Hi! I am May.

I am May Kristine Jonson Carlon, or simply, May. I am working as a Technical Staff I at the Social Value Decision Making Laboratory at RIKEN Center for Brain Science since May 2023. I am 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 am teaching information technology courses at Hosei University's Global and Interdisciplinary Studies.

I completed my Ph.D. in Global Engineering for Development, Environment, and Society in the same lab. I worked with Professor Jeffrey S. Cross 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 current research theme.

I was also a software engineer for a small-to-midsized company in West Tokyo (Wisdom Inc.). 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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