I am currently a third year PhD student in Maja Matarić's Interaction Lab at the University of Southern California having previously worked in Chad Jenkins's Laboratory for Progress as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. I am working on using hands free mixed reality (e.g. Microsoft Hololens 2) to model and explore student's kinesthetic curiosity - the expression of student curiosity through movement. To do so, my team and I have created an open-source 3D visual programming language named MoveToCode. We leverage the multiple modalities of mixed reality to also expand a mobile robot tutor's action space to encourage higher a student's kinesthetic curiosity. We are also working on teaching robotics to older adults using virtual and augmented reality. We plan for these Shared Virtual Teaching Experiences to model a user's preferences and transfer these to a real-world multi-party activity aimed to bring older adults together.
Looked into different point filtering and methods for a geometrically informed ICP. This also included creating a web based ICP visualization.
Reimplemented a SLAM post processing method proposed by Edwin Olson in Fast Iterative Alignment of Pose Graphs with Poor Initial Estimates. Tested with the Fetch mobile manipulator.
I currently oversee 9 undergraduate students in Chloe Kuo, Julia Cordero, Roddur Dasgupta, Jenny Lee, Kartik Mahajan, Radhika Agrawal, Nisha Chatwani, Adam Wathieu, İpek Göktan, and Karen Ly who can also be found on the Interaction People Page. Previously I have overseen Roxanna Pakkar, Zhonghao Shi, Ryan Stevenson and Adnan Karim. I also have mentored high school students Annika Modi, Jacob Zhi, İpek Göktan, Mena Hassan, Ashley Perez, and Bryan Pyo as a part of the USC SHINE program.
Post graduation I plan to pursue a professor position stemming from my interests in research, teaching, and mentoring. Outside of lab, I used to help out at Clifford Street Elementary School with their new 5th grade VEX robotics team. I also was a part of a TEALS volunteer team at LACES Highschool teaching AP Computer Science for the 2019-2020 school year. I created and currently maintain the US Women in Academic Robotics Research website. If you would like to help out, feel free to contact me, my advisor Maja Matarić, or directly submit requests to add people via the website.
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Computer Science B.S.E.||2014||2018|
|University of Southern California - Los Angeles||Computer Science PhD||2018||Present|