I am a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher and designer. I specialize in the participatory design and evaluation of tangible and embedded systems, including digital living media systems, for children and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. I am also interested in using digital media to facilitate creative and learning processes in intercultural settings for children and adults. I am currently working as a postdoctoral research associate at the Information Systems Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am working with Dr. Amy Hurst in the prototyping and design lab (aka, "the pad"). I have a PhD in Computer Science from the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Toronto, Canada.
I am passionate about interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration. In the past few years, I have worked on a number of research and design projects in several countries around the world including Bhutan, Mexico, Spain and Kenya. I have previously collaborated with artists, activists, entrepreneurs, special education teachers and other designers and researchers on a range of innovative projects.