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As a research scientist and manager for human-robot interaction at Willow Garage, I study how people interact with and respond to personal robots. I completed my PhD at Stanford University in the Department of Communication, advised by Clifford Nass. I also completed a PhD minor in Psychology from Stanford, MA in Communication from Stanford, and BAs in Cognitive Science and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. During my graduate studies, I worked part-time as a research assistant at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). My PhD dissertation, Throwing Voices: Investigating the Psychological Effects of the Spatial Location of Projected Voices, won the Nathan Maccoby dissertation award in 2008. Last year, I had the honor of being named one of the Tech Review’s 35 innovators under 35 as well as one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business.
My work lies in the intersections of ubiquitous computing, embodied cognition, and personal robotics. Within the realm of human-computer interaction (HCI), I study how people interact with and through robots. In terms of people interacting with robots, I focus upon how people make sense of and interact with agentic objects. In terms of people interacting through robots, I study the behavioral, cognitive, and social implications of technologies that influence one’s own sense of agency by becoming invisible-in-use.