Talks & Events

I try to speak across disciplines and to non-academic communities as often as possible. Science myths, especially in topics as hot as robotics and AI, ought to be dispelled as approachably and easily as possible. I try to bring my research to life at comedy festivals, nerd gatherings, theatric productions, and, occasionally, Very Serious Scientific Venues.

FameLab Scotland Finalist

FameLab Scottish first runner-up discussing what Smart technology really means and why calling it “smart” is perhaps a bit of a misnomer. View presentation here.

Women in Technology Conference

Imposter Syndrome

There’s earnest self-improvement and criticism, and then there’s crippling self-doubt. Learn techniques to differentiate between subtlties of the two, and identify self-sabotaging behaviors you can mitigate to reach your highest potential.


Social Robotics Workshop

What is a social robot? What applications are social robots uniquely suited for, and how can we design interactions that are useful, and socially fulfilling?

Lesbians Who Tech

"Alexa, Read the Room."

Emotions govern so much of human behavior – why are voice agents taking so long to catch up? What does the future of an emotional voice interface look like, and how will the ability to perceive and express emotions influence the development of voice interfaces in the future?

Boston ML Meetup

Human-Computer Interfaces

It’s 2016, and humans don’t give instructions through terminals anymore. The future of interfaces is social. Natural language understanding, conversational dialogs, and subtle social cues are the new instruction set – what challenges exist in the vast field of HCI, and how can current machine learning techniques address them?