I'm Vasanth — a graduate student, programmer and designer living in Vancouver.
This site is both a portfolio and a web blog of sorts. It is my one place for sharing, advertising and archiving what I do.
I'm a graduate student in the Imager Laboratory for Graphics, Visualization and Human-Computer Interaction at the Department of CS, University of British Columbia. My research, supervised by Dr. Kellogg Booth, explores the perceptual aspects of virtual reality setups through Fitts-law-style target acquisition and multiple object tracking tasks.
I graduated with a bachelors in CS from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. My research interests were (and still are, in part) machine learning and text mining.
A Fitt's law experiment in my lab.
I spend my nights coding, writing and otherwise working
in a caffeine-fueled frenzy in my lab. I tend to work in short and efficient bursts; the time in between them, I often spend elisp-ing Emacs, writing LaTeX classes or tweaking my CSS files to satisfaction. These gobble up time like nothing else.
Depending on the weather, I like to snowboard (when it snows), windsurf (in summer, with winds of 10 knots or more), bike, hike, or run (in most conditions). When it's not raining, which is quite rare in Vancouver, I take my camera with me around the city and shoot. You can see some of my photographs here.
Vancouver, the most beautiful city I've seen yet.
I graduate with a master's in CS/HCI in August 2012; following which, I plan to find work as a developer. I come with a strong background in computer science, experience in developing with several languages and environments, and the ability to pick up new ones quickly enough.
Particularly, I'd love to design and develop front-end-centered applications — where a lot of attention is given to how people perceive and use them. I'm certain that my know-how in HCI and UX will help me do this effectively.
If you're interested, give me a shout!