I am a Principal Researcher in the Information and Data Sciences group at Microsoft Research AI, Redmond. My primary research expertise is in the area of Attention Management for Multitasking Domains. My work is motivated by the vision of transforming the field of productivity research in response to the changing technology landscape with an eye towards making people happy and satisfied with the process and the outcome. Currently I am focusing on how productivity is defined in the new era of multitasking and distraction, introducing novel ways of being productive and determining metrics for evaluating productivity. More specifically, I develop experiences and technology that helps people maintain focus when needed, but at the same time introduce new concepts of getting things done in limited focus environments.

I received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. I received a Masters in Computer Science from…






Research Interests

My primary interest is in helping humans improve productivity in environments where many demands on their attention present conflicting challenges. I am currently working on addressing multitasking problems in domains where people have to divide attention among many tasks and maintain performance at the same time.

I am also interested in technology for task management in mobile scenarios, HCI and health care, and ICT4D.


I completed my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2008, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, supervised by Professor Brian Bailey. I earned a Masters degree in Computer Science from the same institution in 2005 and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2001.

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