Congratulations Christian for receiving a Google CS Research Mentorship Program award for the 2019-2020 academic year. The award provides recipients with Google research scientist mentorship ranging from support in conducting and publishing research, career and advanced academic development, to traveling to Google headquarters and a premier CS research conference with other awardees.
Christian has worked for several years with Mike and Ann Eisenberg in the Craft Tech Lab. He shared that "my research interests lie in human augmentation, sensory extension, Transhumanism, biohacking, emergent technology, and educational technology. I believe that all these topics have a substantial impact on humans cognitively in the future." Christian is considering the ICS Cognitive Science Combined PhD Program for graduate school.
ICS: What is your undergraduate major now?
CH: Computer Science
ICS: How are you involved with ICS?
CH: For the past several years I have worked with Mike and Ann Eisenberg in their Craft Tech Lab. Our projects focus on the creation of novel, computationally-enriched “sensory extensions” that allow for augmented-sensing of the natural world. His major effort with the projects is devoted to the fabrication and implementation of sensory augmentations that will extend a sense through hardware and respond with a tactile output for the user. The intent is to enable anyone to fabricate their own sensory extensions, and thus map intrinsically human senses onto hardware. This will effectively extend our senses in new and exciting ways that will lead to a better understanding of how our brain is able to adapt to new external senses and the natural world. My research interests lie in human augmentation, sensory extension, Transhumanism, biohacking, emergent technology, and educational technology. I believe that all these topics have a substantial impact on humans cognitively in the future.
ICS: What will you be doing as part of the Mentorship program?
CH: According to the award information I will: • Receive mentorship from Google research scientists in areas such as: what it means to research and potential research ideas; conducting and publishing research, receiving feedback on research goals and papers; preparing for graduate and PhD programs; building your professional network; any other goals you identify with your mentor; review academic and career goals with Google advisors; network and collaborate with other students in the CSRMP 2019-2020 class; travel to a premier CS research conference with Googlers and CSRMP students; travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA in Summer 2020.
Thank you Christian, and good luck with this mentorship.