Teresa Gao

Teresa Gao

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Tech, Government

Teresa Gao studies Augmented and Virtual Reality at Trinity College Dublin. A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she studies=d Computer Science & Engineering as well as Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Teresa is interested in artificial intelligence and the development of autonomous agents. She has conducted research in a range of fields, including psycholinguistics in the MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, social robots for mental health in the MIT Media Lab, and machine learning architectures for biological images in the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She worked to establish cognitive benchmarks for AI in the MIT Quest for Intelligence. Her love for science is only equaled by her passion for creativity and the arts. She hosts an educational radio show, “Psycholochat: Where Neuroscience Meets Philosophy,” on WMBR 88.1 FM, where she investigates topics in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. Additionally, Teresa is completely self-taught on the viola and yet earned a highly competitive seat in the MIT Chamber Music Society. She also acted as co-president of Ribotones, a student group which plays music as service throughout the Boston community, and she performed with the competitive MIT Bhangra dance team. Her other involvements included tutoring fellow MIT students through the IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society, managing logistics for the annual Battlecode programming competition, and volunteering as a supporter for the anonymous campus textline, Lean On Me.