Curriculum Vitae

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Education

2017-2021 (Expected)

PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University

2015-2017

Masters in Mechanical Engineering

Stanford University

2011-2015

Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Minor in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)

Highest Honors

Professional Experience

2015-Present

Graduate Research Assistant

Stanford University (shape lab)

June-September 2019

Research Intern

Microsoft Research (Ability & Epic Team)

June-September 2018

Research Intern

HP Lab (Immerive Experiences Lab)

June-September 2014

Undergraduate Research Assistant (Amgen Scholar)

Stanford University

October 2012-May 2015

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Georgia Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

These are selected publications. Read a complete list of my publications.

  • Alexa F Siu, Mike Sinclair, Robert Kovacs, Eyal Ofek, Christian Holz, and Edward Cutrell. 2020. Virtual Reality Without Vision: A Haptic and Auditory White Cane to Navigate Complex Virtual Worlds. In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1–13. [Acceptance Rate: 24.3%]. Best Paper Honorable Mention (Top 5%). [ PDF ]
  • Alexa F Siu, Son Kim, Joshua A Miele, and Sean Follmer. 2019. shapeCAD: An accessible 3D modelling workflow for the blind and visually-impaired via 2.5 D shape displays. In The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 342–354. [Acceptance Rate: 25%]. Best Paper Nominee. [ PDF ]
  • Alexa F Siu, Eric J Gonzalez, Shenli Yuan, Jason B Ginsberg, and Sean Follmer. 2018. Shapeshift: 2D spatial manipulation and self-actuation of tabletop shape displays for tangible and haptic interaction. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1–13. [Acceptance Rate: 25%]. Best Demo Honorable Mention. [ PDF ]

Teaching Experience

Spring 2020

Designing for Accessibility

Instructor(s): John Tang

Stanford University

Fall 2019

Design Impact Master's Project I

Instructor(s): Sean Follmer & David Kelley

Stanford University

Spring 2018 & 2019

Introduction to the Design of Smart Products

Instructor(s): Sean Follmer

Stanford University

Spring 2015

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Instructor(s): Jim Rehg

Georgia Institute of Technology

Fall 2014

Introduction to Bioengineering Statistics

Instructor(s): Brani Vidakovic

Georgia Institute of Technology

Funding Awards & Honors

  • National Science Foundation Collaborative Grant: “Learning by Touch: Preparing Blind Students to Participate in the Data Science Revolution (2020)
  • Hasso-Plattner Design Thinking Research Grant: Haptic Guidance to Support Design Education and Collaboration for Blind and Visually Impaired People (2020)
  • CHI 2020 Best Paper Honorable Mention (2020)
  • Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant (2019)
  • ASSETS 2019 Best Paper Nominee (2019)
  • UIST & ASSETS 2019 Doctoral Consortium Travel Grant (2019)
  • Bill Moggridge Design Award (2018)
  • Fastco Innovation by Design Awards Honorable Mention in the Student Category (2018)
  • UIST 2017 Best Demo Honorable Mention (2017)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) (2015)
  • Stanford School of Engineering Fellowship (2015)
  • Amgen Scholar at Stanford University (2014)

Skills

  • Mechatronics (circuits and embedded software)
  • Programming: Python, C#, C++, R, HTML
  • Rapid prototyping & fabrication
  • Software tools: Unity3D, Solidworks (CAD), Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere
  • Spoken languages: Spanish (native), French (proficient)