I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University (supervised by Jeff Bigham) and a Research Scientist at Apple. I received my PhD from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. I was advised by professors Björn Hartmann at UC Berkeley and Maneesh Agrawala at Stanford, and my doctoral work was supported by an NDSEG fellowship. I've previously been supported by a department EECS Excellence Award and a Sandisk Gold Fellowship.
I'll be joining the faculty of University of Texas, Austin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science starting in January 2022! If you are a prospective graduate student or postdoc, please get in touch!
My research leverages the connections between communication mediums (e.g., spoken audio, multiple video sources, text transcripts) to enable people to fully participate in and better work with digital communication. As a systems researcher in Human-Computer Interaction, I embed machine learning technologies (e.g., NLU, NLG) into new human interactions that I then deploy to test. Using my systems, remote content creators more effectively collaborate, video authors efficiently create accessible descriptions for blind users, and instructors help students to learn and retain key points. To inform future systems that capture what is important to domain experts and people with disabilities, I conduct and collaborate on in-depth qualitative (e.g., AAC communication, memes) and quantitative studies (e.g., 360° Video, VR Saliency). My long term research goal is to make communication more effective and accessible to all.
Cole Gleason, Stephanie Valencia, Lynn Kirabo, Jason Wu, Anhong Guo, Elizabeth J. Carter, Jeffrey P. Bigham, Cynthia L. Bennett, Amy Pavel
ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2020).
Thesis and Technical Reports
PhD in Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
Advisors: Bjoern Hartmann and Maneesh Agrawala
Additional committee members: Eric Paulos, Abigail De Kosnik
Amy Pavel, Floraine Berthouzoz, Björn Hartmann, Maneesh Agrawala
Berkeley EECS Technical Report and Poster Presentation (TR 2013, TECHCON 2013).
Posters and workshops
Kundan Krishna, Amy Pavel, Benjamin Schloss, Jeffrey P. Bigham, Zachary Lipton
AAAI Workshop on Health Intelligence (W3PHIAI 2020 Workshop Paper).
Postdoctoral Fellow — Carnegie Mellon UniversityAdvisor: Jeffrey P. Bigham January 2019 - Present
Research Scientist — AppleGroup: Accessibility/ML Research
July 2019 - Present
Graduate student researcher — UC BerkeleyAdvisors: Björn Hartmann, Maneesh Agrawala Committee: Eric Paulos, Björn Hartmann, Maneesh Agrawala, Abigail de Kosnik
August 2013 - December 2018
Undergraduate research assistant — UC BerkeleyAdvisors: Maneesh Agrawala, Björn Hartmann, Floraine Berthouzoz
May 2011 - May 2013
Research intern — Adobe Research, SeattleAdvisor: Dan Goldman
May 2014 - August 2014, May 2015 - August 2015
Instructor — UC BerkeleyCS 160: User interface design and development
Graduate Student Instructor (TA) — UC BerkeleyCS 160: User interface design and development
Project Advisor — UC BerkeleyNWMEDIA 190: Making Sense of Cultural Data
Instructor (Workshop) — UC BerkeleyCS Kickstart, intro CS for incoming freshmen women