I am a Computer Science and Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Washington (UW) where I use social computing to achieve social good of people in low-resource environments. This encompasses:
My work has been recognized by global development organizations, human rights groups, and social media organizations in the form of USAID Seed Grant, Facebook Access Innovation Prize, and Facebook Graduate Fellowship. I am also a recipient of the UW’s College of Engineering Student Research award as well as several best paper awards and nominations at premier HCI venues. My research has transitioned into large-scale, real-world products that have reached an estimated 220,000 people in Africa and South Asia.
I am also the designer and developer of IVR Junction, an award-winning free and open source toolkit that makes it easy for global development agencies to build, set up, and maintain voice-based social computing systems on basic mobile phones that connects to online social computing platforms like Facebook.
I am an active member of UW's ICTD, Change, and DUB group. At UW, I am advised by Richard Anderson and formerly by Gaetano Borriello. Prior to UW, I worked as an Assistant Researcher at Microsoft Research India with Bill Thies and Ed Cutrell.
University of Maryland
College Park, USA
Penn State University
State College, USA
Simon Fraser University
Jul 11–Aug 28
New York, USA
San Francisco, USA