Hi! I am May.

I am May Kristine Jonson Carlon, or simply, May. I am working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Social Value Decision Making Collaboration Unit at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science. I am teaching information technology courses at Hosei University's Global and Interdisciplinary Studies. I was also a visiting researcher at the Cross Lab at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering under the School of Environment and Society.

I completed my Ph.D. in Global Engineering for Development, Environment, and Society studying educational technology, specifically on improving the online learning experience through metacognitive prompts, adaptive learning, and harvesting of implicit feedback through natural language processing. From October 2022 to March 2023, I worked as an online education specialist at Tokyo Tech's Online Content Research and Development section where I had been working as a teaching assistant during my doctoral studies and as a volunteer shortly after. 

I firmly believe that online education can be an important tool in democratizing education. I myself have reaped some of the benefits of online education. I completed my MS in Computer Science through the Georgia Institute of Technology's OMSCS program. This is where I first created an educational technology project with some teammates, which led to my doctoral research theme that I intend to circle back to after I gain knowledge in brain science.

I was also a software engineer for a small-to-midsized company in West Tokyo (Wisdom Inc.) and had worked at different IT companies in the Philippines before moving to Japan. My other passion is helping fellow migrants, especially Filipinos, have a community here in Japan. I also support works fostering good relationships between Japanese and international communities. I am a Filipino and worked in software quality assurance back home for almost 8 years after finishing my BS in Mathematics degree from the University of the Philippines.

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