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.