Sin-Hwa Kang

Sin-Hwa Kang

Senior Communication Scientist
Institute for Creative Technologies

Sin-Hwa Kang is a senior communication scientist at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies. She is currently working in the Mixed Reality (MxR) Lab and previously worked in the Medical Virtual Reality (MedVR) and Computational Emotion groups at ICT. She earned a master of science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a doctorate in communication, with concentration in human-computer interaction, from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kang’s research focuses on affective human-agent interaction in social and psychotherapeutic interactions. She adopts interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches to her research, specifically in social and clinical psychological contexts. Kang has been participating in National Science Foundation-funded projects where she works on modeling a novel approach to explore perceptions of co-presence and the medium itself, including the adoption of virtual humans over emotionally engaged and computer-mediated interaction. She is currently doing research on investigating virtual humans as virtual counselors in mixed reality settings, including smartphone applications. Kang appeared in The New York Times with her work (“In Cybertherapy, Avatars Assist With Healing”) and received the "New Investigator Award" at the CyberTherapy & CyberPsychology 2011 conference.