Hello! I'm Katy Ilonka Gero. Welcome to my website.

I'm a fifth year PhD student in computer science at Columbia University advised by Lydia Chilton. I study and design interactive AI tools, with a focus on creative writing. I've been supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Brown Institue for Media Innovation.

I'm also a poet and essayist. I write about the ocean, our looming climate crisis, my niblings, computational poetry, and the intersection and distinction of the arts and science. I'm working on a poetry manuscript called 'whalefall'. In 2020 I was named a Brooklyn Poets Fellow and was a 2020-2021 CultureHub Resident Contributing Writer.

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

I have developed some freely available writing tools:

Okay, here is an overview of my CS research...

I am currently looking for ethical AI opportunities in Sydney, Australia starting in 2023!

CV | Google Scholar | PhD Candidacy Materials | Thesis Proposal

Full conference papers
Workshop papers, posters, and technical reports

And here is an overview of my writing projects...


Some art and technology projects I've been a part of:

My more mechanical days...

I love to paint!

Last updated January, 2022