Leena Mathur is a PhD student at CMU’s School of Computer Science in the Language Technologies Institute. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her long-term research goal is to advance virtual and embodied AI systems that can perceive, understand, and respond to multimodal human communication during social interactions. Her research focuses on foundations of multimodal learning and artificial social intelligence, as well as real-world applications of multimodal AI to enhance human health and well-being. Leena completed her B.S. in Computer Science with engineering honors distinction in research, B.A. in Linguistics, and B.A. in Cognitive Science at the University of Southern California as a Goldwater Scholar, Astronaut Scholar, and CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awardee. As an undergraduate, she worked with Maja Matarić and Khalil Iskarous at USC, Ralph Adolphs at Caltech, Michael Shindler at UC Irvine, and Rémi Lebret at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.