After completing my PhD, I moved to beautiful San Francisco.


I received my Robotics PhD from Georgia Tech, where I was a President's Fellowship recipient. My concentration areas were artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and human-robot interaction.

I conducted my research in the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab with my advisor Professor Andrea Thomaz. My work focused on human-robot collaboration and learning from demonstration. The platforms I worked on primarily were Simon and Curi, two humanoid robots built by Meka Robotics (acquired by Google). See my Research page for more info.

In the SIM Lab, I was the primary software architect and maintainer of the shared lab codebase. Through developing many real-time end-to-end robotics systems, I gained experience in behavior architectures, vision / RGBD perception, manipulation, dialogue systems, audio processing, natural language understanding and generation, machine learning, and scheduling algorithms.

I conducted my undergraduate studies at MIT in Computer Science and Engineering (6-3). I also minored in Music (21M). At MIT, I had the privilege of studying robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision with world-class faculty.

From 2007-2008, I did undergraduate research at the MIT Media Lab. I worked in the Personal Robots Group directed by Professor Cynthia Breazeal, under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Berlin. There I worked on the Leonardo and Huggable robots, implementing perception and interaction components. I ran my first user study ever on Leonardo.

I first got started in undergraduate research in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), where I worked in the User Interface Design Group directed by Professor Rob C. Miller on prototyping Firefox extensions.

While I was an undergraduate, I spent one summer interning as a software engineer at Google. During this pre-Chrome era, I worked in the Firefox group on Google Toolbar for Firefox.

The summer after my junior year of high school, I participated in a program at Carnegie Mellon University called Advanced Placement / Early Admission. I took courses in electrical engineering (18-100) and computer science (15-111) and was one of two students offered early admission to the CMU School of Computer Science due to my performance in the class. I ultimately opted to complete high school, but most importantly, I met my future husband here!

I grew up in a New Jersey suburb. My parents are Taiwanese immigrants, a computer scientist and a dance teacher. I have an older sister Emily who is a professional violinist. I attended J.P. Stevens High School, where I served as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and literary magazine and president of the chemistry/physics club.

Because my father was a computer scientist, we always had computers around. Growing up, I was obsessed with Apple computers. My first love was a Macintosh IIci. My second was a strawberry iMac.

The arts were also very important to my childhood. I started learning Chinese folk dance with my mother at age 3, started studying the piano at age 5, and started studying the violin at age 8.