I am a NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies in Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
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 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.
In Fall 2023, I will join the Purdue Computer Science Department as an Assistant Professor.