I'm a researcher at Microsoft Research working in the areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, and Computational Social Science.
Currently, I'm working with colleagues to develop a new research initiative in the area of Urban Innovation. Broadly speaking, we seek to produce science and technology for a rapidly urbanizing world. We're pursuing two initial projects in this space. The first explores the development and deployment of low-cost environmental sensors for measuring urban pollution at a hyper-local scale. The second project aims to build an urban data infrastructure for producing new societal insights from various streams of city data. These are still early efforts, so look for updates from me on these two initiatives soon!
In my first few years at Microsoft, I was focused on building intelligent systems that explore the future of work and productivity. I co-led the research team that developed Calendar.help, a human- and AI-powered conversational assistant that lets people delegate their meeting scheduling needs to a virtual assistant over email. After transfering Calendar.help to Outlook, I worked on Tilda, a Slack plugin for helping teams collaboratively summarize their discussions.
I'm also interested in social computing that leverages geospatial or physical affordances, especially in urban environments. Past projects in this area include Livehoods, Journeys & Notes, and Curated City.