I am a Researcher in the Computational User Experiences (CUE) group at Microsoft Research. My general research interests are Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp). My most recent research ambition is exploring new methods of health sensing. Through most of my career, I have focused on creating new human-computer input and output techniques. The broad goal of my work is enabling computing to aid people throughout every aspect of their lives. My focus toward this goal is the concept of always-available computing the idea that computing can and should be at our fingertips no matter where we are or what we are doing.
In 2010 I completed my PhD in the Computer Science & Engineering department at the University of Washington where I was advised by Professor James Landay and Dr. Desney Tan. In my dissertation work, I created new human-computer interfaces by exploring techniques to harness the untapped bandwidth of the human body for physiological interfaces to computing. The focus of my work in this area has been muscle-computer interfaces. This work has led to many publications and coverage by media outlets including being honored as one of Technology Review's 2010 Young Innovators Under 35.
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Anne Eisenberg wrote a kind article on PocketTouch in the New York Times.
Kate Greene of the MIT Technology Review wrote up an article about our work on Muscle-Computer Interfaces. She discusses our approach to muscle-sensing for computer input and our paper at UIST 2009.
Following Johhny Lee 's post to his Procrastineering Blog about the video figure (shown below) from our paper at UIST 2009, the following websites picked up the story: ACM TechNews, Engadget, Gizmodo, Joystiq, Kotaku, LiveScience, Makezine, Popular Science, Slashdot, and TechRadar. For a longer clip of the Guitar Hero demo, here is a video of me playing Air Guitar Hero. All versions on YouTube: mine, CHI, and TechFlash.
Our work on Muscle-Computer Interfaces was mentioned in an article in Forbes Magazine by Lee Gomes. His article describes the importance of the keyboard and mouse in our everyday lives and some of the alternative input approaches researchers have explored.
Dr. Bill Crounse, senior director of worldwide health at Microsoft, stopped by Microsoft Research and interviewed several people, including me, about our current research. He wrote and spoke about our work on Muscle-Computer Input in his Health Blog and on Microsoft's Channel 10.