I will join the Purdue Computer Science Department as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Fall 2023. If you are interested in developing interactive technologies for people's lives, please reach out!
My research focuses on designing and deploying interactive AI 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. Some of my research interests are in Human-Computer/AI Interaction, Social Robotics, Affective Computing, Applied Machine Learning, and Digital Health.
I received a S.B. and a M.Eng. from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT, and a S.M. and a Ph.D in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT Media Lab. My doctoral dissertation was advised by Prof. Cynthia Breazeal who directs the Personal Robots Group.
Currently, I am a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies in Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.