Hello, world!

My name is Kelley Tai. I have just graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2017 with a degree in Computer Science (B.Sc.) and Linguistics (B.A.). Since May, I have been assisting Professor Michelle Alexopoulos in researching, designing and implementing text-mining algorithms using computational linguistics and natural language processing for U of T's Department of Economics. I'm always ready to take on any adventure/challenge that allows me to think outside the box.

Outside of my professional environment, I really enjoy creative writing and I am always looking to spread environmental awareness in one way or another. My imagination runs pretty wild so I'm building up my career to do something that requires this daydream head of mine.

A few UX accomplishments

The biggest priortiy in my designs is to understand the user's story. The design of interactive media, in my opinion, should be all about the user's journey. What do they want? And how can we give them what they want? I really like talking to people and I think empathy also comes a long way in designing for user experience. Some of the tools that I use include Sketch, Axure, Balsamiq, and InVision.

Image of a lady waiting for the subway

turnt

Let us turn off your electronics when you're not home. This way, you can have an environmental-friendly home and also save on those utility bills. By reducing your carbon footprint, you can make a huge impact on Earth.

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Screenshot of our final deliverable

BUX

Students have a hard time organizing their school workload. BUX allows post-secondary students to track their homework and assignments through social media and automatic scheduling. By specifying free times, BUX schedules the user to do the studying so users feel motivation to complete work items.

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The Qwirky keyboard

The Qwerty keyboad was not made for optimization but the Dvorak keyboard is much too different from what we currently know. The Qwirky keyboard is a quirky kind of Qwerty with the letters t and f switched. This was created with the intention of a faster typing experience.

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My other projects

Here are all the other random but not entirely random projects I've created in the past year or so.

  • Context-free Grammar
    This program parses grammatical and ungrammatical English sentences.
  • SIZIS
    My teammates and I created a video game! Explore Lumera and find its hidden gems by solving some cool and fun puzzles.
  • diaBEATit!
    diaBEATit is a mobile application that allows users to take a picture of their meal and instantly get the calories and macronutrients of their food items.

Contact Me

If you have any questions, please contact me at kelleytai at mail dot utoronto dot ca or on any of my social media platforms.