Research Projects

My research works on the intersection of Social Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction. I apply novel methods and techniques to understand dyadic and group process, to examine cultural patterns, and to integrate theories of functions of emotion to social agents.


Nonverbal Synchrony as an Adaptation to Social Environments

Thinking about traveling to a foreign country, or talking to a person from another place, what would you do to express yourself clearly? How do people use nonverbal coordination to adapt socially in which language may not be able to serve its optimal function? To study this question, I created in lab a set of tasks that elicit emotions, and facilitate cooperation. Using automated facial and bodily analysis, we also implemented novel methods to measure nonverbal synchrony.

** I will be presenting my work at the SPSP 2019 in Portland, OR

Heterogeneity of Long-history Migration in Emotion Expressivity

Let’s conduct a little thought experiment here: Imagine you, as well as people from many other countries, are settlers who just landed on a new continent. People are social creatures. How would people cooperate to start a new community?

Recent work on cultures of facial expressions suggest that people from historically heterogenous countries exhibit greater, and more recognizable facial expressivity than people from historically homogeneous countries. We propose that these cultural norms originate from ecological pressure to cooperate and establish rapport with people with little common ground (in the form of shared cultural norms) and little shared language.



Social Agents & Human-Robot Collaboration

My current research involves how to apply theories of dyadic interaction and emotion on human-robot interaction. I’m interested in developing and synthesis computational models that develop from dyadic interaction to social agents.

As much as I would love to share more in detail, this part remains top secret.

Stay tuned!