At the ArticuLab, we study how people communicate with and through technology. We use technology as a way of better studying human-human communication, and use the study of human-human communication to design better technology. This interest leads us to questions concerning the intersection of language, learning, the body, and computational systems, through a range of interdisciplinary methods and tools. Benefiting from the synergy of rigorous experimental methods and extensive computational modeling, our work contributes to theoretical research in cognitive science, communication studies, learning sciences, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and many other related disciplines.
Our research includes the interaction between humans and the virtual humans we call Embodied Conversational Agents (ECA), as well as how humans interact with each other through computer-mediated contexts on the Internet and in online communities. We are also interested in how gender and ethnicity mediate technology use, including issues of power and empowerment. Finally, we are interested in how technology can be used for positive educational and developmental initiatives, such as ensuring that children who come to school speaking non-mainstream dialects of English can maintain these important indices of culture and identity, while still achieving school success, and scaffolding social skills for children with autism.
We believe that work of this sort is made possible only through careful observation and experimental methods combined with the affordances of new, interactive media, models and simulations. We invite you to explore the projects, people and publications of the ArticuLab.