PhD Scholars

Sai Prasad Ojha

Research Area / Title: Tacit Knowledge Capture and its Use in Conservation of Traditional Crafts and Designs.

Supervisor Name: Prof. Pradeep Yammiyavar

s.ojha[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2012           

Research 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.

Venkatesh Varala

Research Area / Title: Evolving Design Heuristics for Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) of Smart Devices- A Semantic Design Approach

Supervisor Name: Prof. Pradeep Yammiyavar

varalas07[AT]gmail.com, v.varala[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2012         

Research abstract:

My Research falls in the area of HCI and Graphical User Interface Design (GUI) of smart future products. This research is trying to identify the gaps with respective to the communicability of the Interfaces across the diverse user groups in India. Through a User Centric Design (UCD) approach involving knowledge and methods from multidisciplinary areas such as Design Semantics, Perceptual Studies, HCI, this research is trying to propose a design methodology and heuristics for GUI design of future smart products such as Internet of Things (IoT) enabled Product Interfaces. This work is aiming at improving the communicability of the Interactive products across various Indian Use groups irrespective of their background such as educational literacy, Technology Literacy etc.

Sharmistha Banerjee

Research Area / Title: Sustainability-Orienting Design Framework for Farm Machinery Design

Supervisor Name: Dr. Ravi Mokashi Punekar

banerjee.sharmistha[AT]gmail.com, b.sharmistha[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2013           

Research abstract:

My research tries to identify to what extent current sustainability-orienting design guidelines or mechanisms address sustainability holistically - simultaneously considering social, economic and ecological dimension - for small scale agricultural machinery in small farms of developing countries throughout its lifecycle, ie., from design conceptualisation, development, manufacturing, sale, use, repair and maintenance to disposal? Thereafter, I try to identify a possible sustainability-orienting design approach that is: 1. Mindful of the pros and cons of the existing sustainability-orienting design approaches from the related domains; 2. Which looks at addressing a holistic picture of sustainability - including its ecological, social and economic dimensions - in the context of small scale agricultural machinery for small farms of developing countries?

Ashish kumar yadav

Research Area / Title: Visual Design, children's literature

Supervisor Name: Prof. Ravi Mokashi Punekar

ashishk.iitg[AT]gmail.com, ashishk.iitg[AT]gmail.com

Year of joining: 2013           

Research abstract:

My research interest includes Visual Design and visual analysis of children’s literature. I am interested in the analysis of visual elements, text and image comprehension in children’s literature in a vernacular language such as the Hindi language. study helps in the current scenario to develop better learning aids as well as guidelines, which can help to produce better study material.

Jyotirmoy Pathak

Research Area / Title: Impact of Architectural components in Learnability of School Children

Supervisor Name: Prof. Ravi Mokashi Punekar and Prof. Avinash Shende

pathakjyotirmoy[AT]gmail.com, jyotirmoy[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2014     

Research abstract:

Human body is among all the complex systems studied by mankind, and the human brain is the most complex of all. From decades, study has been done, and will continue with the race. Further to ease these kind of studies, many other branches has emerged, and as a result specialized study is being done by people in different fields. My research deals with children of specific age group (6-9 years), as it is the most receptive age group, along with the various architectural components which may impact their learnability.

Pallavi Rani

Research Area / Title: A Study on Visual Characteristics of Mural Art Forms of Rural Eastern Jharkhand, India.

Supervisor Name: Dr. D. Udaya Kumar

pallavi.rani.bhu[AT]gmail.com, r.pallavi[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2014           

Research abstract:

In my research work, I am developing a methodology to read the grammar of the art work. It is mainly a study on Visual Characteristics of art form. In this study, a feature or attribute of living and non-living things which can identify visually is defined as Visual Characteristics. The villages of eastern rural Jharkhand (Santhal Pargana, Kolhan and North Chotanagpur) have selected for the ethnographic study.

Shiva Ji

Research Area / Title: Sustainability Assessment Method for Built Environments

Supervisor Name: Prof Ravi Mokashi Punekar

arshivaji[AT]gmail.com, j.shiva[AT]iitg.ernet.in

Year of joining: 2014         

Research abstract:

Framework validation and identification of additional criteria for addressing sustainability in SA method of GRIHA.

Anusmita Das

Research Area / Title: Temporal Urbanism

Supervisor Name: Prof. Amarendra Kumar Das

anusmitadas.design[AT]gmail.com, d.anusmita[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2014         

Research abstract:

Cities around the world have marked differences in spatial form and structure. To some extent this can be attributed to cultural differences. Every city has its own identity and culture manifested through its people and activities that occur in its urban spaces. In a time where change is the norm, cities are increasingly facing issues of identity wherein urban spaces are gaining new meanings and functions with changes in cultural practices. An analysis is particularly relevant in India, where multicultural identities manifest themselves in the socio-cultural life of its people through the multitude of festivals celebrated in its urban fabric. This research analyses the effects of temporal events such as festivals on the urban form of a city. The central concern of this research is to develop a critical stance of urban spectacles in a bid to highlight the underlying concerns of meanings of local festivals and their manifestation on identity and spatial structure of a city.

Umme Hani

Research Area / Title: Innovation in Handloom sector for its sustainability

Supervisor Name: Prof. Amarendra Kumar Das

umzhan[AT]gmail.com, umme.hani[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2014         

Research abstract:

Eri culture in Assam is practiced since time immemorial. It was accomplished as home based agro industry to meet domestic prerequisites. Eri weaving was purely traditional and leisure time activity. Eri cocoons were mostly popular as delicacy among the tribal people of this region. Eri silk has got worm quality and it used to replace the woolen threads among various tribes. Eri was considered as ‘poor man’s silk’ because it used to be the cheapest of all silks. Today, in this comprehensive market, the increasing demand of eri silk is remarkable. There has been an enormous role of Entrepreneurs, Textile Designers, NGOs etc. towards this change. This revolution has shaped the traditional system into a commercial business. This evolution of eri silk can raise certain concerns regarding the retention of the cultural heritage of this practice. The aim of this study is to comprehend the role of designer in this practice towards creating a global demand and also to understand how can design education help in sustaining a balance between tradition and demand.

Shiv Kumar Verma

Research Area / Title: Nature Inspired Design Science

Supervisor Name: Prof. Ravi Mokashi Punekar

ecashiv[AT]gmail.com, shiv.verma[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2015           

Research abstract:

In this research, we attempt to a search for the knowledge based on design science principles in seeking creative solutions for nature inspired product forms. Based on Nigel Cross taxonomy, we inquire if there is a designerly way of creating product forms inspired by nature. For this inquiry, four studies are being conducted. First – The study on existing methods to design product form inspired by nature. Second – The study of exterior form of products inspired by nature. Third – Study of approaches followed by professional designers while designing product forms inspired by nature. Fourth – Study of approaches followed by design students to design product form inspired by nature. Each study follow a different methodology and we anticipate that based on the methodologies that emerge may lead to a new research domain of ‘Nature Inspired Design Science’.

Pranav Ashok Satpute

Research Area / Title: Industrial Design Considerations in Product Integrated Photovoltaics (PIPV) for Rural Communities of India

Supervisor Name: Prof. Ravi Mokashi Punekar and Prof. Avinash Shende

pranav.dod[AT]gmail.com, pranav.satpute[AT]iitg.ernet.in

Year of joining: 2015       

Research abstract:

Off grid applications of Photovoltaic technology brings product-integrated photovoltaics (PIPV) in the picture. Although, various possible applications of PIPV envisage but there are very few products designed and available in the market due to under explored. This scenario implicates that there is a need of intervention of multi- disciplinary experts including Industrial designers in this field. It is observed that very few new applications of PIPV are commercialized in Indian market. Also, Less penetration of it in rural market is fairly evident. Based on the fact of huge population resides in rural India where accessibility to the electricity is still a major challenge, the initial study was planned to begin with the field studies in villages where conceptual design intervention in PIPV has been envisage through involving Industrial designers. Research involves various studies covering aspects of Industrial Design of PIPV for Rural communities of India.

Toney Sebastian

Research Area / Title: Design Management (Product Design Strategies)

Supervisor Name: Prof. Pradeep Yammiyavar

palakaran2000[AT]gmail.com, toney[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2015       

Research 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.

Ravi Mahamuni

Research Area / Title: Service Design

Supervisor Name: Prof. Ravi Mokashi Punekar

ravi.mahamuni[AT]gmail.com, r.mahamuni[AT]iitg.ernet.in

Year of joining: 2015         

Research abstract:

Services are dynamic, unfolding over a period of time through a sequence of events and steps that produce value for the customer. Designing services that result in desirable experience and motivate customers to sustain the customer loyalty is challenging. Service design is holistic approach which spans across certain time. Service design due to its holistic approach, is best suited to address the behaviour change. The primary aim of this research work is to enable designers with suitable process and framework to design services for sustained behavioural change using technology. The service design acts as a process for the intended outcome i.e. the behavioural change where technology acts as an enabler.

M. Angelus Khoh

Research Area / Title: Product Design

Supervisor Name: Prof. Amarendra Kumar Das

angeluskhoh[AT]gmail.com, m.khoh[AT]iitg.ernet.in

Year of joining: 2015       

Research abstract:

Design intervention for terrace cultivation in the hilly region of North Eastern India.

Susmita nath

Research Area / Title: Ergonomic design intervention of hand tool/equipment to reduce the transmission and effect of vibration on human health

Supervisor Name: Dr. Sougata Karmakar

susmitanath44[AT]gmail.com, n.susmita[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2015     

Research abstract:

Vibrating equipment and workstations are a part of regular occupational life in the informal sectors and wide use of the vibrating equipment/tools leads to physical, physiological and musculoskeletal disorders among the workers. Among various unorganized sectors where people are prone to vibrational exposure, stone-polishing is one. These workers are prone to various injuries and accidents as their activities involve repetitive actions. The aim of this research to redesign the existing hand-held stone polishing machine in terms of easy maneuverability, avoiding hand- holding of weight, use of vibration dampening material etc.) used by stone polishing workers to reduce the impact of occupational vibration on their physical well-being.

Arunachalam M

Research Area / Title: Motorcycle ergonomics

Supervisor Name: Dr. Sougata Karmakar

muthiah_arunkaveri[AT]yahoo.co.in, a.arunachalam

Year of joining: 2015       

Research abstract:

Motorcycle-human factors engineering

Wanrisa B Kharkongor

Research Area / Title: Analysis of Tourists’ awareness and motivation towards a tourist destination through the application of a strategy that focus on cultural exposure

Supervisor Name: Prof. Debkumar Chakrabarti

wanrisa89[AT]gmail.com, wanrisa[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2015         

Research abstract:

Through this Research the Push-Pull Factors that motivate the tourist to visit a destination were analysed. This is done to get an idea about the cognitive ergonomic aspect of the participants towards a cultural system. From a designer's perspective a design framework that composes the cultural design elements in the Indian context will be developed that will assist designers and architects who focus on the cultural aspects of design.

Bighna Kalyan Nayak

Research Area / Title: A correlational study between the subjective and objective (eye tracking) measures during the evaluation of visual classical aesthetics

Supervisor Name: Dr. Sougata Karmakar

k.bighna[AT]gmail.com, bighna[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2015       

Research abstract:

The process of having an aesthetic experience is a very complex cognitive phenomenon. Objectivist view inspired many psychological attempts to identify the critical contributors of aesthetics (beauty) such as balance and proportion, symmetry, informational content and complexity, contrast, clarity, order, number of elements, symmetry, colour, brightness. Literature also reveals that various factors like aesthetic attitude, semantic consistency, time, knowledge, familiarity, and affectivity have a significant influence on the aesthetic appraisal. The aim of this research to explore the potentiality of the eye tracking research considering the past implications, recent developments, and relevant future growth in the field of visual aesthetic evaluation.

Md Sarfaraz Alam

Research Area / Title: Environmental Ergonomics and Human Thermal Comfort

Supervisor Name: Dr. Urmi Ravindra Salve

sarfaraz8665[AT]iitg.ac.in, sarfaraz8665[AT]gmail.com

Year of joining: 2016         

Research abstract:

The hot and humid indoor built environment has a significant impact on human thermal comfort, directly associated with occupants' health and wellbeing. Therefore, my research intention is to appraise human thermal comfort in the coaches of Indian Railways. By forming objective and subjective assessments, the occupants' adaptive optimal-temperature and environmental condition are to be assessed, and simultaneously to provide a possible design solution.

Shimmila Bhowmick

Research Area / Title: Input methods for Virtual Reality

Supervisor Name: Dr. Keyur Sorathia

shimmila.bhowmick[AT]gmail.com, shimmila[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2016       

Research abstract:

My research area explores input interaction techniques specifically gesture based input interaction technique for Head Mounted Display (HMD) based Virtual Reality (VR) interfaces.

Sachin Shivaji Jadhav

Research Area / Title: Product Service System

Supervisor Name: Pratul. Ch. Kalita

sjsachin21[AT]gmail.com, sjsachin[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2016     

Research abstract:

Providing services together with products can enhance competitiveness, achieve social, environmental, and economic goals, as well as attract and retain customers. The concept of product service system(PSS), also named as “functional sales” was proposed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in the late 1990s. PSS as an integrated system consisting of products, services, and the infrastructure to deliver a solution to a customer to satisfy certain needs.

Deepshikha

Research Area / Title: Interactive Textiles

Supervisor Name: Prof. Pradeep Yammiyavar

deepshikhaphd[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2016     

Research abstract:

Exploring integration of traditional and digital textiles in the social space. Keywords: Traditional Textiles, Wearables, Behaviour, Cognition.

Kiran Kumari Mahato

Research Area / Title: Development Of Affordable Tools For Metal Handicraft Products In Northern- Eastern Region

Supervisor Name: Dr. Pratul Ch. Kalita

kiranmahato2011[AT]gmail.com, kiranmahato2011[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2016     

Research abstract:

The basic motivation of the study is to improve the quality of life of the people working in the handicraft sector special emphasis on metal craft of Assam, through design intervention in tool design with application of appropriate technology. A case study of brass and bell metal manufacturing industry of Assam has been considered for this research. This research is carried out to improve the various process involved in brass metal craft manufacturing process with tool design intervention. Initial field study was conducted to identity and priorities the scope of design intervention in tool design to ease the manufacturing process of brass and bell metal craft. It comprised of study of existing manufacturing process, tools and machinery involved and problems associated with existing process. Concepts were developed based on appropriate technology. For refinement of concepts, CAD model and prototype will used. The CAD models will validate and tested with workers.

Nilutpal Borgohain

Research Area / Title: Culture and Emotions

Supervisor Name: Prof. Utpal Barua

nil90borgohain[AT]gmail.com, b.nilutpal[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2016         

Research abstract:

It is seen that each community/locality/ethnicity showcases an emotive communication method which can range from wardrobe, food to architecture etc.. The aim here is to bind these factors in a common, easily comprehensible thread.

Jitesh Singh Chauhan

Research Area / Title: Ergonomic Intervention in Manually Operated Implement Used in Agriculture

Supervisor Name: Dr. Sougata Karmakar

jiteshsingh9[AT]yahoo.com, jiteshsingh[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2016     

Research abstract:

Agriculture is one of the important sectors, it not only fulfills the food demand but also a source of income to the people involved in it. Agriculture is considered as the backbone of the developing country. Increasing population and food demand is always a matter of importance. Agriculture is now becoming mechanized but still, many farmers do most of the agricultural practices manually (using hand or hand tools). Several of these farm activities are time-consuming and causing fatigue. Ergonomically designed hand tool can be helpful to enhance the productivity of such small farmers facing an economic constraint.

Chirapriya Mondal

Research Area / Title: Retention of ethnicity and pursue innovation

Supervisor Name: Dr. Sougata Karmakar

chirapriya[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2016           

Research abstract:

Innovation is inevitable for any product design and manufacturing to withstand in the competitive market. During the process of innovation, many a time ethnic product loses its traditional characteristics (look, feel etc.) and thus create or evoke an altered emotional response of the consumers and negatively affect product purchase intention. To retain ethnicity of a product, it is very crucial to identify the emotional values embedded in the ethnic product and keep its traditional design elements unaltered.

Pranjal Protim Borah

Research Area / Title: Interaction design for handheld flexible display devices.

Supervisor Name: Dr. Keyur Sorathia

pranjalborah777[AT]gmail.com, borah176105003[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017         

Research abstract:

Flexible thin-film OLED displays and recent development in flexible circuitry provides an opportunity to use the flexibility of the display as a mean to provide input. My research work focuses on input interaction techniques for future handheld flexible display devices.

Namrita Sharma

Research Area / Title: Digital technology in Indian printing

Supervisor Name: Prof. Utpal Barua

namritasharma06[AT]gmail.com, namri176105004[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017     

Research abstract:

My research will be an intervention into how various adaptations and innovations which took place and are taking place in this field. It will be an insight into various works of art which led to revolution in the Indian Printmaking.The insights will include experimentation with forms, process, technical advancement, combination of traditional and advance methods, representational innovations and future potential of this medium.

Priya Vinod

Research Area / Title: Input Techniques in Virtual Reality Platform

Supervisor Name: Dr. Keyur Sorathia

priyaganapathy[AT]gmail.com, priya176105001[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017     

Research abstract:

The recent advent of low cost wearable displays coupled with high end motion sensing devices is leveraging the design of immersive and highly interactive virtual environments. In such virtual worlds, the human-computer interface, and particularly the navigation technique, plays a crucial role. Navigation is one of the primary task in order to sense the immersive nature and the presence of the virtual world. There are various navigation techniques available for the usage locomotion in the VR environment. It depends on the type of application and the users of the environment. My research aims at finding the suitable kind of locomotion technique for the application chosen and designing guidelines for development based on the user group.

Kankana Narayan Dev

Research Area / Title: Framework for Designing Post Disaster Transitional Shelters and Settlement

Supervisor Name: Prof. Amarendra Kumar Das

kankana.dev[AT]gmail.com, dev176105005[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017       

Research abstract:

The built environment today is affected more and more by the rapid and extreme changes due to human-made and natural disasters. These disasters often lead to displacement of people until the reconstruction of the damaged habitats. There are several stages of Disaster Relief Shelter one being “Transitional Shelters and Settlement”, where displaced population resides for a particular (short) period till they can shift to their reconstructed habitats. The research has been designed to understand what Transitional Shelters and Settlement entails; the key concepts that constitute them and how they can be implemented in the context of Assam, a northeastern state in India, very vulnerable to disasters.

Vigneshkumar C

Research Area / Title: Design for construction workers safety

Supervisor Name: Dr. Urmi Ravindra Salve

vigneshkumarchellappa[AT]gmail.com, c176105104[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017           

Research abstract:

Accident rates of construction industry in India is highest among all other industries, affecting macro to micro level projects and needs a comprehensive tools to prevent accidents to construction workers among all levels of projects. Thus, safety in construction industry becomes a serious issue among practitioners, academics, the public and the government. Therefore, preventing accidents on construction workplace has become a great challenge for stakeholders which need a new approach. Due to the recent improvement in visualization technology, the design approach adopted in my research is to prevent workers from accidents in Indian construction projects through construction virtual prototyping.

Nandita Bhanja Chaudhuri

Research Area / Title: Human Computer Interaction

Supervisor Name: Dr. Debayan Dhar

nbhanja.chaudhuri[AT]gmail.com, nandi176105102[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017         

Research abstract:

Nowadays, the information, signals like sound, music that are available around us is subjective in nature containing emotions, personal feelings, tastes, opinions, etc. It is very useful to analyse these information from the perspective to draw useful conclusions out of it. My research mainly focuses on to predict the patterns of these signals and make useful contributions in the field of design and human computer interaction.

M Krishna Chaitanya

Research Area / Title: Ergonomics

Supervisor Name: Dr. Swati Pal

mkchaitanya555[AT]gmail.com, krish176105103[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017       

Research abstract:

In Ergonomics, the interaction between user and machine is so vital .It is the path, to improve quality of work life and enhance productivity. The Design of unexplored areas of ergonomics will boost the occupational health, safety and well being of workers.

Gurdeep Singh

Research Area / Title: Design Ergonomic Interventions in MSME's

Supervisor Name: Dr. Sougata Karmakar

phdgur[AT]gmail.com, singh176105105[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017         

Research abstract:

Design Ergonomic Interventions in MSME's especially in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industries plays a vital role in enhancing the overall productivity of the firm in addition to the overall enhancement of the worker's well-being and safety. Such interventions focus on determining the bottlenecks present in workplace which lowers the productivity and poses danger to the workers engaged there. Time-motion Studies, Digital Human Modelling and Applied Ergonomics Principles being the backbone of such studies. In the present context, such studies being the need of hour in the North-eastern states like Assam where such industries are in the commissioning phase and will witness tremendous growth in the forthcoming years.

Abhishek Singh

Research Area / Title: Smart City - In Indian purview

Supervisor Name: Dr. Pratul C Kalita

abhisheksingh.projects[AT]gmail.com, abhis176105101[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2017       

Research abstract:

The race of smart cities around the globe has end up making numerous ghost towns. Where technology and smart philosophies have been adopted successfully but people are missing. It is important to understand that the smart city concept varies from place to place and society to society depending on their requirements. The overall goal may be the same but in race of technology we cannot neglect the emotional, social and psychological aspects of the city. In case of India where 85% of the working population belongs to unorganized sectors and these smart cities are probing towards the mall culture, where the small scale vendors and service providers are facing huge decline in their earnings. So this research is on rethinking the smart city concept in Indian Context and how can we make it more people inclusive. To ensure that people of all segments are part of the smart city and can live a sustainable life with good growth opportunities in it.

Sangeeta Bhanja Chaudhuri

Research Area / Title: Occupational Health and Safety for Industrial Workplace

Supervisor Name: Dr.Sougata Karmakar and Dr. Manoj Majhi

bhanjachaudhurisangeeta[AT]gmail.com, sangeeta18[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2018         

Abhijit Sen

Research Area / Title: Ergonomic Design Interventions

Supervisor Name: Dr. Sougata Karmakar

abhijitsen10[AT]gmail.com, 186105002[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2018       

Gaurav Vaidya

Research Area / Title: Product Semantics, Furniture Design, User Perception

Supervisor Name: Dr. Pratul Ch. Kalita

vaidyagaurav24[AT]gmail.com, 186105003[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2018       

Abhijit Kakati

Research Area / Title: Efficient healthcare delivery system focusing on the underserved North Eastern region of India

Supervisor Name: Prof. Amarendra Kumar Das & Dr. Pratul Chandra Kalita

kakati18[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2018     

Mridumoni Phukon

Research Area / Title: Designing turn-taking for voice user interfaces.

Supervisor Name: Dr Abhishek Shrivastava

mridumonip@iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2019       

Research abstract:

To achieve human like fluent turn-taking behavior for voice user interfaces(VUIs) while taking part in conversation with human user is a substantial body of research. Researchers of the field constantly trying to achieve this goal by working upon different human factors like back channels, prosody, gaze, syntax, semantics, gesture etc arises during conversation. Although their efforts have made the industry to achieve the goal to some extent but achieving human-like fluency in turn-taking without making any error have not been possible till date. Literature proves that human-lower-level temporal behavior arises during conversation play a very crucial role in the turn-taking organization. We believe that realizing those temporal behaviors technically and manipulating them to well understand their role in the organization of turn-taking is the key to achieve successful turn-taking between human and machine.

ABDUL MOHSIN ALI

Research Area / Title: Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) of naturally ventilated educational building

Supervisor Name: Dr. Shakuntala Acharya

abdul_mohsin[AT]iitg.ac.in

Year of joining: 2020     

Research abstract:

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) is important for work force performance and productivity. It has four major parameters namely: thermal, visual, acoustic and Indoor air quality (IAQ). There are sufficient studies of individual IEQ parameters, but very limited studies have done a combine analysis. Thermal is the most studied parameter due to its great impact on occupant comfort. Visual comfort is associated with adequate daylight in an indoor environment which has both physical and psychological benefit. The effect of noise on humans are reflected in psychological effects such as nervousness and decrease concentration. IAQ of a space have significant impact on occupant health. Studies which have done a combined study have shown that only thermal comfort and indoor air quality have the greatest inter-dependency as they share some of the physical parameters. To the best of author knowledge there is no study which has explained the impact of IEQ parameters for different climate and context, therefore this study aims to do the same. It was found that, in conventional naturally ventilated educational building that thermal comfort has the highest impact and visual comfort has the least impact, irrespective of the climate, while IAQ highly depends on climate and acoustic comfort highly depends on outdoor physical context.