A collection of some of my recent projects, including technical work, design, and outreach.
Rachael Marie Miller
Human-Centered Computing Specialist
- Ann Arbor MI
- [email protected]
I'm an undergraduate in Computer Science looking to change the way that we think about computers. The potential for good software to facilitate amazing advancements in the human experience is what drives me to keep improving on our interaction systems. I want to improve our user interfaces and input systems so we can gain information and understanding faster- how many times has a great textbook or diagram helped you understand an idea? How often do you wave your hands and make gestures in an attempt to convey your own thoughts? These connections can come easier and more thoroughly with collaboration and visualization tools that fit perfectly into our natural interactions.
As a technologist, my primary interest is in closing the gap between the user and their information. Often, the steep learning curve of technology can be a barrier that keeps people from using tools that can make their lives easier and more productive. To help connect people with the information they need to improve their lives, I have focused my time as a student on studying human-centered computing, in addition to the technical and programming skills of a computer science degree.
Studying the User
Human-Centered Product Design
Visual and Interface Design
I provide support in 3D technologies for students, staff, and faculty at the university, with a specialization in human-centered computing and Microsoft Kinect development. When I'm not consulting, I work on various 3D input systems projects for clients and 3D Lab research.
I worked with the Microsoft Word team to improve the reading and authoring experience for Word users on mobile phones.
I worked with the Microsoft Word team to improve tools for Bullets & Numbering in Word.
I worked with the Internet Explorer for Xbox team on the browser for Xbox One.
I worked with the UM3D Lab as a research assistant developing a new input system for our virtual reality space. I later transitioned to become an employee of the lab as a consultant.
Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Initiatives Committee Lead May 2015 - Present
President May 2014 - May 2015
Vice President Jan 2014 - May 2014
Outreach Officer Sept 2013 - Jan 2014
I lead the gEECS Initiatives committee and am organizing our trip to the 2015 Grace Hopper Conference.
Previously, I managed the gEECS officer team and administration as president and am currently assisting with the transition to our new leadership team as my graduation date approaches.
In 2014, gEECS:
Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach
Peer Mentor Sept 2013 - May 2014
I mentored two female underclassmen in Computer Science Engineering on a weekly basis during their first year at the university.
Coordinator Sept 2012 - Jan 2013
Electronic Lunch is a weekly think-tank for the makers of the UM community. A fellow student and I helped revamp it after a hiatus when the previous leader left. I helped organize events and speakers, and contributed to the blog. I was also in charge of advertising, including poster design. I also led a workshop on getting started with Kinect programming, which included an online tutorial that has since received 12K hits. It continues to average 500 hits/month today. https://electroniclunch.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/kinect- tutorial-c/https://electroniclunch.wordpress.com/author/mrachael