Current Research Scholars in the PhD program


Satish Shivarudraiah

QIP (BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru)

Erasmus Mundus Heritage Fellow


Research Topic: Public Space Design Heuristics.



Venkatesh Varala

Teaching Assistant



Research Topic: GUI designing for IOT enabled devices using semantic and Usability approach in the Indian context.


Abstract: Product graphical user interfaces (GUI) are the portals for the human machine interaction, in our day to day lives we come across several products such as mobile phones, smart meters, music players etc. with graphical user interfaces as the way to interact with them. These interfaces are designed to serve the several user groups across the globe. Whilst the purpose is to communicate the meaning in the best way possible and creating a bond with their users, yet we see many interfaces irritate us at some point of time and become ambiguous to operate. There could be several reasons for such unpleasant experiences. Through the product semantic and usability studies on Internet of Things (IOT) enabled smart meters this research work is trying to explore the meaning related issues, usability problems of User interface in the Indian scenario with user groups and proposing the heuristics for designing the IOT enabled devices.


Areas of Interest: Product semantics, User Interface Design, Usability Engineering, User experience Design, Artificial Intelligence.



Sai Prasad Ojha

Teaching Assistant




Research Topic: Tacit Knowledge Capture and its Use in Conservation of Traditional Crafts and Designs.


Abstract: Crafts industry is largely dependent on skills of highly proficient employees. Art Craft and to some limited extent Design Traditions and practices are transferred from one generation to another by an internship and are often confined to families or communities. Even though there has been modernization in the crafts industry the requirements and supply for highly skilled craftsmen have not kept pace with demand. Several instances of a line of crafts having died out because there being very few craftsmen willing to continue or train new interns which have come to light. Continuing the traditions is becoming difficult besides gaps in documentation. With a decrease in artisan numbers and onslaught of mechanization & mass production crafts, accompanying skills and more important tacit knowledge surrounding them are likely to lose out. This thesis work posits that if there is a way to capture and preserve as well as transfer tacit knowledge of the craftsmen into some form of reusable documentation it is possible to replicate and preserve such knowledge and use it in the future. If ‘Tacit knowledge’ can be captured into digital form it is expected to remain safe for centuries.


Areas of Interest: Product Design, Crafts and Arts, Tacit Knowledge Management, Manufacturing and Automation, Computer Aided Design.



Anmol Srivastava

Teaching Assistant



SIGCHI Student Ambassador title at the 50th Turing Award Ceremony.



Research Topic: Investigating Effectiveness of Smart Objects and Augmented Reality to Enrich Learning and Teaching Experience in Educational Contexts


Abstract: My research domain is Human Computer Interaction and the area broadly falls under Education Technology. The focus of my work is on design of objects embedded with intelligence that can be used in educational context. Here, intelligence in objects refers to the smartness of devices to understand and assist learners as well as teachers. The research involves an interdisciplinary approach that combines the knowledge from the field of design, educational and cognitive psychology, ubiquitous computing and artificial intelligence.


Areas of Interest: Ubiquitous Computing, Education Technology, Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Embedded Systems.



Ravi G. Lingannavar

QIP (KLE, Belgaum)



Research Topic: Investigating the role of design in amplifying growth of small and medium scale enterprises through innovation strategies


Abstract: The research intends to investigate the status of design, innovation in Micro Small and medium scale enterprises in Indian scenario. MSMEs account for significant portion of industrial enterprises, employment, national income and exports in developed and developing countries. The intention of our research is to bring the design and innovation practices in MSMEs. This research has taken the state of art in the field of MSMEs, related to Design and innovation knowledge management, tools and techniques, design intervention, product, process, quality, cost etc. The idea is to give the methods/tool, guidelines, practices to attain higher level of technological innovation in products keeping user in focus.



Tony Sebastian



Research Topic: Studies in Brand decision making using Design strategies.


Abstract: In this Research, fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs) are being studied with respect to the role and influence  that Design ( Package Form, Graphics, Display, and Sensory Experience)  plays in user decision making as a result of Perception formation  at the retail buying spot.  Experimental studies are intended to find out how User mental models could aid in formulating Design Strategy based on Design variables. Smart Interactive Packaging are emerging as the future in FMCGs as well as in Food retaining sector. EMR studies and experiential tests are being used to capture the mental model of users as well as their preferences.






Research Topic: Creation of unique modalities for integration of digital technologies with traditional Indian textiles in the domain of design and heritage.





Dr. Jyoti Kumar

Thesis Title: Comparative Study of Users' experiential data collection techniques for human computer interaction design across cultural settings. (2010)

Awarded  Danish Council for Independent Research Travel Grant


Present affiliation: Assistant Professor, IIT Delhi




Dr. Yogesh Deshpande

Thesis Title: Adaptivity and Interface Design: A Human Computer Interaction Study in E-Learning Applications. (2013)

Awarded  Danish Council for Independent Research Travel Grant


Present affiliation: Vishwakarma Institute of Information Technology, Pune




Dr. Debayan Dhar

Thesis Title: User Interface Design Features and their effects on Computer based educational assessment- a cross cultural study. (2014)

Awarded Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship


Present affiliation: Assistant Professor, MIT Institute of Design, Pune



Dr. Vikash Kumar

Thesis Title: Studies of Design Morphology in Sustainable Product Design Methods. (2015)

Present affiliation: Assistant Professor, SN University, Noida



Dr. Shrikant Salve



Thesis Title: Data Entry Errors in Rural Context: Evaluation and Design of Efficient Error Limiting Intelligent Interface for Rural and Semi-urban Indian Data Entry Operators. (2017)

Awarded Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship



Masters Degree Scholars - IIT Guwahati


  • Balakrishna Dhondage, 2008 – 2009, Vehicle graphics- Design customization & production based on user preferences.
  • Moniraj Saikai, 2008 – 2009, A Multimedia Repository for Design Projects- a Knowledge management approach.
  • Debayan Dhar, 2008 – 2009, An online aptitude testing system for admitting students in design programs.
  • Neha Verma, 2008 – 2009, An Indian Culture Sensitive tangible social networking system.
  • Prakash Kumar, 2008 – 2009, A Graphical User Interface based Remote Public Bus Transport Management System for Guwahati.
  • Prassanna Kate, 2008 – 2009, A Mobile phone based cooperative employment Information system for construction site labors.
  • Shyambihari Prajapati,  2008 – 2009, Multipurpose electric vehicle- modular approach
  • Vishvanath K, 2008 – 2009, Identity & graphic design for commonwealth games.
  • Suresh Kumar Barla, 2008 – 2009, Experiential Tourism complex: Assam culture village.
  • Deepak Kumar, 2008 – 2009, Digital Signage & way finding system for Campuses.
  • Parimala Bandlamudi, 2009 – 2010, Personal Cleaning System for Less-abled Patients.
  • Kanika Gupta, 2012, Mobile Application for Consumer protection.
  • Sujan B. Kamble, 2012, Tread Mill Redesign
  • Sandip Adhikary, 2013, Design of a Virtual Learning Environment to increase learners' performance and attention. Co-Guide: Dr. S Karmakar
  • Nishtha Mehrotra, 2013, Facilitating Social Interaction in Private Public Space
  • Raina Agarwal, 2013, Replicating Real world shopping experiences to 'ON-Line' shopping experiences
  • Suman Meena, 2014, Bhodhi- Creating Knowledge Repository
  • Himujjal Sarma, 2014, Recomposing Reality- extending use of camera applications in mobiles
  • Sadabahar Verma, 2014, Sculpt Arch- A dialogue between Sculpture & Architecture
  • Kulmanali Tanaji Khilare, 2015, Improving Quality of life for elderly through designing smart spaces
  • Binoy Cyriac, 2015, Easing of kitchen activities for elderly through design
  • Arushi Singh, 2015, Karuna: Smart Home Solutions for Indian Elderly
  • Gunjan  S, 2016. Computational Thinking for Designers
  • Anumeha Succena, 2016, Mobile App for Diabetics







Current Winter Interns - 2017 (IITG Students)

  • Abhishek Kanthed, Department of Design
  • Ashutosh Agarwal, Department of Design
  • Arpit Mathur, Department of Design
  • Jemmy Seth, Department of Design
  • Sajal Chaplot, Department of Design
  • Mukesh Kumar Ranjan, Department of Design
  • Nisha Gupta, Department of Design
  • Anuja Saini, Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Shivam Sundaram, Department of Design


Summer Interns - 2017

  • Katyayni Singh, IIIT- Delhi
  • Priyanka Rai, IIT Roorkee
  • Anuj Daga, IIT Kharagpur
  • Tripti Rajput, College of Engineering, Pune
  • Shreya Nim, IIT Delhi


Winter Interns - 2016

  • Nilesh Patole, VIIT, Pune
  • Shubham Gunnal, VIIT, Pune
  • Vaishnavi Naphade, Domus Academy, Milan
  • Humza Multanwala, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Arpita Bag, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Vinayak. Bhandare, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • S. Mohammad Nihal, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Anindya, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Ketan Shimpi, MIT Institute of Design, Pune


Summer Interns - 2015

  • Bhagyashree Sankhala, VIIT, Pune
  • Nikalie Mrunali Shivaji, VIIT, Pune


Winter Interns - 2014

  • Shyamal Rajput, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Ranjeet Waikar, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Shravani Nitnaware, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Akhil Paul, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Marathe Anudnya, MIT Institute of Design, Pune
  • Devyani Shirole, MIT Institute of Design, Pune



(We will be updating the complete list of UE & HCI Lab interns soon.)


To know more about internship at our lab visit [Internship Information].




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