I am a third-year Human Centered Computing PhD student at Georgia Tech with a specialization in Learning Sciences and Technology. I work in the Expressive Machinery Lab with Dr. Brian Magerko. As a researcher, I am interested in questions that center on creativity, collaboration, and technology. I want to know what characterizes quality collaboration between humans in open-ended creative domains, how to develop computational agents that can participate in these collaborations, and how to evaluate the degree to which human-computer creative collaboration fosters user self-efficacy, learning, positive affect, and social interaction. I investigate these questions through an iterative design research process in which I develop public-facing installations in museums and art spaces and qualitatively analyze participant interactions with these systems.
I previously studied at UNC Chapel Hill, where I received a BS in Computer Science with a second major in Dramatic Art. At UNC-CH, my research explored performance art for social change and computer-supported cooperative work. My previous professional experience includes working as a software developer, a performance artist, and a producer.