My name is Ceara and I’m a 2nd year PhD student in Computer Science at Georgia Tech. I am a designer and developer who believes in creating things around empathy before everything – be it physical or digital. I try to develop products and technology that put people and their needs first. I have two masters degrees from Georgia Tech. The first is in Industrial Design (ID), where I focused on e-textiles for older adult knee rehabilitation, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), investigating haptics for wearable, remote two-way communication between humans and canines. I’ve designed both physical and digital products for fortune 500 companies and startups alike. These days I’m working on wearables, tangible user interfaces, and affective computing.
My current research for the Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations (FIDO) lab focuses on learning and designing new ways for sensing internal physiological states in order to augment non-verbal communication. When not working, I’m currently training for a half-Ironman, but mostly, I just try to enjoy the little things to the fullest.
Data - Driven Design
My work uses data analytics to provide insight into future design decisions.
My work uses wearables and tangibles to understand underlying physiological responses and emotion through ambient ways.
My work has predominately focused on both wearables and tangibles — how we interact with ourselves and objects.
I am always trying to figure out novel ways for converting high-tech concepts into low-tech methods.
Research and Publications
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I have designed research protocols and have conducted numerous qualitative and quantitative studies using methods ranging from grounded theory and affinity diagramming to the collection of numerical data from tangible and physiological sensors.
I create clean and innovative tangible, wearable, and IoT experiences that optimize how users interact with their environment so that the experiences streamline their world.
I mostly work in the data analytics sector, using machine learning and artificial intelligence for forecasting, such as predicting building occupancies to help offset the HVAC load or stock market simulators that leverage machine learning so that I can know when to place a buy or sell order. I also work with a VIP group on Big Data Analytics for Public and Private Enterprises. Click to learn more.
I’ve used products ranging from Arduino, Teensy, and Fireflies to creating custom PCBs for creating novel and fun interactions.