I am an assistant professor in the PLAIT research lab at Northeastern University, jointly appointed between the College of Computer and Information Science and the College of Arts, Media, and Design. I received my PhD in Computer Science from UC Santa Cruz, where I studied with Jim Whitehead and Michael Mateas in the Center for Games and Playable Media. My dissertation is titled Expressive Design Tools: Procedural Content Generation for Game Designers.
My research focuses on building procedural content generators that can be controlled by human designers, and thus enable new design experiences. A summary of my research projects is on my projects page. I am also interested in games for education, and issues surrounding women in technology and games. My full CV is available here.
I am a co-founder and Technical Director of Play Crafts, a company devoted to building tools to help the crafting community design, create, and share their ideas. In my copious free time I am an avid crafter–I love quilting and embroidery, and am getting started with watercolor painting and zentangling.