Master of Human Computer Interaction + Design, University of Washington, Seattle
2017-2018 GPA: 3.9/4
BTech. in Information and Communication Technology, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Ahmedabad
2012-2016 CGPA: 3.51/4
- Focus Groups
- Design Evaluation
- Ethnographic Research
- Task Analysis
- Contextual Inquiry
- Semi-structured Interview
- Data Analysis
- Experiment Design
- Collaborative Ideation
- Wire framing
- Flow Diagramming
- Data Visualization
- Rapid Prototyping
- Spec Work
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Premiere Pro
Technology and Programming
- Machine Learning and NLP
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- HTML 5
- CSS 3
UX Researcher and Product Designer @ The Seattle Times
March 2018 - August 2018
Conducting semi-structured interviews, ethnographic research, cultural probes
and futures workshops to understand local news consumption habits/trends,
participatory journalism and paywall encounters. The goal is to distill insights in
order to design a novel news reading experience.
UX Research Intern @ HTC Creative Labs
January 2018 - March 2018
Recruited participants. Designed and conducted surveys, interviews, think aloud sessions and usability tests for the HTC Vive Pro Virtual Reality Headset. Created affinity boards, coded interviews and distilled insights
Founder & Product Designer @ Startup Kahinee: A Rural Healthcare Initiative using Voice Assisted Services
November 2015 - August 2016
The goal was to provide medical awareness to uneducated under-privileged women through story-telling and local folklore. Conducted user research, built user persona, ideated the free Voice Assisted Mobile Service, collected user feedback on the idea using focus groups, developed content and built a prototype service that collected cloud-based call data for analysis and potential automated learning based enhancements.
UX Researcher and Product Designer @ Genesis Artificial Intelligence Pvt. Ltd.
June 2016 - April 2017
Worked on the design and development of chat-bots customized for different applications and user groups. Involved in user research, software development using artificial intelligence algorithms and user-interface development.
UX Researcher and Product Designer @ Awaaz.De and 'Teach for India'
May 2015 - July 2015
Worked at Awaaz.De, Ahmedabad on the design of a mobile-based community network for resolution of concerns and questions of “Teach for India (TFI)” fellows and municipal school teachers. Carried out user survey and analysis, designed audio scripts for teachers’ training modules, and conducted pilot testing.
Detecting Carcinogenicity of Chemical Compounds on DNA using Machine Learning
Worked with the Sasaki dataset having data about the carcinogenicity of chemical compounds on DNA of different organs of rats. Interacted with toxicologists to understand it in depth. For this, I used linear and non-linear regression models to understand, assess and explain the relationships between the affected DNA's tail length and the chemical compounds in question. These relationships were then used to predict the aforementioned missing data. Selected amongst 6 contestants chosen globally in Professor Andrew Ng’s #LearnML contest. Article Link: https://blog.coursera.org/post/135215105522/andrew-ng-announces-winners-of-learnml-contest#_=_
Data for Improved Governance - DIG (MIT & Ahmedabad University)
I am working for Dr. Chintan Vaishnav (Professor, MIT’s Sloan School of Management) and Xiaoyuan "Charlene" Ren (Graduate student of Technology and Policy Program, MIT) for their research project. The project, titled "India Water Quality and Sanitation Monitoring: Interactions and Gaps of Monitoring Systems", aims to explore inter-linkages between sanitation, water quality and health information, and then integrate them to improve decision-making in situations such as heath outbreaks caused by waterborne diseases. The research is in the context of Gujarat, India. I have recently worked on data collection and processing for the project, with the aim of building appropriate data models.
Machine Learning based Classification of Cyclin Proteins (Bio-Informatics)
Classified (in a team of 4) given protein sequences as Cyclin proteins or non-Cyclin proteins. The features used for classification were Amino Acids (20 features), Dipeptide bonds (400 features), Secondary Structure Composition (SSC), Position Specific Substitution Matrix (PSSM) Composition and Hybrid composition. Used Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifiers for this purpose with Linear, Polynomial, RBF and Sigmoidal kernels.
Study of Behavioral Patterns of People at Venture Studio (A startup incubation centre) (Ethnography)
Observed, interviewed and analyzed founders, employees and mentors, along with their working styles, of a variety of startups at Venture Studio, Centre for Innovative Business Design, Ahmedabad University, India. Derived patterns and implications about the behavior and working styles of these people at such start-ups.
Face Detection & Tracking in Video Streaming (Machine Learning + Big Data Algorithms & Optimization)
Studied and implemented a number of algorithms like Karhunen Loeve Transform (KLT), PCA and Camshift for real time face detection and tracking in live video streaming. Achieved Face Detection and Tracking in videos being streamed at up to 20 frames per second.
Aashro (Support) - Smart Home Android Based Model Device for the Elderly (Embedded Systems)
Developed (in a team of 2) a model low cost smart home device, operated by an Android application using Bluetooth, to control fans and lights. Bluetooth was chosen to reduce cost. This was targeted towards elderly users in developing countries like India. Used the AVR Atmega micro controller, designed to be installed at the switchboard to receive the desired signals from the Android application through Bluetooth and to accordingly control the switching of lights and fans as well as fan speed.
White Line Detector Robot (Analog Circuits & Systems)
Developed a white line detector robot using a Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) that alters its resistance based on the light reflected by the white line. This altered the current and, in turn, changed the individual motor speeds of the robot’s wheels.
Economical Compact Non-electrical Washing Machine Project (User Centred Design 2)
Worked (in a team of 4) with Mr. Coen Verneer, a design researcher from Holland, for his project on developing a low-cost compact washing machine that runs without electricity. The user group targeted was low-income households in India who have space as well as electricity problems. Designed a questionnaire and conducted user survey and analysis from field visits to a number of low budget households. This analysis was used in the development of the washing machine, Hyper Wash.
HTours - Elderly Virtual Travel Experience Project (User Centred Design 2)
This project aimed at creating a virtual travel experience for the elderly who are unable to travel because of health issues. Carried out detailed user analysis studying their health issues as well as preferred leisure activities and built user persona. Proposed a multi-sense audio-visual-smell-feel experience for this purpose and made a paper prototype of the same.
E-learning Game Design (User Centred Design 1)
Designed a game to teach fractions to Indian children in the age group of 4-12 using objects and scenarios from an Indian child's environment and culture. For example, scenarios of Indian markets and vendors cutting slices of fruits were used. Ideated the game through sketches and made paper prototypes.