Erin T. Solovey, Ph. D.

 
 

Erin Solovey directs the Advanced Interaction Research (AIR) Lab. She is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University. She is also affiliated with the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems at Drexel. In August 2018, she will be joining the Department of Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Insitute.

Dr. Solovey's main research area is human-computer interaction, specifically emerging interaction modes and techniques, such as brain-computer interfaces, physiological & wearable computing, affective computing and reality-based interaction. Her work uses machine learning approaches to build adaptive user interfaces that support the user’s changing cognitive state and context. Her work has applications in areas such as health, driving, aviation, privacy, STEM education, gaming, accessibility, complex decision making, as well as human interaction with autonomous systems and vehicles. Solovey is committed to improving STEM education and broadening participation in computing.


Dr. Solovey has received several awards including the NSF/CRA Computing Innovation Fellowship and three CHI Best Paper Award Honorable Mentions, and her work has been covered in MIT Technology Review, Slashdot, Engadget and others. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Humans and Automation Lab (HAL) at MIT, working with Missy Cummings. She received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Tufts University, working in the Human-Computer Interaction Research Group with Robert Jacob. She also has conducted research at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and in the Computational User Experiences group at Microsoft Research with Desney Tan and Dan Morris. Previously, she was a software engineer at Oracle, and also has experience at several startups.

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Research opportunities at Drexel: I am currently recruiting motivated Ph.D., Masters and undergraduate students interested in Human-Computer Interaction research. Contact me if interested. Read more...




NEWS & UPDATES

May, 2018: Two abstracts accepted to Neuroergonomics Conference: "Towards Neuroadaptive Personal Learning Environments: Using fNIRS to Detect Changes in Attentional State" with Leah Friedman, Erin Walker, Ruixue Liu and Aria Kim and "Assessing human reaction to a virtual agent’s facial feedback in a simple Q&A setting" with Reza Moradinezhad
April, 2018: I'm co-organizing a workshop at ICMI on Modeling Cognitive Processes from Multimodal Data with Felix Putze, Jutta Hild, Enkelejda Kasneci, Akane Sano, and Tanja Schultz. Deadline: July 30.
April, 2018: Our paper Reflecting on the Impact of HCI Frameworks with Audrey Girouard, Robert Jacob, Orit Shaer and Michael Poor will be presented at the CHI 2018 workshop on Rethinking Interaction.
April, 2018: Spring term begins. I'm teaching CS530 Developing User Interfaces (graduate course)
September, 2017: End of Summer Quarter. Check out some of the projects on the CS 530 (Developing User Interface) course blog
August, 2017: NSF-funded REThink Research Symposium showcases research conducted over the summer by Philadelphia area high school and community college teachers. Read article.
July, 2017: Two papers presented at the Neuroadaptive Technology Conference in Berlin: "User Identification from fNIRS Brain Data Using Deep Learning" with Denisa Qori McDonald and "Toward Neuroadaptive Personal Learning Environments" with Ruixue Liu and Erin Walker.
July, 2017: Paper with Pallavi Powale and Missy Cummings A field study of multimodal alerts for an autonomous threat detection system" presented at HCI International 2017.
June, 2017: Paper "Semantically far inspirations considered harmful? Accounting for cognitive states in collaborative ideation" with Joel Chan, Pao Siangliulue, Denisa Qori McDonald, Ruixue Liu, Reza Moradinezhad, Safa Aman, Krzysztof Gajos and Stephen Dow presented at Creativity & Cognition 2017 in Singapore [Slides]
June, 2017: Invited talk on "Enhancing Human Collaboration with Artificial Intelligence Systems Through Brain-Computer Interfaces" at the 2017 Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics workshop on Human-Robot Interactions Applied to Health
June, 2017: Kickoff of the NSF-funded Research Experience for Teachers Site for Machine Learning to Enhance Human-Centered Computing. Check out Pat's and Gloria's websites about their projects in the Advanced Interaction Research Lab over the summer.
June, 2017: Welcome to visiting DREU undergraduate research assistants, Aria (Williams College) and Caitlin (Rowan Univeristy)
May, 2017: CHI 2017 Conference in Denver, CO.
April, 2017: Welcome to new undergraduate co-op research assistants: Anush, Jeremy, Juan and Weidi!
April, 2017: Two papers from our group have been accepted to the 1st Neuroadaptive Technology (NAT) conference: "User Identification from fNIRS Brain Data Using Deep Learning" with Denisa Qori McDonald and "Toward Neuroadaptive Personal Learning Environments" with Ruixue Liu and Erin Walker.
March, 2017: Our paper, "Mindful Shopping: A Compulsive Buying Disorder Management Tool." with Ruixue Liu and Gabriela Marcu accepted to ACM CHI 17 Workshop on Interactive Systems for Health.
March, 2017: Our paper, AgileFood: Facilitating Adaptive Food Donation to Address Hunger and Reduce Waste" with Denisa Qori McDonald accepted to ACM CHI 17 Workshop on Designing Sustainable Food Systems.
March, 2017: Our paper Semantically far inspirations considered harmful? Accounting for cognitive states in collaborative ideation" was accepted to ACM Creativity & Cognition 2017 conference (with Joel Chan, Pao Siangliulue, Denisa Qori McDonald, Reza Moradinezhad, Safa Aman, Krzysztof Gajos and Steven Dow).
March, 2017: Our paper, Integrating Brain and Physiological Sensing with Virtual Agents to Amplify Human Perception, with Reza Moradinezhad accepted to ACM CHI 17 Workshop on Amplification and Augmentation of Human Perception
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