About

I am a researcher in the Productivity group at Microsoft Research, Redmond. My primary research interests are in Attention Management for Multitasking Domains. Currently I am focusing on Microproductivity and Distraction management in Automotive environments.

I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. I received a Masters in Computer Science from the same university in 2005 and a Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2001.

Projects

Microproductivity

As people’s time becomes increasingly fragmented, getting tasks accomplished becomes more and more challenging. In this project we are investigating ways of decomposing larger tasks into smaller microtasks that leverage the micromoments that exist sporadically during a person’s day. Our goal is to provide new ways of accomplishing smaller goals that contribute towards larger productivity, instead of setting aside large chunks of uninterrupted time. Currently, we are focusing on writing as potential domain where microtasks…

Productivity and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Established: January 1, 2012

As a leader in the productivity tools space, Microsoft is well positioned to make positive impact on people's well being by designing tools to encourage healthier life styles that also positively affect productivity and lower stress. Our team of researchers has been investigating how online and offline social interactions of information workers affect their productivity and sense of wellbeing. We have also looked at patterns of sleep, diet and exercise and overall healthiness as well as…

Technology for Enhancing Conversations

Established: January 1, 2011

Face to face or remote conversations can sometimes be challenging, be it for the language barriers or because of lack of topics that may keep a conversation smoothly flowing. We look at technology solutions to help enhance conversations across a number of projects, including translating utterances seamlessly from one language to another and helping people find conversation topics of mutual interest based on prior context or existing context on the internet.

IntelliDrive – Intelligent Management of Attention in Automotive Environments

Established: January 1, 2009

Driver attention is a valuable commodity in maintaining driving safety. However, with the proliferation of many interactive devices that place demands on the driver's attention while driving, effectively allocating attention with the primary goal of managing driving safety presents substantial challenges. With the promise of having semi-autonomous vehicles on the road in the near future followed by a transition to fully autonomous vehicles, we are entering an exciting period of exploration and understanding how drivers adapt to unpredictable demands…

Publications

2017

2016

2015

The Activity Platform
Helen Wang, Alexander Moshchuk, Michael Gamon, Mona Haraty, Shamsi Iqbal, Eli T. Brown, Ashish Kapoor, Chris Meek, Eric Chen, Yuan Tian, Jaime Teevan, Mary Czerwinski, Susan Dumais, in USENIX 15th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS XV), May 8, 2015, View abstract, Download PDF

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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.

Background

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.