Katy Ilonka Gero >
I'm a fourth year PhD student in computer science at Columbia University advised by Lydia Chilton. I use AI technologies to build tools that support complex and creative tasks, like writing metaphors--I want to complement 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 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 Dear Ocean. In 2020 I was named a Brooklyn Poets Fellow and I'm currently 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).
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