April 2020

Awarded 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF-GRFP is a prestigious grant awarded to approximately < 10% of student applicants pursuing research-based graduate degrees.

$46,000 x 3 yrs · Discovering the neural mechanisms of dyadic social interaction using human-robot interaction

Yale SRL article Yale CS article NSF-GRFP Awardee List NSF-GRFP Award Info
Awarded 2020 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

The Ford Fellowship is a competitive grant awarded to < 5% of Ph.D. or Sc.D. students applicants by the National Academics of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

$27,000 x 3 yrs · Discovering the neural mechanisms of dyadic social interaction using human-robot interaction

FFPF Award Info
Awarded 2020 ACM Computing Research Association Conference Grant

CRA-WP annual conference aims to engage and increase the participation of individuals from additional underrepresented groups in the graduate computing research community.

New Orleans, Lousiana, USA · April 14 - 20, 2020 (postponed)

CRA-WP website


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The Relationship Between Handwriting & Reading in Autism

A relationship between reading and handwriting skills was investigated. Bivariate statistical tests suggest that children with ASD express significantly weaker correlations between reading and handwriting than do neurotypicals, children who are not on the autism spectrum. Tailoring the literacy-learning classroom for literacy abilities peculiar to autism, allow for a new wave of differentiation in ICT classrooms.

An Adaptive & Integrative KBES for the Screening of Learning Disabilities

IEEE Region 1 Best Paper Award; A knowledge-based diagnosis system to assess/affirm the need for a formal diagnosis and treatment for autism. The system spans most intellectual disabilities and the symptoms thereof related to ASD to suggest individualized medical and educational support for the patient. Future objectives are focused on the system's evaluation by domain experts and potential users in terms of validity, reliability, benefits, limitations, and risks.

Audio-Visual Simulation for Children with Hearing & Learning Difficulties

A template of responsive music simulations for children with hearing impairments or on the autism/ADHD spectrum.

Applied Mathematics

Improving the K-means Algorithm using Voronoi Diagrams

This research reviews current literature on Voronoi diagrams and investigates its potential application in clustering uncertain data. The proposed methods are experimentally applied to various artificial as well as real datasets of various dimensions;

New Conceptual Design of the Adaptive Compliant Aircraft Wing Frame

Reviewer & Editor, in the Elsevier Jounral of Engineering Science and Technology , with A. V. Ivchenko, N. Sharonov, R. Ziatdinov, pending publication 2019

Generalization of Log-Aesthetics Curves via Similarity Geometry

Reviewer & Editor, in the Springer Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, vol. 36, pp. 239-259, Jan 2019, with J. Inoguchi, K. Miura, R. Ziatdinov


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  • August 2019 - current

    Yale University

    Ph.D. in Computer Science · Yale Social Robotics Lab · Advisor: Brian Scassellati
    Current project: Cognitive Appraisal Interventions for Buffering the Emotional Effects of Isolation · Advisors: Marynel Vazquez and Brian Scassellati

    •   Cognitive Modeling
    •   Human-Robot Interaction
  • August 2019 - May 2020

    Yale University

    M.Sc. in Computer Science en-route · Yale Social Robotics Lab
    Project: Discovering the Neural Mechanisms of Dyadic Social Communication using Human-Robot Interaction · Advisor: Brian Scassellati

    •   Theoretical Machine Learning
    •   Algorithmic & Heuristic Composition
    •   Intelligent Robotics