ajit jain
Ph.D., Computer Science, 2021
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My goal is to make people's engagement with information more interactive, efficient, and personally meaningful. My research interests include human-centered AI, information-based ideation, interaction design, and visual design. In my Ph.D. research—co-advised by Dr. Andruid Kerne and Dr. Ruihong Huang—I investigated AI-based analytics for assessing multiscale creative design and supporting design educators in situated course contexts. My paper on recognizing multiscale design characteristics received Best Paper Nomination at ACM DocEng 2021.

For my Masters thesis, I developed TweetBubble, a free and open source Chrome extension that enables Twitter users to expand @usernames, #hashtags without tabs or windows. My paper on evaluating how TweetBubble stimulates exploratory browsing received the Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015. Previously, I worked on BigSemanticsService, a RESTful interface to the Meta-Metadata web semantics. I also participated in the development of PhotoNav, a wearable computing investigation for assisting pedestrian navigation.

Prior to joining the Interface Ecology lab, I was working with Samsung Electronics, for a period of 4 years, at its India and S. Korea centers. My work there primarily was on Java Virtual Machine graphics layer and notebook apps. I completed my undergraduate degree in Information Technology from Delhi College of Engineering in 2007, where I developed a Print-to-Braille converter as a part of my final year project.


Jain, A., Kerne, A., Lupfer, N., Britain, G., Perrine, A., Choe, Y., Keyser, J., Huang, R. Recognizing Creative Visual Design: Multiscale Design Characteristics in Free-Form Web Curation Documents, Proc. ACM DocEng 2021, 1-10 [33%]. Best Paper Nominee, Best Student Paper Nominee. https://doi.org/10.1145/3469096.3469869
Britain, G., Jain, A., Lupfer, N., Kerne, A., Perrine, A., Seo, J., Sungkajun, A. Design is (A)live: An Environment Integrating Ideation and Assessment, Proc. ACM CHI 2020 Late-Breaking Work, 1-8 [41.8%]. https://doi.org/10.1145/3334480.3382947
Jain, A., Measuring Creativity: Multi-Scale Visual and Conceptual Design Analysis, Proc. ACM Creativity & Cognition 2017, Graduate Student Symposium, Singapore, 490-495. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3059454.3078697
Kerne, A., Lupfer, N., Linder R., Qu, Y., Valdez, A., Jain, A., Keith, K., Carrasco, M., Vanegas, J., Billingsley, A., Strategies of Free-form Web Curation: Processes of Creative Engagement with Prior Work, Proc. ACM Creativity & Cognition 2017, Singapore [29%]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3059454.3059471
Jain, A., Kasiviswanathan, G., Huang, R., Towards Accurate Event Detection in Social Media: A Weakly Supervised Approach for Learning Implicit Event Indicators, Computational Linguistics (COLING) 2016 Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text (W-NUT), Osaka, Japan.
Sharma, H.N., Toups Dugas, P.O., Dolgov, I., Kerne, A., Jain, A., Evaluating Display Modalities Using a Mixed Reality Game, Proc. ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY) 2016, 65-77 [29%]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2967934.2968090
Jain, A., Lupfer, N., Qu, Y., Linder, R., Kerne, A., Smith, S. M., Evaluating TweetBubble with Ideation Metrics of Exploratory Browsing, Proc. ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015, 178-187 [28%]. Best Paper Honorable Mention. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2757226.2757239
Wilkins, J., Järvi, J., Jain, A., Kejriwal, G., Kerne, A., Kumar, V., EvolutionWorks: Towards Improved Visualization of Citation Networks, Proc. IFIP International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (INTERACT) 2015, 213-230 [29.9%].
Qu, Y., Kerne, A., Lupfer, N., Linder, R., Jain, A., Metadata Type System: Integrate Presentation, Data Models and Extraction to Enable Exploratory Browsing Interfaces, Proc. ACM Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS) 2014, 107-116 [18%]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2607023.2607030 [video]
Fei, S., Webb, A.M., Kerne, A., Qu, Y., and Jain, A., Peripheral Array of Tangible NFC Tags: Positioning Portals for Embodied Trans-Surface Interaction, Proc. ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2013, 33-36. [29%]. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2512349.2512820 [video]