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I'm Lynn Kirabo.

2018 Grace Hopper Scholar Contextual Bias Crowd-Sourced Intelligence Computational Social Sciences

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My interest lies in understanding how to mitigate contextual biases that impact technological advancement in the developing world. Through my work on Tiramisu,a location aware research testbed, I am exploring concepts on location-aware social networks and crowd-sourced intelligence.

I am advised by Aaron Steinfeld, Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy.

I am also actively involved in encouraging and empowering young girls and women to harness the power of technology. Outside of the digital world, I have a very passionate & involved relationship with words (a.k.a I am a writer, my first published children's short stories are part of the Angaza project). I can also be found 'crocheting' berets, baby booties & circle scarfs.


  • Fullname: Lynn Kirabo
  • Job: HCI PhD Student
  • Advisor: Aaron Steinfeld
  • School: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Email: lynn[at]kirabo[dot]io


10 years of experience working in different fields, but mostly in the technology sector

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More of my credentials.

A timeline of some of the positions that I have held, academic research as well as education. A full description of each of the work positions as well as other positions can be found in my resume.


Doctoral Degree

Aug 2017 - to date

Carnegie Mellon University

PhD in Human Computer Interaction

Master Degree

July 2013 - May 2015

Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Science in Information Technology
(Class Valedictorian)

Bachelor Degree

Aug 2005 - May 2008

Makerere University

Bachelor of Information Technology
(1st Class Honors Degree)

Academic Research

Tiramisu Data Analysis


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Inferring origin, destination and determining user behavior using a location aware research testbed that logs user interaction to capture searched and favorited bus stops and routes

Assisting development of a research system that monitors eating moments

Fall 2017

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

EarBit is a wearable system that detects eating moments such as chewing, gulping, as well as other subtle behavior walking and talking

Work Experience

Graduate Student Researcher

Aug 2017 - to date

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Collaborate on and initiate research projects: currently working on exploring public transit in developing countries and data logs from a transit app deployed in the United States (Tiramisu)

Software Engineer, Junior Software Engineer

July 2015 - July 2017

Fenix International

Stack used: Python/Django.
Fenix is a venture-funded next-generation energy company that empowers her customers with life-changing energy technology and inclusive financial services.

Teaching Assistant

Jan 2015 - May 2015

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA

Course: Java For Smartphone Development
Stack used: Java/Apache/Android.
This course provides an intensive exploration of object-oriented programming using Java as well as Smartphone development on the Android platform.

Teaching Assistant

Aug 2014 - Dec 2014

Carnegie Mellon University, Kigali RW

Course: Strategic Use of Digital Information
Course discipline: Business
This course equips students with knowlegde of a new generation of technologies, that will inturn shape the next generation of businesses

Research Intern

May 2014 - Aug 2014

IBM Research Africa, Nairobi KE

IBM Research Africa is driving innovation by developing commercially-viable solutions to transform lives and spark new business opportunities in key areas such as water, agriculture, transportation, healthcare, financial inclusion, education, energy, security and e-government


Check Out Some of My Works.

A brief collection of some of my past academic work

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Awards Received


Crochet Projects


Crazy Ideas


Hot Chocolate


lines of code


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Where to find me

Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

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Skype: lkirabo