curriculum vitae

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Education

    • Ph.D. in Computer Science, 2015
    • Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    • Committee: Bilge Mutlu (Chair), John D. Lee, Jeffrey Naughton, Leila Takayama, Catalina Toma
    • M.S. in Computer Science, 2012
    • Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.F.A., Industrial Design, Dean's List, 2001
    • School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Rochester, New York

Research Interests

My research goal is to enhance everyday lives using computer and robotic technologies. By combining methods from design, computer science, and social sciences, I explore how these technologies can improve the way that people communicate across distances. My research focuses on the way that robotic telepresence systems shape user communications in collaborative settings, contributing to our theoretical understanding of this domain and exploring the practical applications of these systems.

Research Experience

    • Research Assistant, August 2010–Present
    • Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
      • Ongoing research on how robotic telepresence shapes communications between users that are geographically disparate.
    • Research Intern, May 2013–August 2013
    • Microsoft Research
    • Redmond, Washington
      • Completed a series of studies which explored shared telepresence experiences outside of the workplace, resulting in a publication to a major conference in the field.
    • Research Intern, May 2012–August 2012
    • Willow Garage Inc.
    • Menlo Park, California
      • Completed two studies, both investigating the effects of telepresence robots on the interaction between remote and local users. Each study resulted in a publication to a major conference in the field.
      • Conducted a company-wide presentation and workshop on basic design principles and how they may be applied to research.
    • Research Intern, May 2011–August 2011
    • Willow Garage Inc.
    • Menlo Park, California
      • Completed two studies, one on using telepresence robots to improve group dynamics and one on the effects of exposure to multiple robots. Each resulted in a submitted publication to a major conference in the field.

Full Conference Publications

    • Rae, I., Venolia, G., Tang, J.C., & Molnar, D. (To Appear 2015) A Framework for Understanding and Designing Telepresence. In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM annual conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. CSCW 2015. [Acceptance rate: 28.3%]
    • Rae, I., Mutlu, B., & Takayama, L. Bodies in Motion: Mobility, Presence, and Task Awareness in Telepresence. In Proceedings of the 2014 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2014, 2153-2162. [Acceptance rate: 22.8%]
    • Rae, I., Takayama, L., and Mutlu, B. In-body Experiences: Embodiment, Control, and Trust in Robot-Mediated Communication. In Proceedings of the 2013 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2013, 1921-1930. [Acceptance rate: 20%]
    • Rae, I., Takayama, L., and Mutlu, B. The Inflence of Height in Robot-Mediated Communication. In 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interactions. HRI 2013, 1-8. [Acceptance rate: 24%]
    • Rae, I., Takayama, L., and Mutlu, B. One of the gang: Supporting in-group behavior for embodied mediated communication. In Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2012. ACM Press (2012), 3091-3100. [Acceptance rate: 23%]

Workshops, Consortiums, and Posters

    • Rae, I. How Robotic Telepresence Systems Shape Communication. In Human Computer Interaction Consortium. HCIC 2014.
    • Rae, I., Takayama, L., Mutlu, B., & McCune, S. The Effects of Dog Ownership on Social Cognition Skills. In International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations, 13th Triennial Conference. IAHAIO 2013.
    • Rae, I.. Using Robot-Mediated Communication to Improve Collaborative Outcomes. In Doctoral Consortium Extended Abstracts of the 2013 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI 2013. [Acceptance rate: 21%]
    • Rae, I.. How Gaze Cues Might Signal Availability For Interaction. In Human Robot Interaction Pioneers Workshop.. HRI Pioneers 2010. [Acceptance rate: 29%]

Invited Talks

    • Workshop Presenter, October 2013
    • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
    • Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Title: Design Principles 101
    • Invited Talk, July 2013
    • University of Washington DUB Seminar
    • Seattle, Washington
    • Title: Using Robot-Mediated Communication to Improve Collaborative Outcomes
    • Seminar Presenter, February 2013
    • University of Wisconsin Database Seminar
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    • Title: The Influence of Height in Robot-Mediated Communication
    • Seminar Presenter, September 2012
    • University of Wisconsin Database Seminar
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    • Title: Design 101
    • Seminar Presenter, April 2012
    • University of Wisconsin Database Seminar
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    • Title: One of the Gang: Supporting In-group Behavior for Embodied Mediated Communication
    • Poster Presenter, April 2011
    • CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop
    • Boston, Massachusetts
    • Title: Designing Public Behavior for Robots: How gaze cues might signal availability for interaction
    • Conference Presenter, October 2006
    • Higher Education Web Developers
    • Rochester, New York
    • Title: Versatility and Usability: Getting Back to the Basics

Teaching Experience

    • Instructor for Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction, Spring 2014
    • Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
      • Taught a class of 60 at an advanced undergraduate level on the methodologies and practices used in human-computer interaction and in user interface design. Responsible for creating lecture material, assignments, projects, exams, and supervision of a TA grader.
    • Guest Lecture for Seminar in Computer-Mediated Communication, Fall 2014
    • Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    • Guest Lecture for Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction, Spring 2011, 2012
    • Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    • Guest Lecture for Information Visualization, Spring 2012
    • Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
    • Guest Lecture for Human-Computer Interaction, Fall 2011
    • Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin

Undergraduate Mentoring

    • Research and Graduate Mentor, 2010-Present
    • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
      • Brandi Hefty, 2014
      • Nathalie Cheng (ACM-W), 2011
    • Lab Manager, 2012-Present
    • University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
      • Brandi Hefty, 2012-Present
      • Jieni Peng, 2014-Present
      • Ethan Jesse, 2014-Present
      • Christopher Ward, 2014-Present
      • Ross Luo, 2013-2014
      • Jilana Boston, 2012-2014

Industry Experience

    • Webmaster, February 2006–August 2010
    • IceCube Research Center, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
      • Managed and coordinated all web resources and application development for an international collaboration of 38 institutions.
      • Pioneered the brand identity of the project and designed 80% of materials for purposes such as education and outreach.
      • Completely restructured the information architecture of the project's web resources, both internal and external, which improved efficiency and increased the project's web presence and traffic.
      • Championed accessibility and usability on the external website, winning recognition from the university Accessibility and Usability Committee.

Honors & Awards

    • Human Computer Interaction Consortium (HCIC) Student Invitee, June 2014
    • Human Computer Interaction Consortium
    • Watsonville, California
    • LinkedIn Travel Scholarship, October 2013
    • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
    • Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Heidelberg Laureate Forum Travel Scholarship, September 2013
    • Heidelberg Laureate Forum
    • Heidelberg, Germany
    • MARS Travel Scholarship, July 2013
    • International Association of Human-Animal Organizations, 13th Triennial Conference
    • Chicago, Illinois
    • NSF Travel Scholarship, October 2012
    • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
    • Baltimore, Maryland
    • Travel Scholarship, April 2011
    • 8th CRA-W Graduate Cohort Workshop
    • Boston, Massachusetts
    • Travel Scholarship, March 2011
    • Human-Robot Interaction Young Pioneers Workshop
    • Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Dean's List
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Rochester, New York

Service Work

    • Conference Paper Referee
    • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2012, 2014, 2015
    • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
    • ACM International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI), 2015
    • ACM/IEEE International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 2015
    • ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI), 2012
    • Social Chair, 2010–Present
    • ACM-W, Women in Computer Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
      • Spearheaded initiatives to introduce outreach events to undergraduates in Computer Science, providing them with networking opportunities and encouraging interest in post-graduate education.
    • Student Volunteer, 2013
    • 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
    • Boston, Massachusetts
      • Aided in attendee registration, setup, teardown, and managing microphones during talks.
    • National Center for Women & Information Technology Aspirations Award Reviewer, 2012
    • National Center for Women & Information Technology
    • Madison, Wisconsin
      • Reviewed 18 award applications for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.
    • Welcome Weekend Coordinator, 2012
    • Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    • Madison, Wisconsin
      • Managed the Computer Sciences Department Welcome Weekend, a two day event for accepted graduate students, coordinating lodging and travel arrangements, faculty presentations, one-on-one meetings, tours, workshops, and talks.
    • Web Chair, 2012
    • 7th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
    • Boston, Massachusetts
      • Performed administrative duties and coordinated content for the conference website.
      • Provided design and web support for the centralization of past and future HRI conference websites.
    • Student Web & Design Volunteer, 2011
    • 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
    • Lausanne, Switzerland
      • Designed the 65 page HRI 2011 conference program.
      • Modified the layout of the HRI Journal website to fit with given design specifications.
    • Head Coordinator, Volunteer, 2010-2012
    • Cookie Brigade Volunteer Organization
    • Seattle, Washington & Boston, Massachusetts
      • Organized thirty volunteers to raise more than $37,000 for Child's Play, an international charity for children's hospitals.