Katy Ilonka Gero >


I'm a third year PhD student in computer science at Columbia University advised by Professor Lydia Chilton. I design computational tools to support complex and creative tasks, like writing metaphors--I want to augment our abilities, not replace them. I'm supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Brown Institue for Media Innovation.


I'm also a poet and essayist. I'm finishing up Catapult's first 12-month Poetry Generator led by Angel Nafis, where I'm working on a poetry manuscript about climate change and the ocean. In 2020 I was named a Brooklyn Poets Fellow.


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 (we built baby monitors) and Soofa (we built smart city furniture).

If you want to collaborate on any of the above, email me > katy@cs.columbia.edu


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      Last updated April, 2020