I am a second-year PhD student in the Department of Computer and Information Science (CIS) at the University of Pennsylvania, where I work with Professors Andrew Head and Chris Callison-Burch on the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Natural Language Processing. I am specifically interested in language and interaction aspects of voice agents, such as how virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa can give better audio instructions, answer subjective questions, and support complex tasks without visual assistance.
Beyond research, I am involved in the CIS Doctoral Association, CIS Applicant-Support Program, and Diversity and Equity Initiative in the Mind Sciences (mind DivE In).
I am supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. I received my BS in Computer Science from Columbia University, where I conducted research and wrote an undergraduate thesis with Professor Kathleen McKeown.
alyssahwang at seas dot upenn dot edu