My design research explores tangible, embodied, social, and emotional ways of making meaning with biosensory data, data about people’s bodies, thoughts, and behaviors. What can (and can’t) this data say about how we feel? How might this data shape the way we feel, and shape how we relate to ourselves and others? I explore these questions by building sensing technologies that produce data, such as heart rate or skin conductance, and display it an unusual way, such as color-changing fabric or sound. I set up situations where people interact with these sensor-and-data-display technologies in an open-ended way, often with mundane but real social consequences, such as pairs of friends talking about their feelings. The highly varied and often surprising social and emotional experiences of people with these designs offer provocative yet experientially grounded speculative directions for designing with data.
As a PhD candidate at the Berkeley School of Information, I am advised by Kimiko Ryokai. My dissertation committee additionally includes John Chuang, Greg Niemeyer, and Gail De Kosnik. I am also 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.
In my free time, I enjoy baking simple cookies and muffins to share with friends and co-workers, going on slow casual bike rides to parks, and making really crappy audio feedback instruments. I like trying new ways of making things, being a beginner, and not being good at most of it. I save the perfectionism for research!
A more detailed research statement is available here.