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Stephanie Valencia

PhD Students

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Stephanie is a Ph.D. candidate working with Jeffrey Bigham and Henny Admoni. Her research focuses on increasing conversational agency in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), speech-generating devices that support communication for users with motor and speech disabilities. She uses participatory design to explore how different design materials such as AI and embodied expressive objects can be used to create agency-increasing AAC systems and builds and deploys these systems to evaluate their impact.