
2000 - BS, University of Michigan, Computer Science and Engineering

Licensures and Certifications

  • 2013 UIC Graduate College Mentoring Award (4 per year, University-wide)
  • 2011 UIC College of Engineering Research Award

Professional Memberships


Selected Presentations

Integrating study of Natural Resources, Human Impact, and Environmental Policy: Making Complex Systems accessible for Secondary Learners; Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network;

Research Currently in Progress

  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) for Ubiquitous Computing
  • Complex Systems Simulations for Science Education and Urban Planning
  • Interactive Digital Museum Exhibit Design