I am a Computing Innovation Fellow with Ed Chi (now at Google Research) and Peter Pirolli in the Augmented Social Cognition group at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). I am studying social question-answering and the broader topic of social search.

I received my Ph.D.
from the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Penn State University in May 2010. My Ph.D. dissertation, entitled Understanding Together: Sensemaking in Collaborative Information Seeking, was supervised by Madhu Reddy.

In the fall of 2009, I interned at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA with Danyel Fisher and Kori Inkpen in the VIBE group. I also spent the summer of 2008 at Microsoft Research, working with Merrie Morris in the Adaptive Systems and Interaction group.

My research interests broadly lie in the fields of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), healthcare informatics, collaborative and social Web search, and social computing. More specifically, I am interested in understanding and supporting collaborative information seeking, search, and sensemaking in small groups and on the Web. In my dissertation, I examined collaborative sensemaking, that is how people together understand information, during collaborative information seeking activities in two domains - healthcare and Web search.

I am especially interested in healthcare as a domain for studying issues of collaboration around information and have worked on several research projects at the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, a 500-bed teaching hospital in central PA.

I grew up in the 'Steel City' of Jamshedpur, India and completed my Bachelors in Computer Sciences and Engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology in India.


04/2011 Poster on social Q&A on Twitter was accepted to ICWSM 2011.

03/2011 My article with Merrie Morris on 'Sensemaking in Collaborative Web Search' is out in HCI journal. Impact factor for this journal is now 6.19!

02/2011 Our paper on crowdsourcing tweet classification for social Q&A was accepted to the CHI 2011 Crowdsourcing and Human Computation workshop.

02/2011 Participated in a panel on 'Assessing the practical impacts of healthcare research' at the iConference 2011.

12/2010 Attended the CIFellows meeting organized by the Computing Community Consortium in Arlington, VA. Agenda and slides here.

12/2010 Attended the CHI PC meeting in Univ of Maryland, College Park.

12/2010 Invited talk at IBM Almaden in their USER group.

11/2010 Panel on 'Assessing the Practical Impacts of Healthcare Research' with Aleksandra Sarcevic, Brian Hilligoss, Peter Scupelli accepted to iconference11.

11/2010 Our paper on coordination between emergency medical teams during crises management was awarded the 2010 Diana Forsythe award at AMIA 2010.

10/2010 Gave a talk on collaborative information seeking and sensemaking at the Intelligent Systems Lab at PARC.

09/2010 Started as a post-doc at PARC

07/2010 Named a Computing Innovation Fellow for 2010-2011 to be a post-doc with Ed. Chi at the Palo Alto Research Center.

05/2010 Walked in the Penn State spring commencement ceremony. I am now officially a Ph.D.!

02/2010 Presented paper on sensemaking in collaborative information seeking in the emergency department at CSCW 2010 in Savannah, GA.

01/2010 Attended Google GRAD CS Forum 2010 in San Francisco.

01/2010 Returned from a great internship with Danyel Fisher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA.

12/2009 Position paper accepted to the CSCW workshop on collaborative information seeking.

11/2009 Journal paper on healthcare simulation accepted to the Simulation Journal.

11/2009 Successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation!

07/2009: Full paper accepted to CSCW 2010 to be held in Savanah, GA. Update: Nominated for best paper award!

05/2009: Co-organized a workshop on Collaborative Information Behavior at GROUP 2009.

04/2009: Presented a full-paper and a workshop paper at CHI 2009.

04/2009: Our video, 'CHIstory', won the Golden Mouse Award for the Best Entertaining Video at the CHI 2009 Video Showcase. The video was featured on the FXPAL blog and is available on YouTube.

04/2009: CHI 09 paper co-authored with Merrie Morris on CoSense was mentioned on the Microsoft Research website.

02/2009: Submitted a journal paper with Merrie Morris on sensemaking in collaborative Web search to the HCI special issue on Sensemaking (Eds. Daniel Russell and Peter Pirolli)

12/2008: Full paper with Merrie Morris on collaborative sensemaking in Web search accepted to CHI 2009 to be held in Boston, MA. Update: Nominated for best paper award!

12/2008: Paper accepted to the Sensemaking workshop at CHI 2009 to be held in Boston, MA.

11/2008: Presented our paper at the Fall Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA '08) in Washington, DC.

11/2008: Attended CSCW 2008 in San Diego, CA as a student volunteer.

8/2008: Paper on ICTs for coordination between emergency department and EMS teams accepted by the International Journal of Medical Informatics

6/2008: News article showcases SearchTogether for which I developed an extension during the summer at MSR and mentions me!

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