I am a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Washington, advised by Ranjay Krishna. I find language and its effect on people and society, fascinating; and I like building user interfaces. This means, research-wise, I often find myself working on problems in the intersection of natural language processing (NLP) and human-computer interaction (HCI).
Most of my research has revolved around understanding the inclusionary aspects of NLP systems that we build. For example, my previous works have found that NLP systems have positionalities that make them not work well for the broader population, eventually marginalizing communities such as those who speak "low resource" languages. In a recent study, we found that inclusion not only benefits the society, but also has the potential to improve performance of NLP systems, ultimately contributing to AI progress.
I also spend time thinking about and designing seamless human-computer interactions. This is mostly manifested in the form of user interfaces, some of which are now part of Firefox, Bugzilla, & other open-source projects, published as research papers, or simply ended up as fun side projects. I believe we still have a long way to go in figuring out naturalistic interactions. Some of my thoughts on this topic is covered in a recent tutorial we gave at EMNLP 2023.