Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary, scientific study of the mind and its processes. It examines the nature, the tasks, and the functions of cognition (in a broad sense). 


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Intelligent Biologically Inspired Design
Intelligent Biologically Inspired Design
Engineers are interested in solving some practical problem, such as capturing water vapor in arid regions. They intend to use biological analogs as a source of inspiration. Doing so, however, raises several problems. First, the biological literature...

GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY The Scientific Way of Thinking using VERA - Part 2
Virtual Ecological Research Assistant (VERA)
Accelerating scientific discovery using AI technologies.

Question Elaboration
Intelligent Biologically Inspired Design
Engineers are interested in solving some practical problem, such as capturing water vapor in arid regions. They intend to use biological analogs as a source of inspiration. Doing so, however, raises several problems. First, the biological literature...

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Shape Machine
Shape Machine is a new computational technology that fundamentally redefines the way shapes are represented, indexed, queried and operated upon. The technology solves the problem of shape matching in vector graphics for lines and arcs and for the...

Visual Thinking in Autism
Intelligent agents, visual perception and cognition
Visual analogies on intelligence tests.

VERA - The Virtual Ecological Research Assistant
Virtual Ecological Research Assistant (VERA)
Accelerating scientific discovery using AI technologies.

Unleashing the Power of Learning through Jill Watson
A Tool for Building Interactive Agents: Agent Smith
As part of the Jill Watson Suite of Tools for Education, Agent Smith enable anyone to build their own agents.

Using AI to understand the spread of COVID-19
Virtual Ecological Research Assistant (VERA)
Using AI to understand the spread of COVID-19 is part of accelerating scientific discovery using AI technologies.

Virtual Teaching Assistant: Jill Watson
Virtual Teaching Assistant: Jill Watson
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty discussing "Jill Watson" (an AI teaching assistant) with Dr. Ashok Goel. It has been said that Jill Watson is the most famous teaching assistant in the world. Jill's origin actually is quite humble. She was conceived in summer...

Jill Watson TA-explained by masters student
Virtual Teaching Assistant: Jill Watson
A human teaching assistant discusses "Jill Watson" (an AI teaching assistant). It has been said that Jill Watson is the most famous teaching assistant in the world. Jill's origin actually is quite humble. She was conceived in summer 2015 with the...

Artificial Intelligence (AI) through Symbiosis
Artificial Intelligence (AI) through Symbiosis
We're using a revolutionary new approach to optimizing the process of order picking. Contrary to traditional methods, we want to use smart head-worn displays (HWDs) to enable our users to detect and correct errors during order picking in real-time,...

A Social Media Study on Mental Health Status Transitions Surrounding Psychiatric Hospitalizations
A Social Media Study on Mental Health Status Transitions Surrounding Psychiatric Hospitalizations
Improving the well-being of people with mental illness requires not only clinical treatment but also social support. This research examines how major life transitions around mental illnesses are exhibited on social media and how social and clinical...

Gaming and Esports Applied Research
GEAR: Gaming & Esports Applied Research
Gaming for good.

Crowd-Sourced Tools to Help Employees with Disabilities Make Accommodation Decisions
Crowd-Sourced Tools to Help Employees with Disabilities Make Accommodation Decisions
Georgia Tech is developing two online tools to help employees with disabilities and their employers figure out what types of accommodations (e.g., assistive technologies, strategies, universal features) might help them perform their jobs. Work...

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Helping children with dyslexia read faster using Augmented Reality
Augmenta11y is an Augmented Reality (AR) app that helps people with learning disabilities like dyslexia easily read textual material in the real world using their smartphones and tablets. By giving users customizable font styles, background colors,...

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Ambient Alerting
No matter what age we are, we have likely forgotten to turn off the stove or oven, iron, heater or even water. Forgetfulness can lead to serious events that may result in costly damage to the home or even injury or death. Older adults are more prone...

Cognitive AR: Manipulating Augmented Reality to Support Learning and Work
Cognitive AR: Manipulating Augmented Reality to Support Learning and Work
Utilizing augmented reality to support workers and trainees in the performance of complex cognitive and motor tasks.

Real-time Captioning
Captioning on Glass: captioning eyeglasses for the deaf and hard of hearing
Captioning on Glass is an on-going project creating captioning eyeglasses with a companion Android phone app to assist the hard-of-hearing in everyday conversations. We are also working on another version of this app, "Translation on Glass", which...

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Empowering Collegiate Esports Teams to Communicate Better
As our Master's Project for the MS HCI degree, David and I worked closely with collegiate esports teams and athletes to understand how teams communicate and improve their comm. practices. Through a UCD process, we gained insights into their...

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Elementary Student Adjustment Tracker
A platform that allows teachers, counselors and parents to follow student's adjustment behaviors.

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An Accessible Tool for Exploring Coal Pollution Data
This project, the winner of the 2020 EmPOWER Air Data Challenge from the US EPA creates an online tool for exploring relationships between coal power plant emissions, wind currents, and local health impacts. 

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An Online Platform for Career Related Mentorship for Graduate Students
Seeking mentorship and advice is a key activity in a graduate student’s career development, specifically when transitioning from academia, and looking for job opportunities. While multiple sources of career-related information are available to...

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Audo: A Sound-Based Virtual Coworking Space
Before the onset of the pandemic, we used to be able to visit public places, like library and cafes, where we could work and enjoy the atmosphere of having others around. But then the pandemic hit, and with it came remote work where many were forced...

Bit Whisperer
Bit Whisperer: Enabling Ad-hoc, Short-range, Walk-Up-and-Share Data Transmissions via Surface-bound Acoustics
We introduce Bit Whisperer, an ad-hoc short-range wireless communication system that enables "walk up and share" data transmissions with "good enough" security.

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Children's Educational Water Play
MS-HCI Master Project-Partnered with Children's Museum of Atlanta, our project aims to develop a water play that educates children under 12 years old with a limited knowledge base about concepts of plastic pollution and the protection of ocean life.

Co-creating value in local food networks through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Co-creating value in local food networks through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
In Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), members of a local community invest upfront in local farms before a harvesting season in return for "shares" of weekly produce. This promotes agricultural & economic prosperity for the farmers & a...

Community-based Support Network Platform for Young Female Athletes
Community-based Support Network Platform for Young Female Athletes
We designed and evaluated a mobile user interface of a community-based support network platform for young female athletes.

Connecting Social Media Influencers and Small Business Owners
Connecting Social Media Influencers and Small Business Owners
Providing a platform for social media influencers and small business owners to foster a better connection and collaboration.

Crossroads: Transgender Education for Greek GT Students
Crossroads: Transgender Education for Greek GT Students
Our project develops a mobile teaching tool for cisgender Greek fellows/allies that promotes empathy-building in relation to their transgender and nonbinary peers. The tool aims towards the cisgender members of Greek life on Georgia Tech's campus....

Design Method and Application on Voice-Centered Seamless Multimodal Experience in Future Automotive Human-Machine Interface
Design Method and Application on Voice-Centered Seamless Multimodal Experience in Future Automotive Human-Machine Interface
Using a user-centered research approach, this project explored possible scenarios for voice interaction inside cars in the next 3-5 years and developed a set of voice interaction design tools.

Design Systems In OIT
Design Systems In OIT
This project is centered around Georgia Tech's IT Service Management Platform. The problem space revolves around inconsistencies in knowledge articles. My solution was a design system tailored for an audience with low technical expertise.

Conversational AI tool for Mental Health in First Responders
Designing a Conversational AI tool for Mental Health in First Responders
Problem Statement: First Responders struggle more with mental health than the average group due to compound stress. The Process: Initial Research, Ride-alongs, Affinity Mapping, Mock-ups, Codesign, Storyboards, prototypes, user validation and...

Developing a K-2 Remote Art Education Platform
Developing a K-2 Remote Art Education Platform
This study will be focused on studying and developing teaching and technological supports to facilitate remote art instruction and art museum exhibits in K-2 education.

Digital Technologies to Support COVID-19 Response on Campus: A Case Study in the Use of WiFi
Digital Technologies to Support COVID-19 Response on Campus: A Case Study in the Use of WiFi
The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly caused a lot of disruption in how universities operate. Proactive campuses use a combination of testing, tracing, and encouraging safe practices to contain infectious spread while still maintaining some semblance...

Empowering communities through a centralized knowledge repository
Empowering communities through a centralized knowledge repository
Working with Welcoming Atlanta, part of The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to develop and a responsive iPad application that streamlines organizational knowledge.

Facilitating Self-Expression and Social Engagement in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Facilitating Self-Expression and Social Engagement in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment
PostArt is a simple, easy-to-use tool for older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment to create digital postcards for family and friends. In addition to creating, they can share and view postcards created by other members. The goal of PostArt is to...

Gmail Inbox Assistant
Gmail Inbox Assistant
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the design of a system to help people manage email overload. The system visualizes data of addresses sending emails to the user’s Gmail account, and allows the user to block or filter messages from listed...

Helping Astronauts Explore Mars Autonomously
Helping Astronauts Explore Mars Autonomously
Future surface EVAs on Mars will be exploratory in nature and require flexible geospatial tools to support dynamic operations. These EVAs will have limited support from ground control and will need to be executed autonomously. This new dynamic will...

In Tune: A tool to improve 1:1, online piano lessons
In Tune: A tool to improve 1:1, online piano lessons
For my master's project, I designed In Tune - a tool to improve 1-1, online piano lessons for beginner to intermediate students and their teachers. My design enhances the connection and collaboration between a teacher and a student and helps them...

Mapping the Landscape of COVID-19 Crisis Visualizations
Mapping the Landscape of COVID-19 Crisis Visualizations
In response to COVID-19, a vast number of visualizations have been created to communicate information to the public. Information exposure in a public health crisis can impact people's attitudes towards and responses to the crisis and risks, and...

Mi Casa Mis Derechos
Mi Casa Mis Derechos: A mobile narrative site for tenant education
Tenants facing eviction often approach Welcoming Atlanta (WA) when it is too late: they reach out when the eviction is already ongoing, they have already relocated, or rent interest is already accruing to large sums. Aside from emergency action,...

Project Aether: A tool to support communication between brain tumor patients and healthcare providers
Project Aether: A tool to support communication between brain tumor patients and healthcare providers
Project Aether focuses on bridging the knowledge gap brain tumor and peak anxiety brain tumor patients experience after their initial diagnosis. As a tablet application, it comprises a patient workspace for consolidating information relating to...

Reflecting on Ethics Through Interactive Gameplay
Reflecting on Ethics Through Interactive Gameplay
An interactive fiction game, looking at the labor dynamics in a clothes factory, one of the first factories to be set up in the U.S.

Smart Webcam Cover: Exploring the Design of an Intelligent Webcam Cover to Improve Usability and Trust
Smart Webcam Cover: Exploring the Design of an Intelligent Webcam Cover to Improve Usability and Trust
Laptop webcams can be covertly activated by malware and law enforcement agencies. Consequently, 59% percent of Americans manually cover their webcams to avoid being surveilled. However, manual covers are prone to human error–through a survey with...

Social Sensing to Support PTSD Therapy
Social Sensing to Support PTSD Therapy
The Social Sensing study is studying the inclusion of social support in therapy for Veterans with PTSD as a part of the larger Prolonged Exposure Collective Sensing System study led by Dr. Rosa Arriaga from Georgia Tech's College of Computing and...

Speech on Twitter - Evaluation, Intervention and Solutions
Speech on Twitter - Evaluation, Intervention and Solutions
In this project, I designed and developed a research dashboard for researchers to better understand Speech on Twitter. Through extensive user research, I understand user pain points and identified key values. Based on this, I designed and developed...

Spidey Sense: Designing Wrist-Mounted Haptics to Improve Awareness of Cybersecurity Warnings
Spidey Sense: Designing Wrist-Mounted Haptics to Improve Awareness of Cybersecurity Warnings
We designed and implemented a novel smartwatch wristband, Spidey Sense, that can produce expressive and repeatable squeezing sensations and effectively explore the design space of squeezing patterns.

Tangible and Auditory Periodic Table for Visually Impaired Students
Tangible and Auditory Periodic Table for Visually Impaired Students
This project is focused on designing a tangible and auditory periodic table educational tool for visually impaired and sighted students.

Technological Approaches to Maternal Mental Health Promotion Amidst COVID-19
Technological Approaches to Maternal Mental Health Promotion Amidst COVID-19
As the COVID-19 pandemic causes models of healthcare to rapidly shift and as it introduces widespread economic and social stressors, there is a vital need for innovations that help expecting women and new mothers manage their mental health. We take...

The STEAM Playground: An Educational Home Experience
The STEAM Playground: An Educational Home Experience
The STEAM Playground is an augmented reality fraction learning experience with storytelling and tangible artifacts. With help from the Georgia Department of Education, we pinpointed student issues with learning and comprehending fractions and...

Understanding the Sociotechnical Infrastructure of CBOs During Community Stressors
Understanding the Sociotechnical Infrastructure of CBOs During Community Stressors
COVID-19 and recent racial injustices like the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have highlighted the importance of social ties. Amidst the viral pandemic, many have socially distanced themselves from their...

Visual Analogies
Visual Analogies

Visual analogies on intelligence tests.