I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University working under the guidance of Dr. Yaser Sheikh. As part of my research, I am currently leading the infrastructure, hardware and software development of a eleven Kinect for Windows camera setup that has been incorporated into the existing 500 camera Panoptic Studio. I also developed a hardware based system to synchronize the multi-Kinect system. The multi-Kinect system is currently being used for capturing dynamic social scenes.
My research interests lie in developing large scale infrastructures for capturing multi-sensor data for understanding human behavior. My doctoral dissertation developed a fully automated system for triaging problem reports. The written word represents only one of the modalities used by humans in their everyday actions. During my PhD, I was also involved in quantifying the effects of habituation in behavioral biometrics, such as keystroke and touch dynamics. By building a multi-sensor environment, we can begin understanding human behavior through a diverse set of modalities, such as movement, speech, facial expressions. In doing so we can answer questions such as how do humans habituate themselves to specific tasks.
I obtained my Ph.D. from West Virginia University under the advice of Dr. Bojan Cukic in July 2014. Prior to this, I obtained my B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2004 and completed my M.S. in Computer Science in 2006 under Dr. Supratik Mukhopadhyay. I also hold a Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics.
I have always had a great passion for teaching, from as early as high school when I would tutor my peers. Much of my time in during my undergraduate years was spent as a tutor, assisting students with homeworks and exams in subjects such as mathematics and computer science. To explore my desire for teaching, I spent the first six semesters of my Ph.D. being an instructor for the CS 101 undergraduate course Introduction to Computer Applications.
I started and managed my own consulting business from 2004 to 2011. During this time, I assisted several small businesses in the greater Washington DC, Pittsburgh and Clarksburg area by designing and maintaining their websites as well as their virtual presence through search optimization.