I am a Senior Researcher in the Ability Group at Microsoft Research where I conduct research in the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI) and accessible computing. I design, develop, and evaluate intelligent interaction techniques that improve the accessibility of computing devices for people with diverse motor and sensory abilities. My current research explores methods for improving the accessibility of virtual and augmented reality systems for people with limited mobility.
I received my Ph.D. in Information Science from the Information School at the University of Washington where I was advised by Dr. Jacob Wobbrock. For my dissertation, I created and evaluated algorithms to improve the accuracy of touch input for people with upper-body motor impairments. My dissertation was supported by a Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant and a UW GO-MAP Dissertation Fellowship. To learn more about my dissertation work, check out this UW feature story or listen to my radio interview with Seattle’s KOMO News . Prior to attending UW, I received my B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University.
I am passionate about improving diversity in the CS and HCI communities. I was an inaugural teaching fellow at the iSchool Inclusion Institute where I also served as a research advisor. I co-chaired the CHIMe 2020 Workshop and am serving on the steering committee for CHIMe 2021. I recently wrote a blog post for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s series: Voices on the Future of Childhood: Diversity, Belonging, and Racial Justice.