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I am a design researcher and an interaction designer. I am deeply interested in exploring social, economic, political, cultural, spatial, and technological dimensions of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

In early 2013, I started my PhD studies at Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft in collaboration with NHL University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden. The research focuses on socio-technical aspects of renewable energy trading in decentralized smart grids.

In 2010, I graduated with Master of Arts in New Media Design from Aalto University School of Art and Design (previously known as University of Art and Design Helsinki) Finland. My master’s thesis (‘Design Opportunities and Challenges in Indian Urban Slums – Community Communication and Mobile Phones’) was exhibited and awarded the Second Prize at CUMULUS 20th Anniversary Exhibition (‘Young Creators for Better City & Better Life’) at Shanghai World Expo 2010, China. Around 50 Cumulus member schools participated in the exhibition submitting over 400 student works.The thesis was also awarded ‘Department of Media-Stipend’ and the highest grade. The research has also resulted in 5 peer reviewed journal and conference publications.

I have around four years of work experience. I enjoy working on interdisciplinary research projects focusing at the intersection of social-sciences, participatory design and ICTs.

Interests

Participatory Research, Ethnography, Design Research, Interaction Design, Community Informatics, ICT4D, Rapid Prototyping, Videography

Education

2013 – present
PhD Candidate at faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, The Netherlands in project collaboration with Serious Gaming Research Group, NHL University of Applied Sciences.

2007 – 2010
Master of Arts in New Media Design. Media Lab, Department of Media, Aalto University School of Art and Design (previously known as University of Art and Design Helsinki), Finland.

2001 – 2005
Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology. Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), India.

Work Experience

April 2012 – February 2013
Interaction Designer at Parallel & Distributed Systems group, TU Delft, The Netherlands

April 2011 – April 2012
Design Researcher & Scientific Programmer at Multimedia Information Retrieval Lab, TU Delft, The Netherlands

November 2010 – March 2011
Self-Employed Ethnographer, Maternal Health Research, Chhattisgarh, India

May – June 2009
Usability Researcher at Crucible Studio Research Group, Finland

July – October 2008
Researcher, Enabling Community Communications – Platforms and Applications (ENCOMPAS) Project, India/Finland

February – June 2008
Research Assistant at ARKI Research Group, Finland

November 2005 – July 2007
User Interface Designer at Infosys Technologies Ltd., India

Research Internships/ Summer Schools

Septemeber 2013
GALA Summer School on Serious Gaming, Graz, Austria

June 2013
Groningen Energy Summer School, A multidisciplinary approach to energy transition, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

February – March 2012
Research Intern, Spoken Web Project, IBM Research, New Delhi, India

June 2010
Urban Interactions, Urban Informatics and Sustainable Cities Workshop, Finland

Skills

Design Research Methodologies
Participatory Design, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Ethnography, Ethnographic Action Research (EAR)

User Interface Design
Contextual Enquiry, User-Task Matrix, Information Architecture, Task Flow Diagrams, Wireframing, Scenario based Design, Heuristic Evaluations

Programming/Scripting
Java, Android(Java), Python, HTML/CSS, XML, SQL

Software & Platforms
Eclipse, Android, Adobe CS4 Suite, Processing

Other Educational Courses (MOOCs offered through Coursera)

2013 (Course Title, Offering University, Course Duration)
Gamification, University of Pennsylvania, 6 weeks
Energy 101, Georgia Institute of Technology, 9 weeks
Learn to Program: Crafting Quality Code, University of Toronto, 5 weeks

2012
Human-Computer Interaction, Stanford University, 9 weeks
Learn to Program: The Fundamentals, University of Toronto, 7 weeks