bringing self-advocacy skills to machine learning

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Hi! My name is Yim Register (they/them)

I study how to support self-advocacy and empowerment within machine learning contexts online.

I'm a PhD student at the University of Washington iSchool working with Emma Spiro in the Data Lab. I am an NSF GRFP Fellow (which is pretty dope!). I am also a member of the MD4SG Data Economies Working Group and I consulted on's AI curriculum for middle schoolers!

I study the intersection of self-advocacy and machine learning literacy. I use co-liberation and implement interventions for marginalized communities to advocate for their needs in an ML-driven world; from resisting diet culture in the newsfeed to helping students understand admissions metrics.

I use they/them pronouns because I'm a nonbinary person. It takes practice, and is also very important to me! I believe in you.

My autism guides so much of what I do. You can read my primer on autism here! My special interests include ASMR 🎧, machine learning algorithms 👨‍💻, honeybees 🐝 (and other bugs), and ocean animals 🐙.

I love to infuse joy and play into all things that I do, including a series of lessons for RStudio called Data Science for Software Engineering. Here is a fun tutorial I built for teaching Linear Regression on your own data, called LearnMyData. Or an introduction to the Fragile Families Project for new Data Science students. I write about machine learning, autism, therapy, computing, teaching, and more on my Medium profile. May we all believe in a better world, and spark joy in each other to make that possible.

Places you can find my digital presence:




Art & Extras

I make art to help us reshape our relationship to social media and technology.

You can download my art to use in presentation slides here.