Abigail Chen


“Hi! ˙ᵕ˙

My name is Abigail, and I graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Computer Science. I’m a UX designer, researcher, and developer.

As a designer, I am fueled by the why.
As a researcher, I am fueled by the what.
As a developer, I am fueled by the how.

My work aims to develop new technologies that support and are inspired by creative processes. What drives me is my desire to bridge art and technology to provide humans with the agency to grow into their personhood and unleash their creative potential. I am particularly interested in examining these goals through the lenses of healthcare and education.

My research in HCI has ranged from helping launch a social robot study at the MIT Media Lab that improves mental wellbeing via positive psychology, to building a software toolkit at the University of Tokyo that allows users to easily explore and deploy spatial interactions into their home.

In the MDes program, I am also interested in investigating topics of digital fabrication and human-food interaction.

In my free time, you can find me making art in various media (currently: crocheting), baking, learning languages, traveling, and expanding my rock collection.”