285 million people in this world are visually impaired in some way. 90% of the them live in developing countries. Unfortunately, today’s prolific and glamorous technological revolution focuses little towards these group of people with limited purchasing ability and varying needs. Being a citizen of a developing country and irresistibly fascinated by the increasing capabilities of computers, I always wondered — how significantly is the invincible science and powerful technology contributing to the lives of these people? I am interested in using computing technology to make positive impact on humans’ lives. I want my work to enlighten the underprivileged ones with knowledge and opportunity.
My research interest is in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), specially applied to the field of accessible computing. I am particularly attracted in building assistive solutions for people with visual impairments by leveraging techniques from Computer Vision and Machine Learning. I work with Dr. Amy Hurst and Dr. Shaun Kane in The Prototyping And Design (PAD) lab to push the boundaries of science and to touch the lives of people.
Jun 2013: My first full paper got accepted in ASSETS’13 :)
Jun 2013: Joined as a PhD student in UMBC and moved to Baltimore, MD
Oct 2012: Attended ASSETS 2012 to show a demo on FEPS. Read my experience here.
Aug 2012: Back in Memphis
Jul 25th 2012: Yeayyy … my FEPS demo has been accepted in ASSETS ’12
Jun 2012: Moving to San Jose, CA for Internship in Ebay.
Oct 2011: I have attended the ACII conference. Read my experience here.
Aug 2011: Achieved my Masters Degree.