Things I've made and stuff I've done
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.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
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.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
I took more ceramics classes! I made more bowls of different sizes and shapes, practiced making pretty forms, and experimented with glaze effects.
Friday, June 10, 2016
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.
Friday, December 18, 2015
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.
Sunday, November 1, 2015
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.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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.
Friday, August 15, 2014
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.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
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.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
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
Sunday, May 26, 2013
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.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
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.
Wednesday, November 7, 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.
Friday, October 19, 2012
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!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
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!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
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!
Thursday, December 29, 2011
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!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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!
Friday, February 18, 2011
I interned at NASA Langley Research Center in the summer of 2010. Read and watch videos about the Autonomous Vehicle Lab I helped establish!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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.)
Friday, May 28, 2010
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!
Saturday, December 19, 2009
The sculpture “Selves”, created during my semester abroad at the University of Sydney. This project emphasized space and abstract forms.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009