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 new haptic devices. Specifically, I investigate unconventional approaches to engineering haptic actuators from the ground up. I build haptic devices that can overlay tactile feedback onto any number of surfaces in the environment to achieve “ubiquitous haptics.” In my recent work, I’ve aimed to apply this idea to a range of wearable actuators that provide feedback such as vibration, variable friction, & thermal rendering. Check out my recent CHI Paper: MagnetIO, a wearable haptic actuator and battery-free vibrating patches to enable ubiquitous haptics!
This past summer, I worked at Meta (Reality Labs Research) as a haptics research scientist intern.
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, mechanics of materials, and human-robot interaction.
Outside of lab, I enjoy biking (and wrenching on bikes), running, and spending time in the gym. To relax, I hang out with my partner and our two cats 😸(Migo and Merlot).
(05.2023) I start an internship with Meta Reality Labs working on haptics research next month (June-Nov)! If you’re in the PNW, let’s connect.
(01.2023) I kicked off the new year by giving a talk at UChicago’s People and Tech Seminar about ongoing work on the future of haptics.
(09.2022) I presented new work at IEEE RO-MAN 2022. Check out our paper: Physical Touch from a Robot Caregiver: Examining Factors that Shape Patient Experience
(05.2022) Excited to be attending the upcoming CHI in person for the first time! Please feel free to reach out and chat if you’re around – can’t wait to meet soon!
Our lab is getting ready!
(04.2022) Celebrating some paper submissions this month, fingers crossed.
(10.2021) Celebrating a paper submission!
A collaborative project (“A stretchable and strain-unperturbed pressure sensor for motion-interference-free tactile monitoring on skins) led by Sihong Wang’s group was accepted to Science Advances!
UIST was awesome this year – really enjoyed connecting with so many people working on exciting projects. Let’s continue to connect and collaborate!
Received great news that a SEED proposal put together by Pedro and I has been funded by the Chicago Materials Research Center (MRSEC)!
(09.2021) Submitted a paper! 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!