Gabriel Culbertson

Ph.D. Candidate
Information Science
Cornell University

Gates Hall, Room 220
343 Campus Rd
Ithaca, NY, 14850


I am currently a PhD student in Cornell's Information Science department advised by Malte Jung and Erik Andersen. I completed my BS in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University with minors in Computer Science, Asian Studies and Global Engineering. My research interests include cross-cultural communication and technology for foreign language education. The aim of my work is to understand the key elements of foreign language learning and design systems where learners can engage with these elements. My previous work has explored providing context through 3D environments and enabling interactions between learners through virtual avatars. In the future, I plan to design systems to help learners build collective language learning expertise, and facilitate learner development of cultural intuition.


Gabriel Culbertson, Shiyu Wang, Malte Jung, and Erik Andersen. "Social Situational Language Learning through an Online 3D Game." Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’16). ACM, 2016.

Gabriel Culbertson, Erik Andersen, Walker White, Daniel Zhang, and Malte Jung. "Crystallize: An Immersive, Collaborative Game for Second Language Learning." Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. ACM, 2016.

Gabriel Culbertson. "Crystallize: Simulating Language Immersion through Gameplay." CHI’15 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2015.

Verma, Ansh, Gabriel Culbertson, and Karthik Ramani. "Chiron: interpreting signals from capacitive patterns and inertial sensors for intuitive shape modeling." CHI’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2014.

Work experience

HP Vertica, Software Engineer Intern, Summer 2014

Cummins Filtration, Design Engineer Intern, Summer/Fall 2012

GE Aviation, Design Engineer Intern, Summer 2011

Software Engineer Intern, Mack Tool and Engineering, Summers 2006 - 2010

Leadership experience

Teaching Assistant, , 2015 - present

FIRST Mentor, 2003 - 2011

Design Team Leader, Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE), 2010 - 2013



Crystallize is an immersive Japanese language learning game. Collect words in context, use those words to chat with NPCs and build your new life in Japan.
Game website


Ink is a fantasy roleplaying game for learning to write Chinese characters. Players solve game challenges by writing using the correct Chinese characters.