I am a researcher at Tableau Software, working in the Visual Analysis Team. Previously, I worked as a principal research scientist at Nokia Research Center for 7+ years. I graduated from Northwestern University in 2005 with a Ph.D. in computer graphics. I enjoy doing natural language processing (NLP) and computer graphics research with an emphasis on practicality and usefulness to better facilitate tasks performed with a computational device. My work has involved ideation, prototyping and evaluating novel user interfaces for both mobile and desktop platforms in the following main areas:

1) Data semantics, information visualization and iconography.

2) Cross device and multimodal interaction using gestures and sensors.

3) Map navigation and automotive interfaces.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, June 2005. Dissertation Title: Optimizing Computer Imagery for Visual Communication. Advisor: Professor Bruce Gooch

Master of Science Computer Science, June 2004. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, with honors, December 2000. Bangalore Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India.