Current Lab Members
Assistant Professor
Anne Marie's research in human-computer interaction investigates natural user interfaces to support communication and social interaction for people with disabilities and older adults. Currently her research focuses on new media and accessible interfaces for late life social interaction. Anne Marie received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, a M.A. in Education, and a B.S. in Computer Science.
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Postdoctoral Fellow in Technology and Social Behavior
Amanda is a postdoc in the department of Communication Studies. She is interested in exploring the use of technology to support the recreational and leisure activities of older adults. Amanda received a Ph.D. in Biomedical and Health Informatics and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
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PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior
Robin is a second year PhD student in the Technology and Social Behavior program. She researches how to develop novel technologies to improve communication for digitally-disengaged populations. Specifically she is focusing on increasing digital interactions of older adults via intergenerational communication. Robin holds a B.S in Computer Science and M.S. in Human-Centered Computing.
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PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior
Jes is a first year student in the Technology and Social Behavior program. She's interested in employing user experience research and evidence-based design to promote natural and meaningful interactions. Specifically, she focuses on computer-mediated communication for individuals with cognitive and physical impairments. Jes received a B.S. in Computational Media and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Bri Hightower
PhD student in Media, Technology and Society
Bri is a first year student in the Media, Technology, and Society program. Her main research interests revolve around understanding how technology and media can enhance learning and communication for families and children. Prior to joining the Inclusive Lab, Bri conducted research at the Center for Children and Technology and received a B.A. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.
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PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior
Emily is an engineer, designer, and qualitative researcher. She is a first year PhD student in the Technology and Social Behavior program. In every assistive/adaptive technology project, Emily collaborates with individuals with disabilities via interviews, co-design, and prototype feedback sessions. These encounters inform the interfaces that she creates, whether they be high-tech or low-tech, for practical or expressive purposes, personal or social, or any combination of the above. Before coming to Northwestern, Emily completed a self-designed engineering major with coursework in computer science, human-centered design, and psychology at Olin College of Engineering.
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Jordan Davison
Research Project Manager
Jordan’s work on the Preschool Haptics project focuses on building tactile educational technology to support early science learning. Her work centers on the intersection of language, cognition, and action, both in the lab and in the field. She received a B.S. in Cognitive Science and an M.A. in Psychology.
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Charlotte Marshall-Fricker
Undergraduate student in Communication Studies
Charlotte is interested in social media and technologies to support social interaction for young people with disabilities and to enhance communication experiences for older adults.
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Graduate Research Assistant
Mengchao is interested in building applications and tools that enrich our sensory experience when using technology. He is developing new learning appliations for haptic displays.
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Lab Alumni
Former postdoctoral scholar
Ray's interests involve the design, development and deployment of ambient social prototypes to connect older adults with their families, and investigate how this technology impacts family ambient awareness, perceived identity, off-line encounters, wellness and isolation. His overall research goal is to understand how augmented technology and social media empower everyday human activities with special emphasis on the elderly. Ray received a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.S. in Computer Science, and Engineering degree in Computer and Information Systems.
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Chelsea Kim
Former undergraduate research assistant
Chelsea received her undergraduate degree in Communications Studies. She is interested in how social media can resolve diverse social issues including communication gaps between different age, social and cultural groups. She is now a PhD student at UC-Davis.
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Karina Sirota
Former undergraduate research assistant
Karina received her undergraduate degree in Communications and Computer Science. She is interested in how different technologies and social media affect perceptions of the self, as well as how using technology enables in empowerment.
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Magan Omar
Former undergraduate research assistant
Magan graduated with his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. He is interested in communication devices to support sustained usage for children.
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Sherry Zhang
Former undergraduate research assistant
Sherry is an undergraduate in McCormick studying Chemical Engineering, looking to minor in Computer Science soon. She is interested in ubiquitous wearable computing for people of different cultural backgrounds.
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Xiaoning Ni
Former research assistant
Xiaoning is interested in researching and developing novel technologies to improve social interaction and provide better user experiences for people with disabilities and older adults.
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Antonia Agbeh
Former undergraduate research assistant
Antonia received her undergrauate degree in Cognitive Science. She is interested in how technology can aid the processes of child cognition, learning , and development. Antonia is researching educational applications of surface haptics.
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Xiaofeng Zhu
Former graduate research assistant
Xiaofeng is a PhD student in compter science who is interested in Android development and data analysis. She developed social and educational applications of novel surface haptics.
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Mindy Chua
Former undergraduate research assistant
Mindy graduated from McCormick studying Biomedical Engineering. She is interested in how to leverage technology to improve the quality of life for those encountering memory loss. Mindy is currently based in Seattle, Washington working at an Alzheimer's and Parkinson's research center.
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Scott Neaves
Former undergraduate research assistant
Scott graduated from McCormick studying Computer Science and Cognitive Science. His primary research interest is in learning how technology can strengthen social bonds between people and serve as a point of connection.
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Vanessa Oguamanam
Former undergraduate research assistant
Vanessa is a senior in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is interested in developing and researching interactive media and technologies for educational purposes. As a summer researcher, she developed new methods of social content sharing for older adults through wearable computing.
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Ted Schwaba
Former undergraduate research assistant
Ted graduated with degrees in Communication Studies, Psychology, and Marketing. He is interested in how personality shapes technology use and perception, especially among marginalized populations, and in the evolution of research methodology.
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