Stephanie Carnell graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Physics from Samford University in 2014 and is currently a PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at the University of Florida. At UF, Stephanie researches virtual patients, or computer characters which medical students can use to practice their patient interviewing skills. Her work with virtual patients is focused on improving medical doctors’ ability to communicate with their patients in a way that is understandable. This work was inspired by Stephanie’s love of language and a desire to help people communicate with each other. In addition to her research at the University of Florida, Stephanie has also completed internships in user experience at Facebook and in machine learning and human factors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory.
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