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Emily Hand

Born and raised in Reno, Emily is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering as well as Applied Mathematics, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Her research focuses on the intersection of machine learning, computer vision and human perception, with an emphasis on assistive technology. Her long-term goal is to build a wearable system capable of improving social interactions for the blind and those on the autism spectrum. She is a member of the Computer Vision Lab and the director of the Machine Perception Lab at UNR.

Emily volunteers with Girls Who Code, teaching girls the basics of programming. She is also the faculty advisor for the Women into Computer Science and Engineering group at UNR, a club whose mission is to encourage more women to join the field of computer science. Emily spends most of her free time relaxing with her husband and their two dogs Reznor and Oscar.