I am a second year PhD student in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Washington where I design, build and evaluate technologies for marginalized rural and urban communities to improve their access to information, healthcare and education. I am advised by Prof. Gaetano Borriello. My research interests are in the domain of Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Human-Computer Interaction for Development, Social Computing and Ubiquitous Computing.
Currently, my research focus is to build and evaluate scalable voice based communication platforms that enable the next billion people to intuitively access Internet, social media platforms, and crowdsourcing platforms on their non-Internet-enabled mobile phones.
I am also a Visiting Researcher at IIT-Bombay where I collaborate with Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan on Machine Learning and ICTD related projects. Earlier, I worked in Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India where most of my research was focused at the intersection of ICTD and Social Computing. At Microsoft Research India, I was advised by incredible researchers: Bill Thies and Ed Cutrell.