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.
Participatory Research, Ethnography, Design Research, Interaction Design, Community Informatics, ICT4D, Rapid Prototyping, Videography
2001 – 2005
Bachelor of Technology in Information and Communication Technology. Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), India.
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
GALA Summer School on Serious Gaming, Graz, Austria
Groningen Energy Summer School, A multidisciplinary approach to energy transition, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Urban Interactions, Urban Informatics and Sustainable Cities Workshop, Finland
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
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