Prof. Pradeep Yammiyavar
(Founding Faculty of UE-HCI Lab)
Department of Design,
IIT Guwahati - 781039
Dr. Pradeep Gururaj Yammiyavar is a Professor of Design Research in the Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) since 14 years with Research interest in Product Design & HCI- Usability Engineering Research. He is the Former Head of the Centre for Educational Technology (CET), IITG. He is a pioneer of Design Ph.D. programs in India. He established Design Research activity at IITG and initiated the PhD program in Design.
He has significant leadership contributions to Creative Design Education Scene in India since 32 years. He is a holder of many professional Qualifications in Engineering, Design, Psychology & Urban Infrastructure planning. He is a Practicing Design Professional. Consultant to IT & Manufacturing Industries and Advisor to Creative Disciplines in the Industrial & Educational Sector. He has been empaneled as Scientific Advisor to the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks - Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
For his efforts and contribution in establishing Creative Design as a multidisciplinary cum interdisciplinary knowledge domain in higher technical institutions through an innovative curriculum framework labeled as – D.S.T.E.A.M, he has been recognized and selected for "Teaching Innovator Award – 2016" by the MHRD, GOI, under Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching.
Before joining IIT Guwahati, he was working in the area of multi and inter-disciplinary programs related to Creative Design, Innovation, Management & Technology at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prof. Yammiyavar conceptualized and initiated M.Des program at CPDM, IISC Bangalore. He is the founder and coordinator of India's pioneering research facility in Usability, HCI - Interaction design, Innovation, Design Thinking and Design Management - UE-HCI Lab at IIT Guwahati. He has also established the KIC - Knowledge Innovation and Incubation Centre in CET at IITG.
He has trained 100s of successful Designers, Entrepreneurs, Managers as Leaders in Interaction Design. He has been conferred National and International Awards for Design and Innovation. He has authored over 100 research publications and 9 IPRs.
Apart from the research in Design, Prof. Pradeep is also a Psychotherapist. Psychological Counselor, Mentor and Life Skills Trainer IITG Counseling Cell. He is also a Consultant in Design, Innovation Management, Creativity and Design Thinking.
Prof. Pradeep has been a Strategic Adviser in Design to Institutes of National importance. He has been helping in Curriculum restructuring & up-gradation expertise in Interdisciplinary areas with an emphasis on Innovation Creativity and Design. He has significant contributions towards establishing new thrust areas in Design such as HCI, Interaction design, Information design with respective research labs and design studios in India. He has visioning & planning for new and emerging specializations in Design at the Undergraduate, Post graduate and Ph.D. level.
He is a teacher, mentor, and trainer to some of India's most successful Designers now occupying significant Leadership positions in the corporate, educational and service sector. He has mentored series of very successful Entrepreneurs from IITG.
Dr. Debayan Dhar,
(Fulbright Fellow, University of Texas at Austin)
UE-HCI Lab, Department of Design,
IIT Guwahati - 781039
Dr. Debayan Dhar specializes in the area of Human Computer Interaction Design. His research focuses on instructional design, User Experience Design, Usability and Psychology of Design. He is the recipient of the distinguished Fulbright Fellowship award. Dr. Dhar’s current research focuses on persuasion, individual differences in technology adoption, Social cognition and web semantics. At the UE-HCI Lab, Department of Design, he teaches Usability Engineering course.