I'm an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science doctorate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I work in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with the Learning and Intelligent Systems group. I'm interested in using machine learning techniques for learning robotic manipulation strategies.
I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Computer Engineering major in the Spring of 2012. During my tenure there, I researched with the Bionics Lab under Jacob Rosen PhD on Dental Robotics.
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I'm Californian born and raised! My main hobby growing up was riding horses competitively. I also enjoyed sewing, baking, and playing my clarinet. I have two siblings, Talia and Alpha, both of whom are interested in education. My parents work in the medical field and are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year.
I am a proud banana slug! I started school in 2008 and lived at Crown College. During my first semester at school I declared my major as Computer Engineering. This was a milestone that forever changed my life.
I started researching at the Bionics Lab at UCSC during the summer of 2010. I was supported by dual fellowships: SURF-IT and MARC. I continued the project I started that summer for two years on Dental Robotics.
I embarked on my graduate studies in the Fall of 2012. I joined the Learning and Intelligent Systems Lab directed by Leslie Kaelbling and Tomas Lozano-Perez. I learned to program ROS and worked with the PR2 robot. My initial research focus was robotic grasping.
I completed my Master's Thesis at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. My thesis was Learning a Strategy for Whole Arm Grasping. Which conviently abbrievates to Learning SWAG.
I returned to the sunshine state of my birth for a graduate software engineering internship at Intel Corporation. I tackled challenging problems and had a lot of fun!