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Dan Feng

PhD Student

Dan Feng


Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
302 West Village H
Boston, MA 02115


  • MS in Optical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology – China
  • BE in Electronics Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology – China

About Me

  • Hometown: China
  • Field of Study: Artificial Intelligence
  • PhD Advisor: Stacy Marsella


Dan Feng is a PhD student in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences, advised by Professor Stacy Marsella. She is also a member of the CESAR (Cognitive Embodied Social Agents Research Laboratory). Dan, a native of China, received her bachelor’s degree in electronics science and technology, and her master’s degree in optical engineering from the Beijing Institute of Technology. She is broadly interested in crowd-powered interactive narrative, machine learning, and virtual reality. Dan’s current research primarily focuses on generating interactive narrative based on crowdsourcing, and simulating social interactions in an interactive virtual environment.

What are the specifics of your graduate education (thus far)?

I have finished three core courses which were Advanced Algorithm, Theory of Computation, and Intensive Computer Systems.

What are your research interests?

My current research includes theory-of-mind training, based on crowd-powered interactive narrative, and social-interaction simulation in interactive virtual environments.

What’s one problem you’d like to solve with your research/work?

I would like to build a computational model for social-interaction.

What aspect of what you do is most interesting?

How virtual humans can make a difference to individuals’ social-lives.

What are your research or career goals, going forward?

I have always nurtured a strong passion in pursuing a career of teaching and researching.