I am a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. My research explores mixed-initiative collaboration in creative domains like data visualization, and web design. My latest research project aims to build hybrid crowd-AI collaboration for generating simplified, biologically meaningful, mechanistic visualizations of biological networks. I am interested in AI/ML/algorithms that can help humans without removing their ability to make novel contributions. Overall, my research interests involve Human Computer Interaction, UX Research, Graph Algorithms, Machine Learning, and Computational Biology. I am currently advised by Dr T.M. Murali and Dr. Kurt Luther.
I received my Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani in 2013. After my undergraduate, I worked as a Software Engineer at PayPal for two years. Due to my initial training as a Software Engineer, I am quick to learn and use cutting edge technologies as part of my research projects.
I have worked on various technologies like Python, Java, SQL, MongoDB, ElasticSearch, Kibana, Android and iOS. I love contributing to open source and have been a mentoring in Google Summer of Code program for the last two years.
I am planning to graduate in Spring 2020 and looking for future opportunities where I can do UX research and apply my experience in building human-AI collaborative systems.