I am an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Merced, where I lead the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Group.
As a researcher, my goal is to make computer technologies accessible to everyone by developing intuitive, effective, and enjoyable input and interaction techniques. Towards that, I study the existing techniques, identify issues with them, and then target those issues from theoretical, behavioral, and practical standpoints. A major thread of my work focuses on smarter solutions for text entry, error correction, and editing on various devices. My other interests include mobile interaction, tangible user interfaces, child-computer interaction, usable security, and scientific data visualization.
I received my PhD in Computer Science (HCI) in 2013 from York University working with Dr. Wolfgang Stuerzlinger. I then joined Flowton Technologies as a Postdoctoral Fellow to lead an NSERC ENGAGE funded project. Upon completion of the project in 2014, I joined Ryerson University as a Postdoctoral Fellow, where I worked with Dr. Alexandra (Ali) Mazalek until joining UC Merced in 2017. I was also a Research Intern at Microsoft Research, Redmond in 2012, working with Drs. Bill Buxton, Ken Hinckley, and Michel Pahud. I obtained my MS and BS in Computer Science from Lakehead University (Web Service/Security) and Trent University (3D Radiation Visualization), respectively.
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I am always looking for hard-working, self-motivated, and scientifically curious students to join my research group. A range of graduate and undergraduate projects are available. The candidate must have strong skills in computer programming, interaction design, and/or quantitative research methods. Visit Information for Prospective Students for further details. Current UC Merced students, complete the (requires institutional login) to express interest in working with me. Contact me directly for information on Research Specialist and Postdoctoral Fellow positions. Unpaid on-campus or remote volunteering opportunities are also available. Like us on Student Background & Interests FormFacebook for updates, including research opportunities, publications, and details on how to participate in our user studies.
- June 21, 2018 We will host Dr. Vera Liao on Friday, June 29, 2018. During her visit, she will give a talk on "Towards Adaptive Conversational Agents", exclusive to the Human-Computer interaction Group. Visit this page for details. Facebook
- June 6, 2018 Had a great time at . Gave an invited talk on "Bridging the Gap Between Research and Design", followed by an engaging Q&A session and one-on-one discussions. Thanks to the Service Design & UX team, particularly Moin Bhuiyan, for inviting me, and the HR team, particularly Simin Chowdhury, for organizing the event. GrameenphoneFacebook
- May 31, 2018 I had a great time teaching and participating in the at ACM SIGCHI Summer School on Research Methods and Approaches to Text Entry and Other Interaction Techniques. I learned a lot from the other guest lecturers, organizers, and the attendees. I was particularly impressed by the attendees, a mixture of industry and academic researchers and both graduate and undergraduate students, their enthusiasm and strive to better themselves as researchers. It was a privilege to learn about their research and career goals. Thanks to Dr. Anirudha Joshi, Manjiri Joshi, and Sanjay Ghosh for organizing this amazing summer school. Special thanks to Kanika Tuteja for sharing this picture. IIT BombayFacebook
- April 5, 2018 Received a Research Grant through the Academic Senate Faculty Research Grants Program at UC Merced.
- March 1, 2018 I am co-organizing the Socio-Technical Aspects of Text EntryMobileHCI 2018 Workshop on . To participate, submit a short position statement outlining your background, past work, future plans, and suggesting a use-case you would like to explore during the workshop. Alternatively, you could submit a technical paper for possible inclusion in the workshop program. Please visit our for more information. Webpage