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I’m a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My primary research interest lies in Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, and HCI.
I'm interested in exploring new ways of interaction in immersive mixed reality such as expanding our ability to easily navigate in the augmented environment using instinctive gestures. I dream of a computational world that can capture the delicacy of human communication, advocating remote socializing and virtual meetings. I love to infuse joy and play into the game world I make, where community and life can form and transform.
I did my MFA in Computational Media at Duke University where I worked with Shane Denson and Bill Seaman while teaching undergraduate core computer science classes. Before Duke, I worked as a Civil Affairs Specialist at the Department of the Army Inspector General’s Office and prior to that, I received a BFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
“There are as many applications for VR as you can think of, it’s restricted by your imagination.”
- John Goddard, HTC Vive
Elings Hall 2005 (Four Eyes Lab)
California NanoSystems Institute
Places Where I Lived
I grew up in Japan, attending Japanese public schools. I attended middle school in Boston, Massachusetts, and later graduated from high school in South Korea. Having grown up in multiple countries and moving eleven times, I have learned how to adapt to new languages and cultures, which subsequently, strengthened my ability to adapt to new platforms and environments.
I found immense joy from exploring and experimenting ways to connect with people. These unique experiences made me greatly appreciate and be interested in human interaction and discussion within the context. I am here to answer any questions you may have about my work. You are more than welcome to connect with me through links listed below. I will make sure to respond to your questions!
I enjoy researching in my office space in Four Eyes Lab, overlooking beautiful Santa Barbara coastline.
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