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 grew up in South Korea and came to the U.S. for college. I received B.S., M.Eng degrees from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT, and M.S. degree from the MIT Media Lab.