Hello! I'm Danielle

Doctoral Student
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Research Assistant
MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory
MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality
Founder at Gique

I design and build interactive narrative systems for education and social impact. My research seeks to improve approaches to virtual identity representation in computational media.

My personal hobbies and interests include running, hiking, video games, live music, cooking, and hanging out with my pets.

My Research Interests

I conduct research spanning multiple disciplines, including computer science, social science, cultural theory, and narratology.

Human-Computer Interaction

I study how gestures and body language can be used to create intuitive, expressive game mechanics in immersive storytelling experiences.

Interactive Narrative

I develop interactive virtual reality (VR) narratives which address social issues such as discrimination based upon race and ethnicity, class, and gender.

Immersive Learning

I design creative learning experiences which use educational technologies and apply anti-deficit achievement frameworks to support project-based learning.

Work Experience

  • MIT STEAM Camp at Chinese International School

    Summer 2018

    Worked as a Learning Facilitator teaching computer science to middle school youth in Hong Kong using Scratch, microcontrollers, and LEGO robotics.

  • Mediate

    July 2017 to April 2018

    Worked as a VR Research Consultant conducting user studies on voice and gaze interaction in immersive 3D environments.

  • Microsoft

    June 2014 to April 2016

    Worked as a Program Manager driving the design and implementation of next-generation software solutions with the Microsoft Intune product team.

  • Gique Corporation

    November 2013 to June 2018

    Founded nonprofit 501(c)(3) to inspire and educate Boston-area youth in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    February 2019 to Present

    Doctoral Student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Research Advisor: Professor D. Fox Harrell

    Minor: Learning Science and Technology

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    September 2016 to February 2019

    Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Thesis: Exploring the Role of Racial and Ethnic Socialization in Virtual Reality (VR) Narratives

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    September 2010 to June 2014

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering

    Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies

Contact Me

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