I am the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor
of Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of
Notre Dame, and am Director of the Robotics, Health, and Communication Lab.
My research interests lie at the intersection of robotics, health informatics, and social signal processing. I am interested in solving fundamental research questions, such as - how can we computationally model human social behavior? How can we build machines capable of interpreting and responding appropriately to this behavior? How can we assess how humans understand, respond to, and work with such machines?
Then, from an application perspective, I am interested in using this knowledge to help improve healthcare delivery and safety by creating new tools and training aides to facilitate patient-centered communication. I am also interested in developing technology to help people with disabilities have increased independence and an improved quality of life throughout their lifespan.
I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and my 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.