I am a PhD student at the University of Chicago studying Computer Science. I work with Prof. Pedro Lopes in the Human Computer Integration Lab and am broadly interested in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with focus on creating haptic devices enabled by responsive materials. Grounded by a background in mechanical engineering, I like to operate at the intersection of HCI and materials science to unlock new interaction possibilities. Check out my recent CHI Paper: MagnetIO, a wearable haptic actuator and battery-free vibrating patches to enable ubiquitous haptics!
Previously, I worked with Prof. Jeong-Hoi Koo at Miami University, where I studied smart fluids for haptic feedback as a Research Fellow for NASA and the Ohio Space Grant Consortium. Additionally, I have worked as a visiting student researcher at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in the Smart Systems and Structures Lab.
Tangential to my core research, I enjoy learning more about soft robotics, human-robot interaction and artificial life.
Outside of lab, I stay active through calisthenics, yoga, kettlebell training and hiking. Additionally, I am always trying to learn more about investing.
We propose a new type of haptic actuator, which we call MagnetIO, that is comprised of two parts: any number of soft interactive patches that can be applied anywhere and one battery-powered voice-coil worn on the user’s fingernail. When the fingernail-worn device contacts any of the interactive patches it detects its magnetic signature and makes the patch vibrate. To allow these otherwise passive patches to vibrate, we make them from silicone with regions doped with neodymium powder, resulting in soft and stretchable magnets. This novel decoupling of traditional vibration motors allows users to add interactive patches to their surroundings by attaching them to walls, objects or even other devices or appliances without instrumenting the object with electronics.
(09.2021) Submitted a paper to CHI! Grateful for all the support of my labmates and collaborators in these hectic times. Fingers crossed.
(08.2021) We published an extension of my MS work in Applied Sciences with greater focus on integrating sensing into our ER fluid-based haptic actuator, which was recognized as a Feature Paper by the editor: Design and Experimental Evaluation of an Electrorheological Haptic Module with Embedded Sensing
(12.2020) I had the first paper of my PhD accepted to CHI 2021! More details to come!
(11.2020) I’m attending the Fall MRS Meeting for the first time!
(10.2020) I really enjoyed attending UIST virtually, was great to see friends!
(09.2020) Made it through the CHI deadline!
(06.2020) First year of PhD courses done! I’m excited to deep dive into research this summer.
(03.2020) In light of COVID-19, I’m doing research and taking classes from home this quarter. Stay well, everyone!
(01.2020) My second journal paper is now published in Smart Materials and Structures: A compact and compliant electrorheological actuator for generating a wide range of haptic sensations
(11.2019) I kicked off the HCIntegration Lab’s skillshare series by leading a discussion on mechanics of materials:
(10.2019) I’m an SV at UIST! Let’s talk new interfaces!
(09.2019) I gave a brief talk on “Creating new interactive devices with smart materials” at our joint lab meeting with Sihong Wang’s group.
(09.2019) I’ve begun my PhD at UChicago! And migrated to a new website design.
(07.2019) I attended Mirela Alistar’s Biochip Summer Workshop at CU Boulder.
(05.2019) I defended my MS thesis at Miami University and graduated!
(03.2019) Talk presented at the OSGC Student Research Symposium.
(03.2019) My first journal paper on our ER fluid-based haptic actuator is now live!