I am an Assistant Professor in the departments of Communication Studies, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (by courtesy), and Communication Sciences and Disorders (by courtesy) at Northwestern University. I direct the Inclusive Technology Lab.
My research involves the design and study of natural user interfaces to support communication, social interaction, and the developmental needs of people throughout the lifespan. Much of my work focuses on technology-based solutions for individuals with disabilities and older adults. I have a line of research on assistive and educational applications of surface computing. My recent work investigates hybrid interfaces to support social communication for older adults in home and therapy settings. See my lab website to find out more about ongoing research projects.
Please get in touch if you are interested in assistive technology and are a current or potential student. I advise students in the following PhD programs:
- Technology and Social Behavior PhD Program
- Media, Technology, and Society PhD Program
- Computer Science PhD Program
Current and Recent Courses:
- Assistive Communication Design (COMM_ST 398, Spring 2015)
- Media, Design, and Disability (COMM_ST 294, Fall 2014)
- Contextual Interviewing for Design (COMM_ST 398, Fall 2013)
- Gesture-Based Interface Design (MTS 525, Spring 2014)
My research is funded by the National Science Foundation through a CAREER Award (IIS-1551574), EAGER Award (IIS-1533340), and Cyberlearning Award (IIS-1522921) and the Robert and Kaye Hiatt Fund for Research in Media, Technology and Society.
A recent version of my CV is located here (PDF).
Dept of Communication Studies
School of Communication