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Ha Trinh

Senior Research Scientist

Ha Trinh

Contact

Office Location

177 Huntington Ave
910-177
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Ha Trinh, 910 - 177
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Education

  • PhD in Computing, University of Dundee
  • BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing, University of Dundee

Biography

Dr. Ha Trinh is a Senior Research Scientist in the College of Computer and Information Science. She received a PhD in Computing in 2013 and a BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing in 2009, both from University of Dundee (UK).

Dr. Trinh’s primary research interests are in the design and evaluation of technologies to support communication and healthcare. Her PhD work explored the potential of predictive communication aids to support people with severe speech and physical impairments. Her recent research focuses on the use of intelligent virtual agents in a number of domains, from public speaking to health education and health behavior change interventions. At the heart of her research is the application of multimodal interaction paradigms, natural language processing techniques, and user-centered design methodologies to improve the usability and accessibility of interactive systems.

Dr. Trinh’s research has received awards at premier HCI conferences, including an honorable mention award at CHI ’14 and the 2012 SIGACCESS Best Student Paper award.

Field of research/teaching

Human-Computer Interaction, Assistive Technologies, Personal Health Informatics, Intelligent Virtual Agents, Natural Language Processing

What is your educational background?

My background is in computer science. I received a BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing and a PhD in Computing from University of Dundee in 2009 and 2013, respectively.

What is your research focus?

The focus of my research is on technologies to support communication and healthcare for individuals with diverse language, speech, physical and cognitive abilities. In my current projects, I investigate the use of intelligent virtual agents to transform oral presentations for the better, as well as to support health education and health behavior change interventions.