I am a second-year PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech, advised by Dr. Neha Kumar. My research lies at the intersection of HCI and Global Health. I employ qualitative and participatory design methods to study community health infrastructures in the Global South, and inform the design of technology that can help improve health outcomes. My focus is on underserved settings in India.
Drawing on postcolonial and feminist theory, my work grapples with questions of power and justice around healthcare (and technology) access and provision—along the lines of gender, class, caste, and religion. I believe that technology, if appropriately designed, can support grassroots efforts to address inequities in healthcare. More recently, I have been closely following the move towards artificial intelligence (AI) and data-driven applications in Global Health, and am interested in the human-centered design of these technologies so that they subvert dominant power structures, and not reinforce them.
I am also the Co-Founder of a non-profit community-run makerspace in Mumbai (MakerGhat), and Co-Editor of a medium publication on Human-Centered Computing Across Borders. My background is in computer engineering; I received my undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech. You can learn more about my research, read my blog, or view my CV.
Current projects: Chitra (supporting last-mile healthcare), MakerGhat (community-run non-profit makerspace in Mumbai)