I am an HCI and ICTD (information communication technologies and development) researcher, currently leading forward-looking research on under-represented communities at the Next Billion Users team at Google. Some of my projects include:
- Gender Equity Online to create equitable technology for women (for e.g., only 29% of Indian Internet users are women–how can technology do better?).
- Google Station high-quality Wi-Fi for emerging markets.
- Datally mobile data management app to help prepaid users (also see SmartBrowse)
- Frameworks for technology design for emerging markets, Build for Billions, Google Design NBU collection, and Google I/O talks.
- Global accessibility design guidance: part 1, part 2, part 3.
I graduated with a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine and an MS from Georgia Tech. My Ph.D. was funded by an ICS Dean’s fellowship and Google Anita Borg scholarship. I have interned at Microsoft Research India in Bangalore, Nokia Research Center in Tampere, and IBM TJ Watson Research Center in Hawthorne.
My research aims to empower new technology users with increased autonomy and fairness. My work brings expertise and insightfulness that is a source of solving hard, socially important design and technical problems for next billion users. I have worked on technology platforms in the domains of Wi-Fi access, energy infrastructure, prepaid data apps, caching platforms, crisis response, charitable giving, and civic engagement.
Photo credit: David Hutchful