"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning."

- Maya Angelou

I am a PhD candidate in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, and an active member of CCRMA's Music Engagement Research Initiative (MERI) lab led by Prof. Jonathan Berger. I am fascinated by the human voice as a means of expressive communication, and by the impact of one's experiences and environments on their voice. I seek to understand how current technologies leverage and position the voice to augment expressive, humanistic, and equitable technological interaction. I find this topic especially exciting because it is highly interdisciplinary, utilizing signal processing (DSP), machine learning (ML) and human-computer-interaction (HCI) techniques in combination with psychoacoustics and vocal science.

In 2020, I worked with the Audio Team at Facebook Reality Labs Research to improve authentic vocal presence within virtual reality. Before coming to CCRMA, I conducted research on voice and audio signal processing at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. I studied vocal impairment in children following traumatic brain injury under Dr. Thomas Quatieri and in-the-wild auditory scene analysis under Dr. Michael Brandstein. I hold a degree with honors in Electrical & Computer Engineering (BSEE-cum laude) and pursued a Vocal Performance Music degree (BA) at the University of Colorado-Boulder. At CU Boulder, I was a research assistant within the Signal Processing and Communications group and was advised by Dr. Francois Meyer and Dr. Peter Mathys.


A proud Colorado native, I am an avid outdoor enthusiast. I spend most of my free-time exploring nature's beauty through rock climbing, skiing, backpacking, and making music with friends around a campfire.

Education


September 2018 - December 2023

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University

Ph.D Candidate




August 2013 - May 2017

University of Colorado, Boulder

B.S Electrical & Computer Engineering, B.A Vocal Performance




Summer 2015

The Institute for American Universities, Aix En Provence, France

Post-Revolution Art and Opera Studies

Work experience


June 2020 - June 2021

Facebook Reality Labs Research

Research Intern / Student Researcher


June 2017 - August 2019

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Research Intern / Technical Assistant


September 2016 - May 2017

Signal Processing Group, University of Colorado

Research Assistant


Summer 2016

Tait Towers

Software Development Intern

Mentors and Collaborators (Thank you!)

Pr. Jonathan Berger, DMA (CCRMA, Stanford)

Peter Dodds (Facebook Reality Labs Research)

Dr. Dejan Markovic (Facebook Reality Labs Research)

Pr. Ge Wang, PhD (CCRMA, Stanford)

Dr. Anne Hege, PhD (CCRMA, Stanford)

Dr. Rachel Bittner (Spotify)

Prateek Verma (CCRMA, Stanford)

Elena Georgieva (MARL, NYU)

Dr. Blair Kaneshiro (CCRMA, Stanford)

Vidya Rangasayee (CCRMA, Stanford)

Sarah Ciresi (Stanford)

Pr. Adam Lammert, PhD (MIT Lincoln Lab, Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Pr. Thomas Quatieri (MIT Lincoln Lab, Harvard)

Dr. Michael Brandstein (MIT Lincoln Lab)

Dr. B. Jonas Borgstrom (MIT Lincoln Lab)

Ryan Groves (Arcana.ai)

Dr. Robert Morrison (MIT Lincoln Lab)

Dr. Mohamed Abouzahra (MIT Lincoln Lab)

Pr. Francois Meyer, PhD (CU-Boulder)

Pr. Peter Mathys, PhD (CU-Boulder)

Dr. Kris Shaffer (CU-Boulder)

Jim Love (Tait Towers)