I have a passion for game development and design. I often participate in game jams as a way to practice and have fun.
I find UX fascinating. As a teaching assistant for a user experience project course I provided feedback for 17 student groups throughout the course. Guiding them from their initial concepts through, wireframing, user testing and implementation.
The specialization of my Computer Science Degree was Software Design. I participated in a 16-month internship at IBM Canada as a software developer intern.
My current research as a master's student is in the area of exercise video games. I have been evaluating a technique that aims at motivating players to reach higher exertion levels during play.
I love spending time outdoors. I play intramural frisbee, slackline and take my dog, Meera hiking.
The focus of my master's degree is on exercise video games (exergames). I am evaluating a technique called HR Power-ups that aims at encouraging higher exertion rates during exergame play without negatively affecting player experience. HR Power-ups provide an in game benefit to players while they are at or above their target heart rate levels for exercise. Additionally, I explored techniques for converting off-the-shelf games into exergames.
During my time at Queen's University I was an undergraduate research assistant for three summers in the Queen's Robotic and Computer Vision Lab. I spoke at the Inquiry@Queens Undergraduate Research Conference where I presented the work I had completed during my time as a research assistant. I also worked as an undergraduate TA.
I took part in a 16-month long internship at IBM. I worked on the Websphere Business Process Management (BPM) software. During my time there I learned the importance of team work and effective communication in a professional setting. In addition to contributing to my team I took part in two of the internal employee development competitions, finishing with a first and second place spot. I also captained the intern ultimate frisbee team in the company league.