I am a sixth year PhD candidate working with Brian Scassellati in the Social Robotics Lab at Yale University. I am interested in social robots, machine learning, intelligent tutoring systems, and affective computing.
My research broadly focuses on how we can use social robots to help people learn. As every learner is different, creating engaging robots that personalize behavior to individual users can lead to more effective learning.
I am specifically interested in leveraging social robots as one-on-one tutoring agents. I would like to create robotic systems that adapt to individuals by making use of both the user's affective reactions and progress through a learning task. As a starting point, I would like to understand what types of behaviors children engage in during a tutoring interaction with a social robot, and design personalized tutoring interactions that respond to these behaviors.