I am the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of
Notre Dame, and direct the Robotics, Health, and Communication Lab. I am also a Fellow in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.
My research interests lie at the intersection of robotics, social signal processing, and health informatics. In robotics / SSP, we focus on designing autonomous robot behaviors that enable safe and effective collaborations with people. This includes designing and developing methods for robots to sense, model, and respond to human behavior. Recent projects include: computationally modeling joint action, teaching robots to learn social context, and designing socially-agile human-robot interaction.
In healthcare informatics, our work is situated within the areas of medical simulation and pervasive health technology. This research is enabling the next generation of high-fidelity human patient simulators that have the ability to intelligently interact with clinical learners, as well as creating new decision support tools to enable patient-centered healthcare delivery and improve patient safety.
Other current research interests include: nonlinear dynamics, robot ethics, and quality of life technology.
I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and B.Sc. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University. Before entering the Ph.D. program at Cambridge, I worked for eight years as a Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Roboticst at MITRE, a not-for-profit research institute. In 2013, I was awarded an NSF CAREER award for my work on novel types of human patient simulators, which can facially express pain, stroke, drowsiness, and other neurological impairments. (Here's a news article).