I am an aspiring HCI Researcher with an inclination to understand how users interact in day-to-day activities, both with humans and interfaces. I have a diverse range of interests within HCI. A keen interest has been Recommender Systems. I seek to understand how users interact with these systems and how users can collaborate to help improve the quality of recommendations they receive. My other, more recent interest has been the psychological perspective of user interaction—how users perceive interfaces, how they plan for interaction and how this makes sense for designers.
I am currently a candidate for a Master in Computer Science (Human Computer Interaction) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I received my Bachelor of Engineering from SSNCE, Anna University, India.
GroupLens Research, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Supporting my interests is my work experience. I am currently a Research Assistant at GroupLens Research. My advisor is Prof. Joseph A. Konstan. I am studying how users can help improve the quality of recommendations they receive in accordance with their preferences, by contributing to recommendations. Just before this, I studied how users compared to recommender systems and how they differ from systems when it comes to processing heterogeneous data to predict items for another user. This prequel was accepted to ACM RecSys ‘08. [pdf]
Mixed Reality Lab, IDM, National University of Singapore.
Before that, I was a summer Research Intern at the Mixed Reality Lab at the Interactive and Digital Media Institute, National University of Singapore. My advisor was Dr. Adrian David Cheok. I worked on interaction design for virtual worlds (QOOT 3D Virtual World) with an emphasis on promoting social networking. My responsibilities also included designing questionnaires, developing a style guide for user interaction and structure the experimental design. I also worked on designing user studies for Babbage Cabbage, the world’s first living media plant that promotes empathy. The project had been selected for the Nokia Ubimedia Mindtrek Award.
Computer Science Dept., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Prior to that, I was a Teaching Assistant for GUI Design & Evaluation, a graduate course in the MS-Software Engineering program for professionals. I guided and evaluated 7 teams of professionals from the IT industry, in their semester-long user-centered interface design and evaluation process. My supervising instructor was Dr. John Kruse, adjunct faculty at UMN and Senior Human Factors Specialist, 3M Corporate Research.
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