I wend pathways of data and difference focused on emotional biosensing. Emergent ways of knowing the emotional self and others via data bolster seemingly authoritative data-driven yet embodied categories like un/well or un/productive. These categories are anything but neutral: Some are ‘normal’ and some are ‘other’, ‘different’, or ‘suboptimal’. Critiquing this and seeking alternatives, in my work I contribute the following:
Reconfigure sensing, data, and data representation as a series of material transformations, opening up spaces to critique data's seeming authority and embrace embodied ways of knowing and feeling
Design alternative experiences with data that respect difference and avoid dehumanizing categorization
Offer new concepts for design such as life-affirmation
My approach combines critical and speculative design research, tangible embodied interaction design, new materialist lenses that foreground the agency of materials, and hands-on engineering to create fully functional biosensing technologies. These artifacts provoke critical discussion around emotional biosensing. Additionally, the rich experiences of people with and around these artifacts probe alternative possibilities with biosensory data, situated in the real emotional stakes of everyday lives.
I am a PhD candidate at the Berkeley School of Information advised by Kimiko Ryokai, and a member of the BioSENSE lab. Previously I have worked as a human centered designer and engineer in Singapore, Morocco, and China, as well as at the MIT Media Lab, Intel Labs, and Microsoft.