Facial expression mapping and instructional techology.
Digital rendering, wearable technology and user experience.
Programming, computer graphics and front-end web.
Interactive media, photography and video.
When I was growing up, I had a romantic notion that my family were a lone band of American Gypsies: we were always on the move. The innocent conversational opener “So where are you from?” became a philosophical conundrum. Everywhere? Nowhere?
Those days of geographic restlessness have passed. Once I believed I had to choose between the joy of a creative life and the intellectual rewards endowed by the practice of engineering. Happily, I was wrong! In 2011 I returned to college and New York City to find a synergy between the two.
There is a benefit to living life as though it is a perpetual frontier. The mental habit of greeting novelty with anticipation remains with me. The challenge of exploring with a scrupulously critical but open mind, when well met, can be a catalyst for innovation rather than a barrier to it. This website is about the ways in which I try to rise to that challenge. For more detail on my professional and academic background please check out my resume.
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There is an article in IEEE Computer Society with short writeups on the winners of the IEEE/IBM Watson 2015 Student Challenge. Here’s to miface for being the only app that got a graphic included!
The MiFace citizen science concept website, built using IBM’s Bluemix cloud hosting and the Watson Tone Analyzer service, won a top 5 award in the IEEE/IBM Watson cognitive computing challenge for students. Thanks go to the work of Hansi Mou on the database, and Stephanie Michalowicz for collaborating on data analysis.
Examples of work done for a graduate computer graphics class taught by NYU professor Ken Perlin. Click through to see the live versions running.
These are some of my favorite shots, taken largely with a Canon EOS 7D.
The work I did as an undergraduate with Dr. Harriet Oster — a former Ph.D. student advised by Paul Ekman — and at VicarVision during the summer of 2013 has evolved into MiFace, a tool for generating recognizable facial expressions using a 3D model. Still in the research stage, my cohort Stephanie Michalowicz and I are hoping to use[…]
I have a philosophy I’ve been calling Open Human. One of the concepts I feel most strongly about is integrating crowdsourced bases for tracking disease, treatment outcomes, and quality of care into mainstream medicine. 11/25/2015 : I’m not keeping up, it seems. Open Humans is on it! https://www.openhumans.org/.