Hello

I recently received my Ph.D. in Linguistics at UC Davis. I am currently working on projects investigating how individuals engage with voice-activated artificially intelligent (voice-AI) devices, such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri.

I was recently awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Dr. Georgia Zellou (PI: UC Davis Phonetics Lab, Dept. of Linguistics), Dr. Zhou Yu (PI: UC Davis Language and Multimodal Interaction Lab, Dept. of Computer Science) and Dr. Katharine Graf Estes (PI: UC Davis Language Learning Lab, Dept. of Psychology). Together, we are examining whether individuals engage with these devices in similar ways as they do with other humans — and the extent to which this varies based on the participants’ age and gender.

I am also currently collaborating with Dr. Zhou Yu (PI: UC Davis Language and Multimodal Interaction Lab, Dept. of Computer Science) on projects related to the Amazon Alexa Prize chatbot, Gunrock.

When I’m not researching,¬†teaching undergraduates, or helping put on workshops, I enjoy kayaking on Sugar Pine Reservoir, camping in the Tahoe Forest, and slowly¬†teaching myself Franz Liszt’s ‘Liebestraum’ on the piano.

 

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