Thérèse E. Dugan

UX Researcher

I am an inventor and researcher who works at the intersection of emerging technologies, education and entertainment. I have over 15 years of experience as a cross-disciplinary scholar, artist, user experience researcher, educational research scientist, designer and teacher. Throughout my career, I have focused on doing foundational research and concept creation that influences and drives product design and strategy in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), play and making, IoT, wearables, robotics, AR/VR, hardware and speech recognition. At Facebook, I work across the AI, Applied Machine Learning (AML) and Society in AI Labs (SAIL) teams on projects related to people, content and understanding, wellness, accessibility, video and speech. I previously worked at Intel, Nokia Research Center and PBS. I earned my PhD in educational psychology (learning sciences and human development) from the University of Washington, where I worked for the NSF-funded Learning in Informal and Formal Environments (LIFE) Center and helped develop a new understanding of media and technology engagement with children called “joint media engagement.” At PBS, I worked as an Emmy-winning public television and documentary film producer and multimedia artist. I am also a proud Native American and an active tribal member of the Cherokee Nation.


Artificial intelligence, education and learning, accessibility, child-computer interaction, youth studies, natural language processing and speech, robotics, ethnography, qualitative research, concept design and foundational research

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