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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 multi-agent non-verbal social signal processing for human-robot interactions in public spaces

- Built robot photographer as a platform for public robot deployments used by 4 current Ph.D. students

- Studied methods for predicting human interaction intent from visual features in public settings

- Led research project on using graph-based method for improving social group detection models

- Collaborated on a method for social group detection. Adapted model for live group detection between human and robotic agents

- Mentored 10 undergraduate students and 2 graduate students on projects ranging from robot greeting behavior selection strategies for public robots to using relational models to predict social groups

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


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