Skills and Interests
User Experience Research
User-Centered Software Development
Redesign Account Management Workflow
This project gave me a wonderful opportunity for interaction with the users, having them involved in each and every step of the design and implementation process. It required a good amount of domain knowledge to come to the same page as the users. This experience gave me a lot of insight into user-centered design.
Data Vendor Platform Migration
May 2013-Aug 2013
I worked on a market data platform for this project. Market data is provided by multiple vendors and this project dealt with a Japanese market data vendor. The big IT tasks in the project encompassed assessment of the effect of vendor platform migration on the downstream systems consuming the data, creation of a data check framework to ascertain the sanity of data pre and post migration and collaborating with vendors along with the business users of the data.
Creation and Configuration of Quantitative Models
Feb 2013-April 2013
I was part of a quantitative investment strategies team in a finance giant. The mainstream of a quant shop are models that predict trades and optimize portfolios. Every quant shop has its own way of implementing these models. The timing and correctness of implementation of these models plays a critical role in revenue generation. I worked on two model implementation and configuration projects and released them successfully. Driven by my own interest I read a book on quant shops "Inside the Black Box" by Rishi K. Narang that gave me a really good theoretical understanding of the basics of quantitative trading.
Projects Outside Work and Class
Supporting patients' information needs in emergency departments
April 2014 - Present
With this research project, I aim to study the opportunities for technical intervention in an Emergency Department(ED) focusing on delivering information seeking solutions to patients that can lead to an improved experience of the care process. So far this project has given me an opportunity to delve deep into the field of technology for patient engagement. I have learned the intricacies of qualitative study. I have been performing observations & patient shadowing, contextual inquiry and interviews with patients to obtain a bigger picture of patient experience in ED. I further aim to investigate the breakdowns in the care process and finding technical solutions to those breakdowns along with suggesting improvements in the current system design.
Dishcovery - The food discovery app
June 2014 - August 2014
I wireframes an android app for location based food search app. This project was undertaken to help a startup and is still in its infancy. It gave me an opportunity to engage into iterative designing wherein I created the basic wireframes, brainstormed with the team about functional feedback, revisited the prototype to deliver another iteration of wireframes. I used indigo studio as the prototyping to create basic interactive prototypes. The current state of prototype has resulted from 4 iterations of the design ideas. This project helped me apply my creative and technical aptitude altogether to deliver a simple looking yet complicated app. Though revealing the entire prototype will be a confidentiality violation, here is a sneak peak into what the basic idea looks like.
Quantifying Domain Experience in Github
April 2014 - June 2014
This was a class project towards completion of the course Software Environments. I studied the dynamics of open source development environments and analyzed the data of GitHub. The project aimed at quantifying relative experience of developers in the GitHub community in a given domain. Through this project I learned the intricacies of topic modeling and used it to analyze the data. Interpretation of the topic models provided insight into the activity of developers. The results can provide transparency into the work of developers in the community. Given that it was a research project, this project gave me an opportunity to delve deep into the area of open source communities and mining software repositories.
Utilizing off-the-shelf components for community based end water use monitoring
April 2014 - June 2014
This project gave me the opportunity to undertake a DIY style approach towards creating a set up for monitoring and publishing water usage. I used a combination of Arduino(Intel Galilieo) board and freeboard.io to capture water flow rate from a turbine based water flow meter and published it to freeboard to monitor real time status of water flow. The project also resulted in a generic architecture that can be used to develop eco feedback technology for conservation of resources.
The Electronic Medical Records: Information driven collaboration
January 2014 - March 2014
Due to my interest in medical informatics and design of information systems, I performed research over EMR(electronic medical records). The two research classes of Human Computer Interaction and Computer Supported Collaborative Work gave me an opportunity to reflect on EMR in conjunction with the technology driven work practices of medical organizations. Through a combination of previous research on EMR and theories of HCI and CSCW, I produced originally written high quality papers discussing opportunities for design improvements in EMRs to make them fit in the ecosystem of medical organization and workflow.
Mobile Learning-User Interfaces Design and Evaluation
September 2013 - December 2013
This was a class project for the course named User Interface Design and Evaluation. Primary focus of the project was to perform user research for potential usage environments of a mobile learning app for UCI Distance Learning Center and make design recommendations to the developers on top of the Moodle mobile app. This project gave me an opportunity to create surveys and analyze results, conduct user interviews, engineer requirements based on user data, brainstorm for prototype design and perform a task based focus group for usability testing of the prototype.
Skill Prediction in GitHub
October 2013 - December 2013
I undertook this project for the course named Software Engineering. The aim of the project was to create something of utility using the GitHub data posted as a part of MSR Challenge 2014. I, along with two of my classmates, created a reputation model for GitHub by defining developer skill using developer activity from GitHub data provided to us. We compared the developer skill profile generated by our model with the endorsements those developer have on LinkedIn to verify the accuracy of our model. A manifestation of this model in the form of a tool can be used by recruiters to hire new talent. The GitHub community can use the results from this model to foster trust amongst the developers based on verifiable skill set. I aim to submit this work to a software engineering conference and continue to refine my work.