I am a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the People and Robots Laboratory. My research interests include human-robot interaction and care robots.

Before grad school, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2019. Part of our degree program included five co-operative education experiences, exposing me to a variety of industry and research positions.

In the summers of 2018 and 2019, I worked as an intern at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, supervised by Aman Mathur and Dr. Rupak Majumdar. We developed Paracosm, a test framework for autonomous driving simulations, published at FASE 2021.

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Research Projects

Designing for Caregiving: Integrating Robotic Assistance in Senior Living Communities

CHI 2021

We consider how care robots could be used by professional caregivers in assisted and independent living environments. In a field study, we observed caregivers during their shift and conducted follow-up interviews. Our results point to design opportunities for robotic assistance, specifically by supporting caregiver workflows, adapting to resident abilities, and providing feedback to all stakeholders of the interaction.

Figaro: A Tabletop Authoring Environment for Human-Robot Interaction

CHI 2021

Figaro is a tabletop authoring environment where demonstrators use instrumented figurines to play out scenes of human-robot interactions. The positions, movements, behaviors, and speech of the figurines is recorded for each scene. Figaro then synthesizes a full human-robot interaction program that can be executed on a robot.