I am a PhD student in Maja Mataric’s Interaction Lab at the University of Southern California. I am interested in exploring the ways we can use robots to improve the lives of everyone, but particularly those living with a disability. I currently focus on understanding multi-party interaction between groups of people and a robot.
I am funded on the NSF Expeditions in Computing Grant for Socially Assistive Robotics for Children. For this grant I support the deployement of Kiwi the Robot to the homes of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I have also begun work on exploring the ability of a robot to facilitate trust between strangers. More details on this work will be forthcoming soon.
I graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and from the University of Bristol with a Masters in Research in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.