I'm a Research Scientist at the Personal Robots Group directed by Prof. Cynthia Breazeal at MIT Media Lab. Before, I was a PhD student at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) at Georgia Tech, where I was a member of the Human-Automation Systems (HumAnS) Laboratory advised by Prof. Ayanna Howard. While doing my PhD, I co-founded Zyrobotics, a spin-off from Georgia Tech that is licensing the three patents from my research. 

Deep Personalization and Embodied Emotional Intelligence

My work focuses on developing interactive social machines that deeply personalize to their users over a long-term interaction, attending to our unique needs and goals. Systems I develop are always deployed and tested in real-world, high societal impact areas that support people's learning, emotional and social well-being, as well as behavior changes and decision making. This is achieved by formulating theories of mental processes as computational models, which an agent infers through users' verbal/nonverbal cues, and a reward given to the agent for the actions it takes in response to user states. The challenge lies in the sparsity of available interaction data. For instance, reinforcement learning with data acquired from an interaction with just a single agent either requires a lot of time, or the state and action space must be significantly simplified. To tackle such problems, my research program will be at the forefront of developing personal robots and agents that are capable of transfer learning from one interaction to another, as well as utilizing collective knowledge and sensing across intelligent and intuitive interfaces embedded in our everyday objects.