Laura has been part of the HCI group at UBC since 2014, finishing a MSc in 2016, and is now continuing the work as a PhD student. Her project on machine recognition of affective touch and biometric signals is a highly collaborative effort, engaging a team of experts in medicine, psychology, robotics and haptics. These days, Laura is looking forward to ski season.
Laura's work in machine recognition of affective touch puts her at the intersection of affective computing, emotion modelling, and social touch sensing. She is currently exploring applications with small furry robots in acute care settings with older adults.