My name is Isabel Laurenceau, I am twenty-six and originally from Miami, Florida. I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Florida. I work in the Human Experience Research Lab with my advisor Dr.Juan Gilbert. I received my Master's of Computer Engineering from the University of Florida in 2019. In 2017 I received my Bachelor of Science degree also from the University of Florida in Computer Engineering with minors in math and dance. My research focuses on affective computing, wearable devices and tech policy.

Personal Info

I have been dancing ballet, tap and jazz since the age of three.

I am an avid coffee lover.

If I'm not working you can find me at my craft table sewing, hand lettering or doing calligraphy.

About Me


High School


New World School of the Arts


Bachelor of Science

Computer Engineering

University of Florida

Cum Laude

Minors: Math, Dance


Master of Science

Computer Engineering

University of Florida


In Progress: Doctorate Degree

Computer Science

University of Florida


My Experience

For the past three years, I have primarily been a graduate student at the University of Florida. I have spent my summers as a Media Democracy Fund Technology Policy Fellow. Through this, I gained experience working at three extraordinary non-profits in D.C. Most recently, I worked with the Brennan Center, providing background research on home internet of things (IoT) devices and current as well as potential privacy risks. My research provided information for a subsequent resource and expert brief created by staff at the Brennan Center. In the summer of 2019 I worked at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights with their 2020 Census team. There I worked to create and disseminate digital literacy information for their Get Out The Count ToolKit and around mis/disinformation. I also worked closely with the team and partners on discussion on differential privacy to be used in the 2020 Census. In 2018 I was at Public Knowledge working on issues surrounding net neutrality. I wrote internal documents about HIPAA and open source licenses. I also wrote a blog post about the effects on the proposed European copyright directive on game creators found here. I aided other interns in research for their blog posts.

Throughout my time as an undergraduate, I worked on campus at the Academic Technology Labs where I served as Supervisor for my last two years. I also held two internships as an undergraduate. The final was as an iOS developer with State Farm in Atlanta, Georgia, and the first was with Southern Wine & Spirits in their IT department.

My Skills


Stinson, L.A., Prioleau, D., Laurenceau, I. et al. Correspondence between Responses on an Internet Purchase Task and a Laboratory Progressive Ratio Task. Psychol Rec (2021).

Dunbar, J.,Alikhademi, K., Laurenceau, I., Lewis, B., & Gilbert, J. E.(2021). Driver Alertness Comparison Using BCI Data between the Voice-Based Arithmetic System and Traditional Audio and Visual Alerts. International Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering, 10(1), 1-9.

Isabel Laurenceau, Jessica Jones, Dekita Moon, Michelle Emamdie and Juan Gilbert, "Virtual Traffic Stop", (2020). IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, 12-15th November, Tempe: Arizona (accepted, pre-publication)

Presented Talk

Wyrosdick, B., Laurenceau, I., Gilbert, J.E. (2020). An Application for Absentee Voter Verification, In Proceedings of The 14th International Multi-Conference on Society, Cybernetics and Informatics, Virtual Conference, pp. 121-125.

Jackson, F., Laurenceau, I. & Gilbert, J.E. (2019). Inclusive Wearable Design: Developing a Set of Characteristics of Socially Acceptable BCI Devices for Women. In Roscoe, R.D., Chiou, E.K. & Wooldridge, A.R. (Eds.), Advancing Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Through Human Systems Engineering, CRC Press, pp. 171-190.

Williams, A., Posadas, B., Prioleau, D., Laurenceau, I, & Gilbert, J. E. (2019). User perceptions of haptic fidgets on mobile devices for attention and task performance. In Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (Vol. 776, pp.15–22). Springer Verlag.

Presented Talk

Invited Talks

National Academy of Inventors


Invited to participate in the 2017 NAI Student Innovation Showcase on undergraduate research work.

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