I am a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Science program at Tufts University. Starting in fall 2016, I will be an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
My primary research interests are in the area of human-robot interaction, though I have had the great pleasure of working on a range of projects spanning the design, development, and use of emerging social technologies including humanlike robots, brain-computer interfaces, and large-scale touch displays.


In my dissertation research, I have been working with Dr. Heather Urry in the Emotion, Brain, and Behavior Laboratory to study peoples' emotionally-motivated reactions to humanlike robots. This work serves to contribute to both the theoretical understanding of the uncanny valley (namely what visual characteristics improve or interfere with peoples' interactions with anthropomorphic technologies), as well as more practically, towards the design of future robots and virtual agents.

For more information about my dissertation work, see the following representative publications:


For exemplars of my past work on brain-computer interfaces (BCI) and large-scale touch displays, please see the following summary papers: