Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Joined department: Fall 2023
Sooyeon Jeong is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University. Her research focuses on designing and deploying interactive AI agents that can improve people's lives by providing personalized support based on each user's needs, traits, and behaviors. She deploys these agents "in-the-wild" to evaluate how they build relationships/rapport with people over time and improve their wellbeing, health and learning. She aims to build relational technologies to be more than just tools and become helpful companions for people by continuously adapting themselves to help users achieve their health goals.
Sooyeon received a S.B. and a M.Eng. from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), and a S.M. and a Ph.D in Media Arts and Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Purdue, she spent one year as a NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs) in Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.