As part of my PhD research at MIT, I developed a variety of experimental protocols and assessments that are available for others to adapt and use.


Relational technology attempts to build long-term, social-emotional relationships with users. In my dissertation, I examined how one such technology—social robots—can facilitate children's language learning by promoting engagement, rapport, and positive relationships.


While in the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, I studied whether a robot's vocal expressiveness affected children's learning and engagement during story reading activities.


I took more ceramics classes! I made more bowls of different sizes and shapes, practiced making pretty forms, and experimented with glaze effects.


I took a ceramics class! We were taught how to make a couple different forms out of clay on the wheel, but I just made bowls. Lots of bowls.


Part of an NSF Expeditions in Computing grant, this project tested whether a social robot could help children learn new words in a foreign language more effectively by personalizing its behavior to each child.


In the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, I worked on a series of projects about using social robots as language learning companions for young children.


For my master's thesis at the MIT Media Lab, I created a social robotic learning companion that played a storytelling game with young kids.


For my wedding reception, I created colorful, custom centerpieces for all the tables, complete with paper flowers and scrapbook pages. I also designed my own invitations and thank you cards.


I modified my mom's wedding dress for my own wedding—mostly I added color—decorated a pair of awesome sandals, and made my own ribbon-flower bouquet.


Glorb is an interactive set of balls for visualizing and exploring the dynamics of motion, created with my husband Randy for the MIT Media Lab's The Other Festival.


Am I Alive? is a life-size sequential art dialogue that questions the "aliveness" of new technology. I made this for the MIT Media Lab's The Other Festival.


The Motion Tracker is a camera-based body movement tracking system. I worked on it as a research intern for Sidney D'Mello in 2011-2012.


Nearly all the photos on my blog are photos I took. Here's where to find my photo-centric posts from 2010-2012, with a special section on the Vassar Palmer Gallery exhibit Through the Student Lens in 2011, which featured two of my photos.


I applied for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program in 2011. My application was successful. Here are my application essays and reviews, so future applicants can see an example!


Who wouldn’t want a coat covered in buttons, colors, and pockets? I certainly wanted one—so here it is! Take a look at the patchwork coat I’m making!


I designed and painted t-shirts as gifts for family and friends. At first, my dad didn't realize his, featuring some of his favorite Muppets, was hand-painted—yes, it was that awesome!


I spent the summer of 2011 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as part of Mike Comberiate’s Engineering Boot Camp. Read and watch videos about the project I worked on, LIDAR-Assisted Robotic Group Exploration!


Internships and related opportunities for undergraduate students interested in Cognitive Science and Computer Science—many programs are open to students in engineering and other fields, too!


I interned at NASA Langley Research Center in the summer of 2010. Read and watch videos about the Autonomous Vehicle Lab I helped establish!


As an enthusiastic reader, I’ve compiled a recommended reading list. You can recommend your own favorites over at my blog - I'm always looking for new books! (Last updated Oct. 25, 2015.)


While studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, I took a sculpture class. In this project, I learned about mass, working with clay, and creating a plaster mold!


The sculpture “Selves”, created during my semester abroad at the University of Sydney. This project emphasized space and abstract forms.