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Biography

Everlyne Kimani is a PhD student in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science, advised by Professor Timothy Bickmore. Before coming to Northeastern, Everlyne earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Benedict College.

Everlyne is a member of the Relational Agents Group. Her research interests involve developing and evaluating technologies that support health and education. Her current research focuses on using embodied conversational agents to improve communication and support health behavior change interventions.

Education

  • BS in Computer Science, Benedict College

About Me

  • Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Field of Study: Computer Science
  • PhD Advisor: Timothy Bickmore

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I joined the PhD in computer science program in September 2015. This being my first year, I concentrate on my course work as well as identifying a project that meets my research interest. Last semester I took courses in Advanced Algorithms and Human Computer Interaction. This semester I am taking Theory of Computation and Empirical Research Methods. I am also working on an Atrial Fibrillation Health Literacy Information Technology Trial (AF-LITT) project with my advisor and collaborators at Boston University Medical Center. This project is a smartphone-based intervention which aims to improve quality of life, adherence, and health care utilization in AF.

What are your research interests?

I am interested in Human Computer Interaction research and especially, in the  application of multimodal interaction frameworks and machine learning techniques to improve the usability and user experience of interactive systems. Currently I am interested developing communication systems that detect and respond to users’ public speaking anxiety in real-time with the goal of assisting people in delivering quality oral presentations. I am also interested in supporting patients in understanding their health conditions and their health needs by developing health behavior interventions that employ virtual health counselors.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I would love for my research to improve people’s oral communication and health behavior.

What do you find most interesting?

The most interesting aspect of my research is the positive impact that the systems I develop have on participants’ well being. Another engaging  aspect of my research is  collaborating with experts in different domains, such as psychologists and other medical experts.

What are your research/career goals, going forward?

After completing my PhD program, I intend to join a research institution that focuses on human centered computing research.