In May 2012, I completed my PhD in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University advised by Manuela Veloso and Anind Dey.
My long-term research vision is to develop intelligent systems that seamlessly interact with, learn from, and perform tasks for humans. Towards this goal, I aim to contribute novel artificial intelligence (AI) techniques for interactive intelligent systems that leverage knowledge of how people behave with and around them. Using these algorithms, intelligent systems can tailor their functionality by learning actual use patterns and user preferences to improve performance metrics such as task completion time, accuracy, usability, energy-use, and accessibility. My dissertation work is motivated by the fact that many intelligent systems have limited abilities, yet their users often possess the capabilities that they lack. In order to complete tasks more effectively, I propose and explore symbiotic relationships between the systems and users, in which systems utilize predictions of users' activities to determine when to act autonomously and when to request user assistance.
I was also actively involved in outreach activities. In Women@SCS, we present to middle and high schools roadshows about computer science concepts (its not just programming) and cool applications like computer graphics and games and robotics. I also volunteer for Creative Technology Nights. We offer free workshops for middle school girls on various topics in computer science like Alice programming, robotics, circuits and hardware, puzzles, and anything else we can think of.
I received my Bachelors degree in Computer Science with a double major in Human-Computer Interaction in 2007 also from Carnegie Mellon. I am a 2007 NSF Graduate Fellow, National Physical Science Consortium Fellow, Google Anita Borg Scholarship winner, CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award winner, and Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar. I am also a 2006 Microsoft National Undergraduate Female Award winner. In 2011, I won a Siebel Scholarship, given to 2 PhD students at Carnegie Mellon and 85 students worldwide per year.