I joined the graduate program of CMU on August 2016.

In the past, I completed my masters in Europe studying at both Technische Universität Berlin and Université Paris-Sud . While in Europe I worked as a research assistant in Aviz (Analytics and Visualization Lab) with Pierre Dragicevic and at HCI lab in HPI (Hasso-Plattner Institute) with Patrick Baudisch and Stefanie Mueller.

After my masters, I moved to Technologies for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India where I worked with Bill Thies and Ed Cutrell as a Research Fellow.

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Saiganesh Swaminathan
Saiganesh Swaminathan, Thijs Roumen, Robert Kovacs, David Stangl, Stefanie Mueller and Patrick Baudisch
In proceedings of [CHI'16] (Paper)
For visually impaired users, making sense of spatial information is difficult as they have to scan and memorize contents before being able to analyze it. Even worse, any update to the displayed contents invalidates their spatial memory, which can force them to manually rescan the entire display. Making display contents persist, we argue, is thus the highest priority in designing a sensemaking system for the visually impaired. We present a tactile display system based on a 3D printer that is designed with this goal in mind. [more coming soon]
Saiganesh Swaminathan
Benjamin V. Hanrahan, Jutta K. Willamowski,Saiganesh Swaminathan, and David B. Martin
In proceedings of [CHI'15] (Note)
Crowdworkers face a numerous challenges in turking in online labor markerts. We built a tool TurkBench that provides workers with a personalized market visualization and session management to help them navigate the market efficiently.[more coming soon]
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Saiganesh Swaminathan, Conglei Shi, Yvonne Jansen, Pierre Dragicevic, Lora Oehlberg, Jean-Daniel Fekete.
In proceedings of [CHI'14] (Full paper)
An increasing variety of physical visualizations are being built. However, crafting them remains a laborious process and demands expertise in both data visualization and digital fabrication. We present the MakerVis prototype, the first tool that integrates the whole workflow, from data filtering to physical fabrication.[more coming soon]
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  • Here is a link to my CV