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 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 Student Background & Interests Form (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 Facebook for updates, including research opportunities, publications, and details on how to participate in our user studies.
Effects of Virtual Agent Gender on User Performance and Preference in a VR Training Program
Effects of Different Types of Correctness Feedback on Children's Performance with a Mobile Math App
Extending the Design Space of Tangible Objects via Low-Resolution Edge Displays
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August 4, 2018KYOS 1480 AM Community Conversations Radio Show host Roger Wood interviewed STEP Intern Anna-Maria Gueorguieva (El Capitan High School, Merced) on her experience working at the Human-Computer Interaction Group. Audio
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.
June 6, 2018 Had a great time at Grameenphone. 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.
May 31, 2018 I had a great time teaching and participating in the ACM SIGCHI Summer School on Research Methods and Approaches to Text Entry and Other Interaction Techniques at IIT Bombay. 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.
April 5, 2018 Received a Research Grant through the Academic Senate Faculty Research Grants Program at UC Merced.