I am a fourth year PhD student at the People and Robots Laboratory at the Computer Sciences Department of University of Wisconsin-Madison, advised by Bilge Mutlu. I received my PhD minor in Human Development and Family Studies, MS degree in Cognitive Science (‘20) from Middle East Technical University and a BS degree in Computer Science (‘18) from Bilkent University. I take an interdisciplinary lens in my research, with the intersection of computer science, cognitive science, social robotics, design, and family studies.
In my PhD research, I take a family-centered approach to developing social companion robots tailored to the needs and preferences of children and families. Through qualitative and design-based research, I explore how these technologies can be used to improve families’ lives, facilitate their routines, and support connections.
4) Forming theoretical knowledge from interdisciplinary insights (e.g., Family Studies, Communication Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction)
Talks and Selected Publications
Dec 1, 2023: Our proposed full-day workshop focusing on “Methods for Family-Centered Design” is accepted for CHI2024.
Nov 22, 2023: My paper focusing on a “A Family-Centered Framework in HRI” is accepted for HRI2024 theory track.
Nov 17, 2023: I was invited to give a talk at the CS Colloqium at University of Iowa, Rising Stars in HCI
Jun 19, 2023: Hosted a half-day workshop at IDC2023 on Family-Centered Interaction Design
May 26, 2023: Passed my qualifying examination focusing on a literature review for “Social Robots for Families”
April 23, 2023: Attended the Doctoral Consortium at CHI2023, Hamburg.