Background

Born in the Land of tandoori chicken, naan bread, samosas, and biryani. My name is derived from a Sanskrit word – समर्थ (pronounced as Sam + earth) meaning Lord Krishna; A powerful man; one who is efficient.

Education

I hold a Thesis-based Masters degree from the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Previously I hold a bachelor's degree in Computer Science Engineering from India.

Research Work

I have a passion for designing, developing and evaluating emerging technologies to support everyday social computing and computer-supported collaboration for distance separated people (generative, formative, and evaluative).
In short, I design and develop cool things. Have a look at my projects and publications.

In my spare time...

When I’m not working you can find me in the gym, squash court, running, experimenting with coffee, hacking/tinkering my gadgets, or watching war movies.

How I like to work

I think analytically and creatively. I use my creative and analytical side of the brain to solve any challenging problem. I consider myself to be naive, this allows me to look at old problems with a fresh pair of eyes and come up with viable solutions that might have been ignored.

An amazing storyteller. Just like a film director, I can invariably pitch and showcase my design to clients and stakeholders; by telling stories of my work and how it is going to change the world.

A cross-functional team member. It’s not just about having great ideas, it’s about making those ideas a reality. I believe in taking ideas from the head across the team and sketching them out to have a shared understanding among team members to receive and also give a constructive and affirmative feedback.

An iterative mindset. I work with an iterative approach trying to do my best with the information I have, checking how successful I was, and using this information to take another, more educated stab at it. Being a researcher and developer, iteration has been a critical part of my academic & professional growth.

A collaborative player. Bringing a team into play mode is key for it to create groundbreaking work. Collaboration and communication come naturally to me. I can moderate, facilitate and lead whenever required to create a good team.

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Friends/Collaborators
I enjoy collaborating with diverse and cross-functional teams.

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C-lab Christmas Party

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Firefly Team, Infosys (I used to lead this team)

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Westpac Team members, Infosys

Sketching & Photography
I enjoy sketching and currently learning photography.

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City Palace, Udaipur

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Deoria Tal(Lake), Uttranchal

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Mind Rocks Logo Winner @India Today Conclave

Travel
I love to travel and explore different countries and their food.

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The Louvre, Paris

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Lost Lake, Whistler, Vancouver

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Senso-Ji Temple, Japan