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Yale University - 2024

Ph.D. Student

Department of Computer Science

Brigham Young University - 2018

B.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics, cum laude


2021 Thompson, S., Gupta, A., Gupta, A. W., Chen, A., & Vázquez, M. (2021, October). Conversational Group Detection with Graph Neural Networks. In Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (pp. 248-252).

2021 Tsoi, N., Connolly, J., Adéníran, E., Hansen, A., Pineda, K. T., Adamson, T., ... & Scassellati, B. (2021, March). Challenges Deploying Robots During a Pandemic: An Effort to Fight Social Isolation Among Children. In Proceedings of the 2021 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 234-242).

2020 Swofford, M., Peruzzi, J., Tsoi, N., Thompson, S., Martín-Martín, R., Savarese, S., & Vázquez, M. (2020). Improving social awareness through dante: Deep affinity network for clustering conversational interactants. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 4(CSCW1), 1-23.


2019 - 2021 Yale Interactive Machines Group

- Researching robot social behavior in groups, social group detection, and social norm violation recognition

- Leading team of undergraduate students developing robotic photographer platform for studying human-robot interaction and robot social behavior

- Mentored 6 undergraduate students on research projects ranging from group detection to modeling mental states to predicting future engagement

2021 Argo A.I.

- Defining relevance scoring for autonomous vehicles using trajectory forecasting models as a proxy for proprietary motion planner

- Developing onboard relevance model for autonomous vehicles to reduce computational resources allocated to irrelevant actors

2018 Brigham Young University Perception, Cognition & Control Lab

- Worked with team of 3 students to explore relationships between structured variational autoencoders, generative adversarial networks, and reinforcement learning

- Used variants of variational autoencoders to create a class-conditional structure enabling task transfer in reinforcement learning


Yale University - Teaching Fellow
2021 Intelligent Robotics
2020 Building Interactive Machines

Brigham Young University - Teaching Fellow
2016 Honors Linear Algebra


2014 Brigham Young Full Tuition Academic Scholarship

2015 Phi Eta Sigma – Brigham Young University Academic Honor Society


2020 Brigham Young University