Hi I’m Toby : )
I’m a PhD Student at Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University with research interests in human-computer interaction, intelligent software agents, demonstrational interface and interaction techniques. My advisor is Dr. Brad A. Myers. My current research focuses on designing and developing the next generation of smartphone intelligent software agent that can learn to use any arbitrary 3rd party app with the user’s instruction. My work is supported by a Yahoo! Fellowship as a part of the InMind project.
Prior to joining CMU, I received my B.S. degree at the University of Minnesota where I worked with Dr. Brent Hecht at GroupLens Research. My past experience includes co-authoring the WikiBrain software library – an open-source Wikipedia research software framework that implemented and improved state-of-art Wikipedia-based text mining, semantic relatedness, information retrieval and spatial computing algorithms. A paper describes Wikibrain was published at WikiSym 2014.
I was the Lead Student Researcher and Head Developer of Atlasify, a novel information retrieval / interactive visualization system aiming at providing a new way of doing exploratory search. Since its beta release in June 2015, Atlasify has acquired thousands of active users and been featured on medias like Wired, Phys.org and ACM Newsletter.
I’ve also done work in evaluating Tobler’s First Law of Geography using Wikipedia-based natural language processing techniques (preliminary results published in ACM SIGSPATIAL ’14), geo-visualization and spatialization, exploratory spatial information retrieval and the socioeconomic bias of peer-production systems (see research for details)
When not doing research, I enjoy competitive programming. My team was ranked 6th in 2013 and 17th in 2012 out of 200+ teams in the ACM/ICPC International Collegiate Programming Contest North Central North America Regional.