© 2017 by Bala Kumaravel

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Resume

Education

PhD in Computer Science - University of California, Berkeley, CA   2017-
Research domain: Human-Computer Interface
Advisor: Björn Hartmann


 
B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering - Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India             2012-2016
Bachelor’s Thesis: IoT enabled CNC milling machine
GPA: 9.18/10

Skills

Programming: C, C++, Python, JavaScript, C#, HTML, CSS, MATLAB, G-Codes
Development: Arduino, Atmel & TI MCUs, HoloLens, Android, iOS, RaspberryPi (and related)
Software: Eagle PCB Design, Solidworks, AutoCAD, CREO, Unity
Others: CNC Machines, PCB Mills, 3D Printing, Laser cutting, Photoshop & Illustrator, LaTeX
 

Selected Coursework

  • Interactive Device Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Foundations of Operations Research
 
  • Research topics – HCI
  • Algorithmic Human-robot Interaction
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Design of electro-mech devices

Selected Recent Projects

  • Loki: Facilitating Remote Instruction of Physical Tasks Using Bi-Directional Mixed-Reality Telepresence     At Autodesk | Mentors: Fraser Anderson, George Fitzmaurice, Tovi Grossman, Bjoern Hartmann        Dec'18-Apr'18  Contributed a design space  that  explores  real-time  bi-directional mixed-reality based remote training of physical tasks. Developed  a  real-time  bi-directional  depth-capture based mixed-reality telepresence system and associated set  of  interaction  techniques that help users navigate across the contributed design space. Will be presented at UIST 2019                                                                                                                         
  • TutoriVR: A video-based tutorial system for design applications in VR                                             At Adobe Research, UC Berkeley | Mentors: Cuong Nguyen, Stephen DiVerdi, Bjoern Hartmann          May'18-Sep'18  Develop VR-embedded tutorial system that supplements video tutorials with 3D and contextual aids directly in the user’s VR environment to help with learning design applications in VR. Presented at CHI 2019
  • AR Mediated Human Drone Interaction at UC Berkeley                                                            Current
    Solving problem of navigation with drones in a shared human-drone environment using Microsoft HoloLens
  • IoT enabled CNC machine at IIT Madras & Massachusetts Institute of Technology     Jul'15-May'16
    Developed an Internet enabled CNC milling machine capable of real-time control and data acquisition
 
 
  • Voice User Interface Design at UC Berkeley                                                                           Spring '17
    Designed VUI for Amazon Alexa for some specific use-case scenarios – First Aid, Recipe app, Mood Diary
 
  • Machine Field data analysis and Prediction at Advanced Research, Caterpillar India      Winter'15 
    Optimized the performance of caterpillar excavators through data driven analytics of the various machine operations

Publications

Scholastic Achievements

Positions of responsiblity

  • Core, Events, Shaastra 2016 (Annual Technical Festival of IIT Madras, ISO9001:2000 Certified)     2015-2016
    Spearheaded a team of about 200 members towards carrying out 55 top quality events and tech workshop
  • Core and Head of Electronics Club, Centre For Innovation (Student run Makerspace of IITM) 2014-2015                                                                                                                                                   Mentored & Facilitated training of over 300 students in the fields of Electronics and Robotics through various student projects
 

Voluntary and Extra-Curricular Activities