I am currently a member of the Crowds + Machines (CroMa) Lab at the University of Michigan, working with Professor Walter S. Lasecki. My research is in human-computer interaction (HCI), with a focus on intelligent communication systems and accessibility. My research projects have dealt with: object segmentation for robotic control, building intelligent communication systems, and providing accessibility for interactions with virtual personal assistants. The projects and publications I have worked on are listed below. More info on CroMa Lab here!

Current Projects

My current project studies methods to extract and integrate human feedback into a reinforcement learning agent. We use the Atari games learning environment to initially test our feeedback mechanisms, but we expect our methods to generalize to more realistic and practical domains as well.

A second project explores tool-assisted delegation for smarter tasking within common online communication mediums, i.e., email, Slack, and other instant messaging platforms.


R. Fok, H. Kaur, S. Palani, M.E. Mott, W.S. Lasecki. Towards More Robust Speech Interactions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Users. In Proceedings of the International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2018). Galway, Ireland.
J.Y. Song, R. Fok, A. Lundgard, F. Yang, J. Kim, W.S. Lasecki. Two Tools are Better Than One: Tool Diversity as a Means of Improving Aggregate Crowd Performance. In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI 2018). Tokyo, Japan. Best Student Paper Honorable Mention
S. Swaminathan, R. Fok, F. Chen, T.K. Huang, I. Lin, R. Jadvani, W.S. Lasecki, J.P. Bigham. WearMail: On-the-Go Access to Information in Your Email with a Privacy-Preserving Human Computation Workflow. In Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2017). Quebec City, Canada.
J.Y. Song, R. Fok, F. Yang, K. Wang, A.R. Lundgard, W.S. Lasecki. Tool Diversity as a Means of Improving Aggregate Crowd Performance on Image Segmentation Tasks. In HCOMP Workshop on Human Computation for Image and Video Analysis (GroupSight 2017). Quebec City, Quebec. 2017.
S.R. Gouravajhala, J.Y. Song, J. Yim, R. Fok, Y. Huang, F. Yang, K. Wang, Y. An, W.S. Lasecki. Towards Hybrid Intelligence for Robotics. In Collective Intelligence Conference (CI 2017). New York, NY. [POSTER]