Research and Publications


Undergraduate Researcher at the University of Southern California

MentorPal: Interactive Virtual Mentors Based on Real-Life STEM Professionals

The best way to predict future job satisfaction and responsibility is to speak with someone who has been there before, or better yet, is there now. The problems with mentors and mentorship programs are that professionals have limited time and are not readily available in all fields. The solution: MentorPAL, an interactive Q/A interface to chat with a virtual agent built from a real person with relatable stories and experiences.


New Technologies to Enhance Computer Generated Interactive Virtual Humans

The essential elements that go into the creation of a virtual human with lifelike abilities include natural language processing, machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, computer generated imagery, and social stimulation. These numerous components come together to create an effective virtual environment but require substantial computing power. Quantum computing and its applications in this context are provided along with predicted improvements.


Patent Law and Defense Technology: Original Intent and Current Practice

As one of the premier countries of innovation, the United States issues hundreds of thousands of patents each year. Despite this, the patenting process is flawed and in desperate need of revision. This paper discusses the flaws with the current system and suggests improvements.


Critical Thinking Training: Proven New Technologies for Engaging DoD Personnel

Critical thinking is arguably the most important skill taught in the education system. Regardless of the emphasis on this skill in classes, it is often lacking in high school and even college graduates. Virtual learning has massive potential for providing an effective tool for developing this proficiency.