I am a professor of Computer Science at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the Math and Science department. My research focuses on delivering fashion, health, and wellness content through persuasive, personalized, and playful human-centered interfaces.
Maria Hwang is a professor of computer science at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in the Math and Science department. In the fall of 2018, she is teaching a course titled, "Statistics, Machine Learning, and Data Mining." Prior to FIT Maria was a post-doctoral researcher at the Columbia University Medical Center's (CUMC) Biomedical Informatics Department working with Lena Mamykina. Maria received her doctorate of education (Ed.D.) at Teachers College, Columbia University in Instructional Technology and Media under the supervision of Charles Kinzer, focusing on persuasive messages for behavior change in a digital game environment. For her dissertation she developed a game, Monster Appetite, and embedded persuasive messages to see if people would be receptive to those tailored messages that emphasized consequences of a positive or negative behavior. She continues her research on different persuasive and motivational strategies for healthful behavior and chornic disease management at her post-doc at CUMC with diabetic patients. You can contact Maria at maria_hwang *at* fitnyc.edu.