I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Informatics at the University of California Irvine, where I conduct research in Human-Computer Interaction, Accessible Computing, and Human-Centered Design.
I am a programmer-turned-social-scientist who leverages expertise in software development, qualitative methods, and humanistic research approaches to examine large, ambiguous problem spaces and build interactive systems informed by what I find.
In my 5+ years of research, I have contributed human-centered findings to interdisciplinary teams in studies of the Internet of Things, voice interfaces, technical information seeking, programming tools and languages, and organizational behavior.
My work has been published in top computing venues, including CHI, ASSETS, and DIS, and my findings have been used to inform the design of both novel, experimental tools and widely-used, consumer technologies, including Google Assistant, Google Cloud Platform, and the Go Programming Language.
In my dissertation, I am building a voice assistant application to support blind and low-vision parents in reading with their children. Through deploying and evaluating this system, I explore sociocultural aspects of designing smart home devices for disabled users, techniques for supporting collaboration in ability-diverse teams, and the use of voice interfaces for group coordination.