Sarah Morrison-Smith, Ph.D.

Alumni Ph.D. Student

Before joining UF, I graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Montana State University in 2013, followed by an M.S. in Computer Science at Colorado State University in 2015. My current research interests include harnessing technology to support e-Science research with the CSU Microbial Ecology Group and exploring gestural interaction as an input modality for mobile devices and wearables.

Sarah defended her thesis and graduated with her PhD in Spring 2019

MMGatorAuth: A Novel Multimodal Dataset for Authentication Interactions in Gesture and Voice

Sarah Morrison-Smith, Aishat Aloba, Hangwei Lu, Brett Benda, Shaghayegh Esmaeili, Gianne Flores, Jesse Smith, Nikita Soni, Isaac Wang, Rejin Joy, Damon L. Woodard, Jaime Ruiz, and Lisa Anthony. 2020. In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 370–377. DOI:

Staying Alive with Virtual Humans

Sarah Morrison-Smith, Heng Yao, Isaac Wang, Benjamin Lok, and Jaime Ruiz. 2018. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Paper LBW038, 1–6.

Exploring Non-touchscreen Gestures for Smartwatches

Shaikh Shawon Arefin Shimon, Courtney Lutton, Zichun Xu, Sarah Morrison-Smith, Christina Boucher, and Jaime Ruiz. 2016. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3822-3833. DOI:

Exploring User-Defined Back-Of-Device Gestures for Mobile Devices

Shaikh Shawon Arefin Shimon, Sarah Morrison-Smith, Noah John, Ghazal Fahimi, and Jaime Ruiz. 2015. In Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI ’15). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 227-232. DOI: