I'm a Computer Sceince graduate student currently at the University of Alberta. I spend most of my time working on Reinforcement Learning and artificial Intelligence. Specifically, I look at how machine learning can improve the control of bionic limbs, adapting to their users as they go about their day-to-day lives.
When I'm not in the lab, you can find me hanging out with the indieweb community, at Homebrew Website Clubs, drinking tea, and walking my dachshund.
Summer 2014 - present
Over the years, I've designed and implemented control systems for bionic limbs---control systems for use on both amputees and able-bodied subjects. I've extended systems and built a flexible framework which allows people of varying programming levels implement machine learning experiments in real-time.
I designed and ran novel experiments that allow bionic limbs adapt to their users in real-time as through interacting with their environment. Previously, I've focused on using contextual learning: allowing the arm to adapt to new situations while maintaining knowledge of previous tasks.
ILWHACK is hackathon which spans the whole of innovative learning week at the University of Edinburgh. As student coordinator I organized catering, venues, and sponsorship.
The high-school internship programme is a six week placement in a research lab at the University of Alberta. For both of my internships I worked in the Reinforcement Learning and Artificial intelligence lab. I designed and ran novel experiments on a robotics platform with little prior experience.
Awarded by the ethics and dviersity committe of the informatics department, this award was for achieving the highest academic average amongst female students.
A conference for undergraduate students interested in research. I presented prior work on
applying machine learning to the control of robots. Won the award despite being my first year
of undergraduate studies.
My university wrote about it here and one of the organizers, Hannah Dee, wrote about it here.
A competiton for students taking the introductory object oriented programming course at the University of Edinburgh. Awarded for work on my 'Project Omaha' application.
Awards for performance on Advanced Placement exams. These are university-level exams for high-school students interested in higher education.
I'm a student at the University of Alberta in the RLAI and BLINC labs. I focus on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Specifically, I focus on how we can make prosthetic limbs adapt to their users on-line: as they're using them in their day-to day lives.
During my degree program I've focused on Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. For my honors project I looked at how we can adjust machine-learning parameters online and in real-time.
During high-school I did white-water kayaking, rock-climbing, pottery, Model United Nations, and an assortment of other things. I was captain of the Model United Nations team and a prefect during my final year.
Hoppers is the University of Edinburgh's women's computing club. We're a community that provides support for women in computing by providing technical workshops and talks throughout the year. I've been a part of the committee since 2013 and president since 2014. If you're interested in participating, either as a member or by giving talks, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is available on our site.
The indeweb is a community of people building their own websites. The indieweb values:
The most calm society at the University of Edinburgh. Every Thursday we enjoy tea, biscuits, and good company chaplaincy. During the 2013/2014 academic year I was the tea historian, and I am the vice president for the 2015/2016 academic year. You can find out more about the society on our web page.
I like to spend time 90ft under. Give me a nitrox tank and I'm happy. Recent spottings include a puffer fish, some reef shark, and an elusive stone-fish---one of the most poisonous creatures in the world!
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada