My research interests include:
- computational creativity,
- interactive narrative and narrative generation & understanding,
- prosody & emotion (affective computing),
- dialog & conversational agents,
- and cognitive systems.
I am currently a CIFellow at the University of Pennsylvania, working with Dr. Chris Callison-Burch.
I earned my PhD in Human-Centered Computing in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I worked with Dr. Mark Riedl in the Entertainment Intelligence Lab, doing automated story generation.
In 2018, I received a Tech to Teaching certificate, and that summer I was instructor of record for Intro to Cognitive Science.
I have an Masters in Language Technologies from LTI at Carnegie Mellon University in their School of Computer Science. I received my BS in Computer Science and Linguistics from Rutgers University — New Brunswick.
In the past, I have had summer research opportunities at Amazon in their Alexa Smart Home Machine Learning team and at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies (USC ICT) with the Virtual Patient Project.
One of my non-research passions is in educating children about computer science and technology — especially getting young girls interested, and I try to find as many local outreach opportunities as I can.
I enjoy playing computer games and board games, petting dogs, hiking, SCUBA diving, playing piano and accordion, collecting accents, and doing random craft projects. And I'm married to Dr. David Kent, the best person.