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Panel speaker at VR for Good at TWIST360° Film Festival.
Augmented Reality solution for solving problems during Disaster Relief.
Machine Learning to analyze Phytoplankton from the Pacific.
Brainstorming session during the Crisis Clinic project.
Machine Learning and Data Visualization for network analysis.
Ethnography in Tahiti to study their Oral Traditions and Medicine.
PATH project on Maternal and Neonatal Health in India.


Hi, I’m AK.
I love building holistic solutions that empower.
 

Projects

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DisastARcons
Crisis Clinic Project
SafePath
Phytoplankton Trends
AfterParty
MRD for Leukemia
Memory Game
Maternal and Infant Mortality in rural India
Mind Palace
Ethnography in Tahiti
MyPS Bank
fMRI Brain Scan
Stock Market Swings Prediction
Infant Mortality in Africa
Textual Analysis
U-Surance
Solar System Simulation
LunarLander Project Management
Random UX Logs
 

Talks

Immersive Tech.

Mixed Reality solution for improving triage in disaster response, PIEP Conference, Tacoma, April, 2017.
Technology (VR) for Good panel at Twist 360° Festival, Seattle, 2016.
Mixed Reality product “DisastARcons” for improving disaster response, Immerse Summit, Seattle, 2016.
Virtual World Society’s mission of “VR for Good” at the VWS booth, Immerse Summit, Seattle, 2016.

AI

Discovery of new categories of Phytoplankton in the Pacific Ocean using Machine Learning, eScience Institute | UW, Seattle, 2015.
Overview of Scalable SQL and NoSQL Data Stores, University of Washington CSE, Seattle, May 2013.
Face Detection and Recognition, Technical Paper Presentation Competition, Computer Society of India, 2011.

Others

Applying UX Principles in Research Domains to improve community involvement, UW, Seattle, March, 2017.
Graphical Representation of Network Monitoring System,
Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, Mumbai, May 2012.
3D Data Storage
, Technical Paper Presentation Competition, ETSA, University of Mumbai, 2011.
Ad-hoc Networks and Distributed Computing, Seminar, PVPP, University of Mumbai, 2011.
Cloud Computing, Technical Paper Presentation Competition, CSI Student Chapter, University of Mumbai, 2009.

Recognition

Hackathons

Humanitarian Assistance Award – SEA-VR Hackathon IV (2016)
Honorable Mention –  SEA-VR Hackathon II (2015)

Judging

Virtual Reality projects in the Seattle area (2016)
Inter-college Technical Paper Presentation competitions at University of Mumbai (2011)
Inter-college Robotics competitions at University of Mumbai (2010-11)

Scholarships

Kick Incubator Seattle (2014) (Best Business Plan – MyPS Bank)
MSIM Dean’s Scholarship (’13-’14) (Merit based – awarded to 2 out of 80)

Best Paper Awards and Best Speaker Award

 (2009-12)
Cloud Computing
Face Detection & Recognition
3D Optical Data Storage

Publication

“Questioning Feedback: Improving Public Health Messaging” (ICTD 2013, Cape Town, South Africa)

Inter College Debates, Extempores and Speeches

Won 1st place in several of them (’06-’12)

Best Personality Award

University of Mumbai, 2012


Recommendations


“Throughout my professional career of 50 years, I have associated with some of the smartest and most visionary people in the world. AK is certainly one of these people. I have worked alongside AK for over a year in my roles as a professor and small high tech business owner. I believe there are several attributes that distinguish AK. He is driven by a mission to lift mankind through the masterful application of user interfaces, machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality. I have seen him weave these skills into a tapestry that does lift and inspire. In the classroom, he is a great teacher…one that not only can explain complex subjects clearly but also lead others to learn and embody those subjects because he cares. In the laboratory, he is able to disambiguate complex design issues (such as his contributions on my mind-bubble project), work on the essential components and then reassemble these components in an elegant and masterful design. On the business front he understands and applies the dynamics of creating value and profitability for enterprise. He is enthusiastic, full of energy, thoughtful and compassionate. Most importantly, he maintains the highest standards of personal integrity…people like AK give me hope for the future. “

Thomas A. Furness III
Professor, Inventor, Virtual Reality Pioneer, Entrepreneur
December 28, 2016, Tom managed Abhigyan directly
(Wikipedia)


 

“AK is a very intelligent, highly-engaged guy. I hired him as part of my team at RATLab LLC in October 2015 to work on usability and research tasks, and in this role he demonstrated himself to be self-directed, attentive to detail, and extremely focused on getting answers. AK’s work with the lab touched on a number of activities, including usability, design, teaching and research. He is a committed worker who strives to take ownership over the projects he works on and who maintains a broad range of interests beyond his technical work. He is a stimulating, enthusiastic, and interesting colleague and friend.”

Trond Nilsen
Entrepreneur, Researcher, Software Engineer
December 14, 2016, Trond managed Abhigyan directly


“I had the pleasure of working with AK, who was my primary point of contact with the Seattle VR Community and the VR pioneers of the Virtual World Society. His support was invaluable as we prepared to host the first ever virtual reality hackathon in Nigeria. AK was enthusiastic, knowledgable, proactive and indefatigable in his support. He was able to marshal resources, coordinate support and somehow always found time to respond in a timely manner to queries despite a busy schedule that involved teaching. He comes very highly recommended.”

Judith Okonkwo
Building a community of Virtual Reality content creators and enthusiasts
April 23, 2017, Judith worked with Abhigyan but at different companies


 

“I had the opportunity to work with Abhigyan Kaustubh on a quarter long Project Management simulation. AK routinely brought innovative ideas for problem solving and did an excellent job of managing elements of the simulation as well.”

Tyler Fruichantie
System Analyst II at Expeditors
February 24, 2013, Tyler and Abhigyan were students together


 

“I have known Abhigyan for over 4 years and he has always been inquisitive. He asks, assimilates, applies and amazes. In his quest for knowledge, Abhigyan has participated in numerous technical & non-technical events and won in most of them. His enthusiasm is infectious & attracts many to join in his endeavors. I wish Abhigyan a happy and successful professional life!”

Oindrila De
Business Analyst | Travel Blogger
October 23, 2012, Oindrila and Abhigyan were students together

About

I am Abhigyan Kaustubh, an AI + UX Generalist in the field of MR.

My goal is to evolve human experiences at individual and community level, sustainably.
I particularly enjoy working on things that are at fundamental level, from where positive domino effects can propagate across industries or communities.

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I tend to learn and apply whatever it takes to get there.

With regards to technology, I have applied my skills in User Experience (Research + Design), and Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Computer Vision) for most of my career.

For a while now, I have been applying some of these in the field of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality.

My Specialty:

Being able to think, gather resources, communicate, design and execute towards a vision at different levels of granularity.

This enables me in:

Developing vision, strategy and road map
Coordinating multiple teams from relevant disciplines to drive effective processes
Formulating & designing key product features, from inception to customer buy-in

If you would like to chat, please reach out to me via email at akaustubh.01 [at] gmail [dot] com.
For a quick overview of my entire professional + academic experience, please see here.

Work Experience

Timeline

2017

Board + Founding Member

VR Co-op
Mar’17 – Present (2 Months)

  • Defined vision & goals for making VR more accessible in Seattle area, especially in the non-technical community.
  • Establishing strategic partnerships with VR players like HTC and with local schools & universities to create new educational and rehabilitation programs in schools, prisons, libraries, hospitals, etc.
  • Led design sprints to explore civic needs of Seattle area with educators, technologists & community leaders.
  • https://www.vrcoop.org/
March

Making VR accessible in Seattle

2016

Product Manager

Currently, for a Client 
Oct’16 – Present (10 months)

DisastARcons

  • Leading a team of 5 to design the 1st Mixed Reality product in the world for disaster relief.
  • Won Humanitarian Assistance Award, gained clients & invited at Immerse Summit’16 & PIEP Conference ‘17.
  • Identified user needs and led the product discovery process to develop road map towards MVP and its successive iterations. Produced key features, go-to-market & product strategy, & ways to leverage technical constraints & develop new markets that led to success with initial client.
  • Designed end-to-end pipeline, interaction flow, prototypes & dashboards, and tested them with actual users.

In addition,
Since Apr’13

  • Infrequently consulted firms/ vendors formally and informally on R&D, product development, & market strategy.

 

October

1st MR Product in the world for Disaster Response

Guest Lecturer – Virtual Interface Tech.

University of Washington, Seattle
– Dec’16 (4 months)

  • Designed curriculum (first of its kind) for graduate class at UW’s Industrial Engineering (IE) department, covering the entire design and development pipeline of VR environment creation.
  • Taught end-to-end development resulting in 32 full-fledged VR projects in 10 weeks by 21 IE students.

Here’s what I taught: ind-e-543-syllabus

 

September

Taught VR design and development (Unity, Google Cardboard SDK).

2015

Research Scientist + Design

RATLab LLC (Virtual Reality Group) 
Oct’15 – Jun’17 (1 year 9 months)

Advisor: Professor Thomas A. Furness III

VR App for Dementia Patients

  • Designed 1st of its kind VR game-based therapy experience for 2nd stage Dementia patients with a team of 5.
  • Performed research on various training & assessment methods, and evaluated use cases for VR medium. Developed user flows, interaction models, and audio effects, and incorporated Spaced Retrieval Training method in the game play (Unity & Oculus GearVR).
  • Collaborated with teams in US, Brazil and UK throughout the product discovery process.

Mind Bubble App – Mind Meld from Star Trek

  • Led an R&D team of 5 on a VR & AI based collaborative mind mapping product (end-to-end).
  • Received Honorable mention for R&D work on 1st iteration (Mind Palace) at SEA-VR Hackathon.
  • Created innovative interactions based on researching multimodal inputs, 3D UI, flow states, and spatial hooks.
  • Coordinated/mentored the team with sketches, mockups, user flows, Ix methods, and physical & digital prototypes.
  • Designed use-cases incorporating search, speech & knowledge graphs to aid creative & analytical problem-solving.
  • Led product development on the High-Fidelity platform.

EnvelopVR (Startup client)

  • Enabled client to launch their VR platform by improving their UX with their Engineering & Leadership teams.
  • Identified several new opportunities and factors for high impact research, prototyped proof-of-concepts and presented to the leadership.
  • Conducted storyboarding, A/B testing, sketching, rapid prototyping, heuristic analysis, and expert interviews to identified new factors for measuring the quality of VR experience & product success.
  • Created infrastructure from ground up for managing the research on VR, AR and 360° video for clients.
October

3 Products + R&D for VR & AR

Founding Member + Ambassador

Virtual World Society
Oct’15 – Jun’17 (1 year 9 months)

  • Defined vision & goals for the non-profit organization to facilitate collaborative problem solving in civic, academic & commercial sectors, globally, and established partnerships in USA, Nigeria & China.
  • Coordinated with Board Members, CFOs, Futurists, Artists, Designers, Managers, Educators, Students, Technologists and several community & industry leaders to identify potential avenues and design the business model. Participated in design charrettes, evaluated VR and 360° industry trends, & conducted user interviews and a 2-month ethnography in India to gather data and present to the Board.
  • Presented VWS at the Immerse Summit and several key events in US and India.

1st VR Hackathon in Nigeria

  • Facilitated launch of the 1st extended VR Hackathon in Nigeria. Assisted in introduction of VR in the community, initial setup, mentoring, acquiring equipment, participation, sponsorship, prices, and promotions.


 

October

Enabled community leaders globally in launching/adopting VR.

2014

Program Manager + Developer

eScience Institute | UW CSE | Capstone
Dec’14 – Jun’15 (7 months)

  • Discovered 2 new phytoplankton groups in the Pacific Ocean using ML and Data Visualization. (Python, R, Tableau, Photoshop)
  • Acquired client and developed strategy. Collaborated with the stakeholders using Agile methodology, and documented the progress in this Github repo.
December

Discovered 2 phytoplankton groups.

Graduate Staff Assistant

University of Washington – IT
Jul’14 – May’15 (11 months)

Student Performance Tracking Tool

  • Created analytics tools to enable staff gain deeper comprehension of student performance.
  • Incorporated product discovery + UX processes: definition, ideation, solutioning, prototyping, implementation testing.
July

Student Performance Tracking Tool.

Data Visualization Research Intern

PitchBook Data
Jul’14 – Nov’14 (5 months)

  • Initiated the UCD process and created interactive visualizations of the Venture Capital and the Private Equity arena.
  • Used D3.js, json, SQL, Excel.
July

Created Visualizations.

Teaching Assistant

Master of Human Computer Interaction + Design
Mar’14 – Jun’14 (4 months)

  • Developed the UX Studio Research course and the capstone event with the Head of the Department, and mentored several students.
March

Taught UX Research.

2013

Technical Consultant

BITS Consulting
Oct’13 – Dec’13 (3 months)

  • Worked on the BITS Database project team, serving clients ranging from IT Healthcare to Arts and Sciences.
October

Databases assistance.

Graduate Research Assistant

UW CSE | PATH
Jul’13 – Sept’13 (3 months)

Advisor: Professor Richard Anderson

  • Researched on improving public health messaging to reduce maternal & infant mortality in rural India.
  • Published a Note at the International Conference on ICTD 2013 at Cape Town, South Africa, 2013.
July

Improved maternal and neo-natal health in rural India

Software Developer Engineer Intern

MyUnfold
Jul’13 – Sept’13 (3 months)

  • Enabled streamlining strategy & informing design of the product by using UX research methods (Interviews, Focus Groups and A/B Testing).
  • Performed unit testing and bug fixing using C# (Moq), Visual Studio 2012.
  • Collaborated with SDE, Design, Marketing and Executive teams.
June

Strategy + Product Design.

Student Consultant

Adaptive Biotechnologies
Apr’13 – Jun’13 (3 months)

  • Created an innovation diffusion plan to launch a disruptive technology for early detection of resurgence of Cancer (Leukemia) in the market.
  • Used 4P Marketing framework and performed Competitor analysis (3C + SWOT). Identified early adopters, methods of getting FDA and Insurance approvals, reimbursement, etc., which contributed in gaining stronger market traction for the company.

 

April

New Tech's early adoption.

Director of Marketing

Business Information Technology Society
Mar’13 – Dec’13 (10 months)

  • Led marketing campaigns using the STP Framework, and conducted interviews, surveys and focus groups. Established relationships with 6 partners & 3 sponsoring companies.
  • Designed new events and increased student membership by 200%.
March

200% increase. Acquired 6 partners and 3 sponsors.

2011

Software Developer Engineer Intern

Bhabha Atomic Research Center
Aug’11 – May’12 (10 months)

Graphical Network Monitoring System

  • The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre is India’s premier multi-disciplinary nuclear research facility, covering the entire spectrum of nuclear science, engineering and related areas.
  • Improved BARC’s network security by designing a GUI network monitoring system for them.
August

Increased network security.

2010

Software Developer Engineer Intern

L&T Infotech
Jul’10 – Aug’10 (2 months)

  • Reduced delays in communication between employees via UX research and designing intra-organization social network.
July

Reduced communication delays.

Resume

For an overview of my entire academic + professional experience, please see here.

For a briefer version, here’s my Resume.

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