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UX14 - Department of Design, IIT Guwahati (Safinah Ali)

October 10, 2014

UX14 - Department of Design, IIT Guwahati (Safinah Ali)

The Department of Design(DoD), one of the thirteen departments at IIT Guwahati, was set up with a vision to enkindle some of the brightest technical minds of the country a passion for innovation in technology driven by a firm understanding, appreciation and celebration of design.

The department offers an M.Des. degree, a B.Des. degree (the only undergraduate level degree of its kind in an Indian Institute of Technology) and a PhD degree in Design. The focus of the program is on the study, invention, and creative use of technologies to create effective, usable, enjoyable experiences with technology through interdisciplinary research in engineering, design, behavioural and social sciences, and to understand the impact of technology on individuals, groups, and organisations. The department envisions to produce successful graduates who will be capable of leading the changing scenarios of today and tomorrow through thought, innovation and values.


October 10, 2014

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  1. Courses ✤ Bachelors in Design (B.Des)! ✤ Masters in Design

    (M.Des)! ✤ Doctorate (PhD)! ✤ Research scholars 

  2. Laboratories at DoD ✤ Embedded Interactions Lab! ✤ E-Kalpa studio!

    ✤ Media Lab! ✤ Ergonomics Lab! ✤ Animation Studio! ✤ Usability Lab
  3. Student projects at DoD ✤ Department project I & II

 (4 months)! ✤ Bachelors’ Thesis Project (BTP)
 (1 year)! ✤ Masters’ Thesis Project (MTP)
 (1 year)! ✤ Research projects in collaboration with industry
  4. 01 Maternal healthcare ICT Intervention for empowerment of maternal healthcare

    in Assam. To improve the maternal mortality rate in Assam through intervention in information and communication technology.! ! ! (in collaboration with IBM research)
  5. 01 India Identity Program Indian Identity Program is a plan

    to provide an Indian identity to every citizen of India. The primary goal of the project is to connect the diverse people of Indian and develop a sense of unity among them through a system design.! ! Recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award 2013
  6. 01 Parichay A low cost device to increase adherence among

    Tuberculosis patients in rural Assam. The device aims to motivate the patients to adhere to DOTS therapy and to make informed health decisions.! ! ! Project published in APCHI 2013 conference
  7. 01 Chemicable ChemicAble: A Table-Top Interaction for Learning Chemistry. ChemicAble

    is a Tangible User Interface (TUI) for students of grade 8 to 10 to help them learn chemical bonding. Learning that thus happens is exploratory in nature and promotes collaborative learning with fun.! ! Project selected for APCHI 2013 conference
  8. 01 Sansara (automobile design concept) This project aims to bring

    back the nostalgia of the 50s, the time of ‘Rock n Roll’ and the vision of the BMW Company by the means of a concept, which is capable to solve the mobility problems of the future and is an ultra modern reincarnation of the BMW Isetta.
  9. 01 Clearn (Augmented Reality based E Learning) A project that

    uses Interactive learning and Augmented Reality to make concepts of Solid State in Chemistry easy to understand. The project aims at using interactive elements to make learning enjoyable.
  10. 01 Jig is up (Game design) A game that was

    developed to explore the area of NUI (Natural User Interfaces) in game design. With a special focus on segmental speech recognition, the game was a top down shooter where players used voice to turn around the protagonist and shoot.
  11. Achievements & Awards ✤ Bookpad - a startup by DoD

    students based in Bangalore acquired by Yahoo.! ✤ Chetna - an exploration of gesture based interaction to empower pregnant women of rural Assam awarded with top 30 Innovations by India Innovation Growth Program (IIGP)! ✤ Harshvardhan Upadhyay (Masters in Design) awarded Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for his Masters Thesis Project based on National Unity & Integration! ✤ DoD students grab 1 finalist, 1 runner-up and 1 shortlisted entry at OzCHI 2013! ✤ DoD students present 2 full papers, 2 short papers and 2 posters at International Conference of APCHI/ IndiaHCI 2013! ✤ DoD students awarded 2nd prize at Samsung USID Design Competition! ✤ Keyur Sorathia, Assistant Professor, Amit Ranjan and Jagriti Kumar, Alumni of DoD awarded Gandhian Young Technological Innovation award! ✤ D. Udaya Kumar awarded Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Yuva Shakti National Award
  12. Industry relations ✤ IBM Research India! ✤ Samsung Research and

    Development! ✤ Microsoft Research (MSR)! ✤ Nokia Research and Development! ✤ Xeror Research Centre India (XRCI)! ✤ Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD)
  13. “Design is about how it works” Deeply nestled inside a

    technical institute (IIT), the Department of Design is highly influenced by technology interventions. We, at DoD strongly emphasise on prototyping and actually building products based on design concepts.