I am a first 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, Crowdsourcing and Ubiquitous Computing.
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.
Currently, I am investigating how Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems can be used for providing information to and collecting data from marginalized communities. My research aims to make IVR systems more usable, powerful, sustainable and integrated with Internet.