2504B Newell Simon Hall
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213





Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Protolab, mentored by Steven Dow, based in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. I was trained in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, under Christian Schunn.

The mission of my research is to fortify and apply the cognitive science of innovation. My overall strategy is to do basic cognitive research and develop new tools and platforms for innovation. I believe fundamental basic research can inform and test ideas for new tools and platforms, which can in turn yield new questions and insights for basic research.

At the moment, I'm most interested in understanding how individuals, collaborators, and crowds generate good ideas, and how they can be best supported.

My basic cognitive research primarily consists of detailed observations of idea generation as it unfolds in the real world (e.g., expert design teams, multidisciplinary science teams, individual designers-in-training, and contributors to online innovation communities). I use a combination of text mining, protocol and sequential analyses, and statistical modeling to make sense of this rich data. I also design and run experiments to test more fine-grained questions.

On the development end, I'm helping to develop a social ideation system for guided crowd brainstorming, and building tools for mining the Web for design inspiration.

If you're interested in collaborating or finding out more, please drop me a line!


Summer 2014

Spring 2014