Hello, I'm Jessica

I am a MSc student at ETH Zurich in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Robotics. I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BASc in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering in 2020. Sometimes I go by my Chinese name, Yi Fei (亦非).

In 2022, I will be completing my MSc thesis at MIT's Traverso/Langer Lab with Giovanni Traverso and Hen-Wei Huang to develop medical diagnosis algorithms and investigate the ethics and acceptability of digital medicine devices. My previous research and industry internship experiences include EPFL's Visual Intelligence and Learning Laboratory with Amir Zamir for embodied perception and learning, Lund University's CERTEC Design Group for rehabilitation engineering, Blackberry QNX's Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center for 3D vision research & development, and Coursera and Amazon for backend software development. I worked with Mike Van der Loos for my Bachelor's thesis on mobile robotics at UBC's CARIS lab. I also co-founded Attentiv Medical, a sensor-embedded IV catheter that won a National James Dyson Award.

My academic and career interests lie in the interdisciplinary design and research of interactions between people, the natural world, and intelligent systems across different scales. In my engineering work, I try to integrate my passion for art, design, and usability. I look for impactful opportunities to leverage technology translation between research and the real world. As a recipient of the Irving K Barber Women in Technology Scholarship, I am commited to intersectional approaches in improving representation and ethics in tech.