HCI Research: Building Systems in Low-Resource Settings

Prof. Pushpendra Singh, CSE & HCD, IIITD

Short Bio:
Pushpendra is a Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering and Dept. of Human-Centered Design at IIIT-Delhi. His research is at the interactions of mobile computing and human-computer interaction with a focus on technologies for low-resource settings, especially in the context of Public Health. Pushpendra is a recipient of the prestigious Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for developing mobile-based learning platforms for community health workers.

Date:June 11, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM IST


Recent times have seen a rapid increase in uptake of computing devices, e.g. mobile devices, by masses. A good number of mobile phone users are therefore low-literate and have limited technology exposure, especially in developing countries. At the same time, there is an increased push towards digitizing essential services, e.g., recently Covid-19 app was promoted by the government to be used by all. In such changing times, the importance of making systems that are usable by a vast majority is extremely important. In this talk, he will discuss the research problems being tackled at Mélange lab. He will be sharing our work in IVR Systems, Maternal and Child Health, and Menstrual and Sexual Health. His research has often resulted in the solutions being deployed in the field and used by masses. He will also be discussing field challenges that HCI researchers face as well as the state of HCI4D (HCI for Development) research.