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Saiganesh Swaminathan,Jonathon Fagert, Michael Rivera, Andrew Cao, Gierad Laput, Haeyoung Noh, and Scott E. Hudson.
In proceedings of [UBICOMP'20] (to appear)
Saiganesh Swaminathan, Michael L. Rivera, Runchang Kang, Zheng Luo, Kadri B. Ozutemiz, and Scott E. Hudson.
In proceedings of [UBICOMP'19] (to appear)
Saiganesh Swaminathan, Kadri Bugra Ozutemiz, Carmel Majidi, and Scott Hudson
In proceedings of [CHI'19] (paper)
In this paper, we introduce a set of techniques we call FiberWire, which leverages a novel capability to 3D print mechanically strong and light weight carbon fiber composite objects with embedded circuitry and sensing function. We show a range of examples like a bicycle handle bar with interactive controls, a swing and impact sensing golf club and an interactive game controller. Please read paper for more details.
Saiganesh Swaminathan, Indrani Medhi Thies, Devansh Mehta, Edward Cutrell, Amit Sharma and Bill Thies
In proceedings of [CSCW'19] (paper)
Saiganesh Swaminathan
Saiganesh Swaminathan, Raymond Fok, Fanglin Chen, Ting-Hao (Kenneth) Huang, Irene Lin, Rohan Jadvani, Walter S. Lasecki, Jeffrey P. Bigham
In proceedings of [UIST'17] (Paper)
Email is more than just a communication medium. Email serves as an external memory for people—it contains our reservation numbers, meeting details, phone numbers, and more. Often, people need access to this information while on the go, which is cumbersome from mobile devices with limited I/O bandwidth. In this paper, we introduce WearMail, a conversational interface to retrieve specific information in email. WearMail is mostly automated but is made robust to information extraction tasks via a novel privacy-preserving human computation workflow. [more coming soon]
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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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 at various places in Europe such as the HCI lab at Hasso-Plattner Institut with Patrick Baudisch and Stefanie Mueller, Work Practice Technology group at Xerox Research, Analytics and Visualization (Aviz) lab at INRIA-Saclay with Pierre Dragicevic .

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

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