My work and interests focus on bringing digital characters (both robotic and virtual) to life, specifically, through the principled design and computational modeling of fundamental social behaviors (such as speech, gestures, eye gaze, social spacing, etc.) that serve as building blocks for autonomous face-to-face human-machine interactions. Beyond Semio, I serve on the Board of Directors for two nonprofit organizations: (1) AI LA to promote artificial intelligence in the Los Angeles community; and (2) the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics to promote robotics and STEM in K-12 education around the globe, with a focus on underrepresented populations. In 2018, I co-founded the Social Robot Community Slack team to spark an international community around robotics and natural language technologies. Previously, I was a cast member on SYFY's Robot Combat League, and have served as a technical and scientific advisor to Disney, Intel, and National Geographic, among others.