Sooyeon Jeong

I am a PhD student in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, advised by Prof. Cynthia Breazeal.

My research focuses on designing and deploying interactive agents that can improve people's lives by providing personalized support based on each user's needs, traits and behaviors. I deploy these agents "in-the-wild" to evaluate how they build relationship/rapport with people over time and improve their wellbeing, health and learning. I believe relational technologies can be more than just tools and become helpful companions for people by continuously adapting themselves to help users achieve their health goals.

I received S.B. and M.Eng. degrees from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT, and S.M. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab.

I'll be a postdoctoral fellow in Northwestern University's Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies in Fall 2022 and will join the Purdue Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2023.