Carnegie Mellon University

Cynthia Kuo

Cynthia Kuo

Associate Professor of the Practice, Information Networking Institute

Silicon Valley Campus


Cynthia Kuo is an Associate Professor of the Practice with Carnegie Mellon University's Information Networking Institute. Based out of CMU Silicon Valley, Cynthia brings industry experience as a startup founder, product lead and user experience researcher. She uses sensors to invent new, impactful technologies.  

Cynthia co-founded Vibrado to create truly smart apparel. Vibrado brought the best skill development coaches to athletes, with real-time motion capture and instant verbal feedback. During the 2015-2016 season, University of Maryland basketball players who practiced with Vibrado's smart sleeve saw a 12% average in-game increase in their free throws (vs. 4% without). Vibrado has been featured in media outlets such as CNN, CNET and CBS Sports.

Cynthia designed the first version of Google Safe Browsing, which officially launched in 2007 as the first major phishing (web forgery) warning. Today, Safe Browsing protects billions of devices each week as part of Chrome, Safari and Firefox.


Ph.D. Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
M.S. Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006
B.S. Symbolic Systems, Stanford University, 2000


Areas of Interest: sensors, usable security, product design, entrepreneurship, health tech