Manas Tungare

About Me

I prototype, design, and build delightful user experiences at Google. I’m a front-end engineer with a passion for UX and a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction.

According to my peers and managers, my skills lie in generating ideas & prototyping new features, and perfecting the user experience on exploratory projects. Most days, I split my time between creating prototypes and demos of new features and on engineering tasks for more established projects.

Google Now

I currently work on building upcoming features for Google Now, the contextual assistant that provides you “the right information at just the right time”. Google Now was awarded Popular Science’s “Innovation of the Year” award in 2012 (way before I joined the team, by the way), putting it in the company of past winners such as the Large Hadron Collider, the Toyota Prius and the Mars Curiosity Rover.

Gmail

From 2013–2014, I worked on Gmail. This project was aligned closely with my dissertation interests because email is such an integral part of our personal information. Many people use their email as a task list, we receive confirmation emails about events, flights, trip plans, and so much planning happens within email.

Google Instant

I was the first engineer on Google Instant and worked solo for 3–4 months designing and prototyping the simple yet powerful UI that Google is known for.

During this time, I created several designs, mocks, and prototypes of Instant that explored the “search as you type” space. Google’s blog post on Google Instant shares a few of the mocks and prototypes I developed. Fun fact: when I showed an early prototype to members of the infrastructure team, here’s the reaction I got.

As the team grew, I worked with several awesome JavaScript ninjas at Google to productionize the application and eventually, to launch it. When Google Instant launched in August 2010, it was referred to as the biggest change to Google since the launch of Google itself.

After Instant, I worked with the Speech Recognition team to launch Voice Search on Google.com. I was the only Web Search engineer working on this project exclusively, and thus was responsible for a majority of the front-eng engineering work.

Academic Background

Before joining Google, I obtained my Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Virginia Tech in 2009 (dissertation: “Mental Workload in Personal Information Management: Understanding PIM Practices Across Multiple Devices”). I hold a Masters degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and a Bachelors from the University of Mumbai.

Personal Life

I grew up in Bombay, the financial capital of India, right by the sea. I love to travel with my wife, Amruta, a front-end engineer at Rackspace, and indulge in our shared passion for good food.