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.

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.

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.

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!

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