Alumna Natasha Jaques begins PhD at MIT Media Lab (Expired)

Natasha Jaques (BSC’12 (Hons.),  BA’12) began her PhD at the MIT Media Lab in the Fall of 2014, under the supervision of Rosalind Picard.  She will be working on a project that uses Google Glass to detect emotional and conversational signals that occur during normal conversation using machine learning on camera images of facial expressions. The idea is that people who struggle to pick up on those cues normally (for example people on the Autism spectrum) could benefit from a tool that made those signals explicit. Jaques  convocated from the University of Regina in Spring 2012 with degrees in Computer Science (Hons.) and Psychology. She taught CS110 as a sessional lecturer in Summer 2012 before starting her M.Sc. program at UBC with Cristina Conati. Her project applied machine learning to students' electrodermal activity and eye tracking data to detect moments when they became bored while using an Intelligent Tutoring System. She then interned at Microsoft during the Summer of 2014 and worked on their cloud computing platform, Windows Azure.


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