I am an Associate Professor of Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington. My work combines the social studies of computing, focusing particularly on the design, use, and consequences of socially interactive and assistive robots in different social and cultural contexts, with research on human-robot interaction (HRI) and social robot design. My research has three broad aims:
1. Developing a critical understanding of the development and use of socially interactive robots in society;
2. Studying how social and cultural factors influence robotics science and technology; and
3. Using critical perspectives and insights from the social study of interactive robotic technologies to design, implement, and evaluate socially and culturally situated robots.
I spent Summer 2014 as a Visiting Professor at Bielefeld University's Cluster of Excellence Center in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC). I was a lecturer in Stanford University's Program in Science, Technology and Society in 2008/2009, and a visiting scholar at the Intelligent Systems Institute in AIST, Tsukuba, Japan and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I received my PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007.
You can find my Curriculum Vitae here.