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I am currently looking for a full-time position in designing and developing social interactions for a robotic character.

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Dissertation Defense

I successfully defended my doctoral thesis on “A Bayesian Theory of Mind Approach to Nonverbal Communication for Human-Robot Interactions: A Computational Formulation of Intentional Inference and Belief Manipulation.” A BIG thank you to my thesis committee members, colleagues, family, and friends for teaching me everything I know, celebrating with me in my victories, and supporting me with endless hugs. Here is the PhD thesis document. Abstract: Much of human social communication is channeled through our facial expressions, body language, gaze directions, and many other nonverbal behaviors. A robot’s ability to express and recognize the emotional states of people through these nonverbal…

Manufacturing in Shenzhen

For the past 5 weeks, I was in Shenzhen, China taking the MIT Media Lab’s “Supply Chain and Manufacturing Bootcamp” course taught by Bunnie Huang, author of “The Hardware Hacker: Adventures in Making and Breaking Hardware” and “Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering.” The program was very hands-on, and we were introduced to basic manufacturing concepts and taught how to effectively manage a supply chain network. With the help of AQS, a contract manufacturer (CM), I learned how to manufacture a product working with the PCB fabrication & assembly and injection molding factories.  I sourced for parts and materials…