I am currently an associate professor of Computer Science, at the School of Information Technology, Illinois State University. My area of research is computer graphics and its interdisciplinary applications. The main emphasis of my research is to devise algorithms that solve problems related to visual computing using intuitive and smart interactivity. I am also interested in investigating the use of computer graphics as a medium and tool to increase interest and facilitate STEM education. Of late I am increasingly interested in how and whether multi-modal interactivity (often made possible by mobile smart devices) can be used to solve modeling and visualization problems more quickly.
I completed my doctorate in Computer Science from University of Minnesota at Twin Cities in August 2008. My doctoral dissertation was in the area of interactive computer graphics and its applications to computer-based design and art. I was advised by Dr. Baoquan Chen. Earlier, I completed a Masters degree in computer science in August 2006 at the same place. Before that I received my Bachelors degree in Computer Technology from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, affiliated to University of Mumbai in India. It is here that I received my foundational education, found my deep-rooted interest in programming and computer graphics, and fostered some life-long friendships.
Besides my job, I love music and going to movies (both mostly pertaining to Bollywood movies) and long walks not necessarily on the beach (contemplating everything under the sun). The above sentence also gives away my occasional attempts at being humorous. I am a professor at work but a student at home, learning how to enjoy the little things in life from my wife and our little ones.