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Jessica Yang


Currently looking for an internship for summer 2015 in product management, UX or software engineering.


I'm an undergraduate studying in the US, majoring in computer science but with a strong interest in cognitive science. I want to learn more about human-computer interaction, UX design, visual design, and UX research, or related roles (basically anything where I get to design and/or study people).

I am a member of the Yale Social Robotics Lab and have previously been a research assistant at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany.

Things I think are cool academically

  • physical embodiment as it relates to computing/robotics
  • tactile/haptic/multisensory interfaces
  • the effect of computing/robotic contexts on social behavior, social cognition and mental health
  • investigating therapeutic uses of HCI/HRI in enhancing well-being and the treatment of disorders; also its uses in motivation and education and that sort of thing
  • raising awareness of the impact of culture and context in behavior and cognition.
  • basically, add 'and computers' to any item from the list below

Interests, more broadly

  • art (drawing, painting, illustration)
  • calligraphy
  • culture
  • design (all kinds)
  • singing
  • music, including classical
  • writing
  • 'science' (ha)
  • languages
  • video games: I play LOTR Online the most regularly
  • fantasy and a small amount of scifi
  • gender and (a)sexuality
  • egalitarianism (equal to or a superset of feminism)
  • wellbeing/health/humanist spirituality
  • martial arts (aikido)
  • the webcomic 'The Order of the Stick'