Intro > Katy Gero


I'm a first year PhD student in computer science at Columbia University. I'm also a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. I'm interested in computational approaches to poetic language, in which context, emotion, and creativity are more important than informational content. I want to build co-creative textual interfaces that augment our writing ability.


I used to build machines and sensors. I hold a bachelors in mechanical engineering from MIT, where I recieved the Carl G. Sontheimer Prize for Excellence in Innovation and Creativity for my work on soft robotics. I worked at two amazing startups: Rest Devices and Soofa.


I'm also an essayist and poet. My most recent essay, 'Is It Possible for Machines to Translate Poetry, When Humans Can Barely Do It?', was published in Electric Literature. I'm currently attending the School for Poetic Computation, a summer session entitled Code Societies.

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Papers > Computer Science


Papers > Mechanical and Electrical Engineering


My more mechanical days >


I love to paint >

Last updated June, 2018