About

I'm a graduate student in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University, and I'm part of the Princeton HCI group, the Princeton Security & Privacy group and the Center for Information Technology and Policy (CITP).

I do research in privacy and security from a human factors perspective, and I work with Marshini Chetty.

I graduated with a M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 where I was part of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL). Before that, I graduated with a B.Tech.in Computer Engineering from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal in 2012.

Outside of academic endeavors, I can be found following Arsenal Football Club at a fanatical pace.


Research

Improving the User Experience of Software Updates

Users may not install security-related software updates which may open up their device to exploitation by attackers. In this paper, we first investigate users’ current software updating habits in a formative study. We use these insights to develop and evaluate an interactive prototype to improve the user experience around updating using the think-aloud protocol.

Mobile Users’ Data Usage Practices in South Africa

Because mobile data costs in South Africa are high, they can impact how users manage their data connections and experience the Internet. In this study, we conducted a large-scale survey, multiple interviews and tracked actual data usage on smartphones in South Africa. We found that not only are users cost-conscious but they also employ a variety of techniques to optimize data and costs.

An Empirical Study of License Violations in Open Source Projects

The use of Open Source Software (OSS) components in building applications has presented the challenge of integrating such that the licenses of the individual components do not conflict with each other and if applicable, the overall license of the application. In this study, we conducted a large scale empirical analysis of 1423 open source projects from Google Code project hosting. We examined the causes of all reported violations and suggested possible ways to resolve them.

Offline Wikipedia Browser for Low-Cost Phones

Despite the tremendous growth of the Internet, many users still poses low-end phones and have limited connectivity. To serve the needs of such users we designed and built an offline Wikipedia browser aimed at low-cost mobile phones in the developing world. We demonstrated our reader on Schools-Wikipedia, a version of Wikipedia having ≈ 5500 articles and ≈ 72000 images.