My work challenges the interpretation of independence, an often used outcome metric in HCI and Accessibility research as self-reliance and explores the effects of a broadened concept of independence on technology design. To this end, I employ qualitative and design research methods to 1) Demonstrate how social, cultural, political, and economic factors and technology-use contexts shape people’s ideas of independence 2) Examine how broadening designers’ conceptions of independence can result in accessible technologies that center the needs of people with visual impairments.
Areas of Interest
Information and Communication Technologies and Development
Honors and Awards
ACM CSCW 2018 - Best Paper Award
ACM CHI 2018 - Honorable Mention
M.S. in Information (University of Michigan - School of Information)
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science (M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology - Bangalore, India)