My name is Aileen Benedict. I am a second-year Ph.D. student and GAANN Fellow at UNC Charlotte. I am in the Computing and Information Systems program and am currently interested in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, psychology, art, and many other things. I also enjoy playing video games, listening to music, drinking tea, and doodling all over my notes.
Currently working on: Recommender System for Typhlo Music Therapy
Currently reading about: Human-Centered AI and Recommender Systems (particularly in Music, Health, and Education)
Why am I here?
Because everything is exciting. Hooray.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.Albert Einstein
I’m a dreamer. And many of my aspirations have been fueled by stories:
“An android assistant with a defective personality chip, sense of humor, and sarcastic charm; a healthcare robot that looks like a marshmallow and acts like a friend; and an android’s daughter who learned how to feel – these fictional characters all led me to where I am today. These are the stories that inspired me as I grew up and pushed me to pursue studies in computer science. I wanted these dreams to come true. I wanted that sarcastic android to exist. I wanted to see that squishy robot roaming around, helping patients. And I wanted to be the one to help bring these stories to life.”
This was a part of my Statement of Purpose and I suppose the reason I’m here still remains the same. There is so much that interests me and so many ideas to pursue. I hope to use this curiosity to make things that are helpful. :’)
The rest of my statement is below.