John Gideon is a research scientist focused on modeling human cognitive and physical states and creating effective interactions with computers. His current work at Toyota Research Institute includes self-supervised attention understanding and physiological signal estimation from video. He attained his doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in 2019, with a focus on affect detection from speech. He received his B.S in Electrical Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2012 and 2013, respectively. His undergraduate and Master's had a strong emphasis on signal processing, embedded systems, and parallel processing. In his free time, John enjoys the outdoors, board games, singing, and travel.