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ravi karkar +1.862.252.0242



Interaction designer (IxD) specializing in information visualization and ubiquitous computing, with an interest in disruptive ideas and a passion for user research.


Education Georgia Institute of Technology – M.S. in Computer Science Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Specialization 3.87/4.0 GPA

Gujarat University – B.S. in Computer Engineering 3.79/4.0 GPA

Atlanta, Georgia Aug 2011 – Dec 2012 Gujarat, India Sep 2007 – Jun 2011

Work Graduate Research Assistant - Ubiquitous Computing Lab, GVU, Georgia Tech

Aug 2012 – Present Designing and developing autistic students’ data collection solution. The application will support creation and tracking of custom educational and behavioral goals for each student.

Graduate Research Assistant - Synaesthetic Media Lab, GVU, Georgia Tech Aug 2011 – Dec 2011 Investigated classroom collaboration behaviors through in-situ observation and designed equivalent translated interactions on a tabletop surface. Explored identification of multiple individuals during tabletop use. Intern - Countandra, Ahmedabad, India

Jan 2011 – Apr 2011 Implemented monitoring module for Cassandra Distributed Database monitoring tool using Hector API, ZK and JMX. The module supported monitoring network statistics, bootstapping, ring management and Node functions.

Key Projects Autism Data Gathering and Visual Analytics - Georgia Tech, Master’s Project Advisor: Dr. Gregory Abowd & Dr. John Stasko

Jan 2012 - Present

Working in collaboration with The Center for Discovery to facilitate their needs in following areas: Activity Sensing: Deploying on-body sensors to gather activity and sleep data. Building Visual Analytics tool: To summarize, explore and make sense of all patient data being collected at the center.

Workout+ - Georgia Tech, Supervisor: Dr. Jim Foley

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012 A new take on workout apps. Administered study & performed primary qualitative data analysis for the project. Assisted in survey & interview material, created design alternatives and evaluation protocol.

Tabletop Data Visualization - Georgia Tech, Supervisor: Dr. John Stasko

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011 Developed interactive visualization on a tabletop surface using tangibles. Contributed in storyboarding, visualization mockups, prototyping and hardware calibration and documentation.

JavaScript jQuery D3js Processing

Skills User Experience Design User Centered Design Prototyping Wireframing Mockups Scenario Generation Persona Generation Storyboarding Design Evaluation Contextual Inquiry Visualization Design Visual Analytics

Tools Visual Studio Dreamweaver SPSS Illustrator

Balsamiq MS Visio Axure Paper

Key Courses Human-Comp. Interaction Ubiquitous Computing Information Visualization Principles of UI Software Psyc Stats for HCI Creativity and Cognition Game Design Computational Journalism

Interests Design Photography Social Work Hiking Soccer Cycling Movies & Music


Sep 2011 - Dec 2011 Developed a gesture based 3D workspace scenario featuring contextual help in 3D interactions. Contributed in designing scenario NUI and created the user study.

Over 2 years of social work. Volunteer and Project Leader in ‘YUVA Unstoppable’ (NGO).

Interactive Storytelling - Georgia Tech, Supervisor: Dr. Keith Edwards

Defense Captain of college Soccer team.

3D GEM - Georgia Tech, Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Abowd

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011 Re-invented the volvelle (wheelchart) to use it as a navigation medium in dynamic storytelling. Developed the interface, interaction, navigation logic and coded the application.

Ravi Resume  

updated resume for portfolio