I am currently a computer science PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working in human-robot interaction. I enjoy working on technical problems that have the potential to benefit many people, such as affording novice users the ability to effectively and naturally control robot arms for important applications like tele-nursing or remote home care.
Previously, I achieved a Bachelors of Music Performance from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying vocal performance. Music is still a very important part of my life. I still sing; play guitar, violin, and percussion; and appreciate live music performances whenever I can. No matter what field I work in or what area will be my focus, I will always have a melody on the mind.
I have a fascination for computer animation, an ongoing interest ever since seeing Toy Story as a kid. Since 2007, I have enjoyed picking up the whole computer animation pipeline in my spare time, everything from object modeling, rigging, texturing, animating, compositing, to lighting. As this interest grew, I shifted focus from the artistic side of computer animation to the technical aspects. I began learning about what was going on under the hood of computer graphics processes, and I was often accompanied by a stack of linear algebra, calculus, computational geometry, signal processing, and programming books to page through in my free time. This interest eventually led me to Dr. Michael Gleicher, a renowned computer science professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison working in computer graphics, and, as they say, the rest is history.