PhD student at Northwestern in Technology and Social Behavior.
Bio. In my graduate work, I aim to design, implement, and evaluate Cerebro, a computational platform for detecting and facilitating opportunistic interactions, or serendipitous moments in users’ daily lives for engaging in shared activities, to support social connection at distance. This purposed research is advancing my interests in designing intelligent human-machine systems, and my desire to empower people to build stronger social connections, increase social capital, and increase their emotional well-being. Advancing these goals requires taking an interdisciplinary approach; in this vein, my work draws on methods from HCI, AI, and social science to devise novel technological solutions to complex human problems.
I am pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in Computer Science and Communications through the Technology and Social Behavior Program at Northwestern University. I have had the pleasure of pursuing this research with Dr. Darren Gergle and my advisor, Dr. Haoqi Zhang.
In addition to my research, I am a SIG (Special Interest Group) head for the Design, Technology, and Research studio at Northwestern, where I've had the opportunity to co-mentor several wonderful undergraduate students while they practice to self-direct their own independent, Systems HCI research projects (Shoutout to Sanfeng Wang, Ryan Jeon, Matthew Wang, Andrew Finke, Jennie Werner, Allison Sun, Suzy Lee, Meg Grasse, Eunice Lee).
- Sep 2020 Paper: The first paper on Opportunistic Collective Experiences: Identifying Shared Situations and Structuring Shared Activities at Distance is accepted at CSCW'20!
- Apr 2020 Paper: My DTR student, Gabriel Caniglia, publishes his late breaking work paper Cast: A Context-Aware Collaborative Storytelling Platform at CHI'20.
- Apr 2020 Paper: My Google Internship work is published in the CHI'20 proceedings, titled Novice-AI Music Co-Creation via AI-Steering Tools for Deep Generative Models!
- Mar 2020 Presentation: Attended the IUI'20 Workshop on Human-AI Co-Creation with Generative Models where I presented my work on Cococo: AI-Steering Tools for Music Novices Co-Creating with Generative Models.
- Mar 2020 Education: Passed my CS Qualifying exam! I presented my work on Opportunistic Collective Experiences. Check out a recorded version of my talk, if you're interested.
- Oct 2019 Paper: My work from Summer 2017 at Olin College was presented at ASSETS'20 in Pittsburgh: Leveraging Augmented Reality to Create Apps for People with Visual Disabilities: A Case Study in Indoor Navigation
- Jun 2019 - Sep 2019 Intern: For a summer internship, I joined Google Brain's People AI Research + Big Picture group to work on human AI interaction problems related to generative models for music.
- Sep 2018 - Jun 2019 Award: Recognized as a Design Research Fellow within the Design Research Cluster at Northwestern.
- Apr 2018 Paper: My DTR student collaborators, Jennie Werner and Allison Sun, placed 2nd at the ACM CHI 2018 Student Research Competition for their work on Cerebro: A Platform for Opportunistic Collective Experiences.
- Sep 2017 - now Education: PhD student at Northwestern University studying Technology and Social Behavior.
- Apr 2017 I created a Medium blog discussing the personal values AI practioneers bring with them to do authentic work. In the process, I became a writer for the Towards Data Science publication!
- Sep 2013 - May 2017 Education Olin College of Engineering, B.S. Engineering with a concentration in Robotics