Design Karkhana

Design Karkhana

Design Karkhana is a space where we conduct workshops and activities

How to Write a Good HCI Research Paper

Presented By, Sayan Sircar

3rd May, 2020

Writing a research paper, especially in the field of HCI, is often seen as an overwhelming task that could pose multiple challenges while starting out. 


The online session organised on 3rd May focused on Early Career Researchers to support them in getting the right guidance and mentorship in the field of #HCI and #Design. 


For this webinar, we put together a list of questions faced by first-timers attempting to write a research paper, and created a platform for these queries to be addressed with relevant tips and advice by an experienced academician, Sayan Sarcar.


About the speaker:

Sayan Sarcar is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. His research interests are in human-computer interaction, ageing and accessibility and user interface optimization. 


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How to Read a Research Paper

Presented by, Devanuj K Balkrishnan

10th May, 2020

In this second online sessions series, we dealt with the steps involved in reading a research paper, which becomes an imperative part of writing a paper. This webinar thus aimed to facilitate early career researchers in the process of writing an original HCI research paper.

The questions addressed in this webinar were as follows:

Why do we need to read a research paper? What is the goal of reading a research paper? How do we understand the contributions made by the authors and situate it in our research? How do we critique an existing research paper?

To tackle these questions and other challenges, we had with us Mr. Devanuj K Balkrishan, a renowned design educator and researcher, who guided us through a reading of the paper ‘Rethinking Technologies for Behavior Change: A View from the Inside of Human Change’ paper {}.

About the speaker:

Devanuj K. Balkrishan, a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from IIT Bombay, has also worked in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI). His research work frames many essential issues of designing for the future users or emergent users. His primary concern is to design appropriate and meaningful digital artefacts for the Emergent Users, that is, the persons who have been barred against the structural factors arising due to low-income, low-literacy, gender, non-urbanity etc. 

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How to do Qualitative Research & Coding Analysis.

Presented by, Rahat Jahangir Rony

17th May, 2020

In the last 2 sessions, we covered how to write and read an HCI research paper. This session focused on how to do Qualitative Research and Coding Analysis, presented by  Mr. Rahat Jahangir Rony.


In this particular webinar, we addressed the steps that follow once a topic of research has been chosen by the writer. We looked into the need for a methodology—a procedure for conducting research—in order to move forward with the process of writing an HCI Research paper. The session took the viewers through understanding the need for and the procedure involved in qualitative research, along with an understanding of coding analysis.


About the speaker:

Rahat works as a Research Assistant (since 2016 – Present) of Dr. Nova Ahmed, Associate Professor, ECE Dept., North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Recently he joined as a Research Assistant at BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 2020. He has nearly 3 years of research experience in HCI, Systems & Sensors. He has worked in a Google research project, supervised by Dr. Nithya Sambasivan.

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How to do a thorough Literature Review

Presented by, Dr. Javed Anjum Sheikh

31st May, 2020

In this 4th online session of our research paper series, we tackled how to do a Literature Review.


In the last 3 sessions, we covered three skills which would help you to write and read an HCI research paper, and how to conduct qualitative research and coding analysis.


While knowing how to write a research paper is important, it is equally important to put your research in context. Exploring existing literature helps you understand the problem space, learn from other works, and identify the need for additional research. Hence, in Sunday’s session, we will understand how to do a thorough literature review with the guidance of Dr. Javed Anjum Sheikh.


About the speaker:

Dr. Javed Anjum Sheikh is a UI researcher and Certified Knowledge Manager, with more than a decade of international teaching and research experience. He is currently the Director of QEC and Computing & IT at the University of Sialkot in Sialkot, Pakistan and was previously the Campus Director of the University of Lahore, Gujarat Campus. His primary interest lies in teaching HCI, specifically to industry practitioners, and he is passionate about joining the dots of technology and culture to create change. Some of his work includes developing Pakistan’s first digital library and a process model for cultural-specific interface design.

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How to do coding Analysis using Atlas.ti

Anurata Prabha Hridi & Anik Saha

7th June, 2020

In the 5th online session of our research paper series, we will understand How to do Coding Analysis with Atlas.ti.


In the last 4 sessions, we covered skills which would help you to write and read an HCI research paper, conduct qualitative research and coding analysis, and write a literature review. Let’s move on to the fifth week.


Writing a research paper involves a lot of qualitative research, and extensive analysis of the material you have collected. Atlas.ti is a powerful computer program used mostly for the qualitative analysis of large bodies of textual, graphical, audio and video data. Its tools help you arrange, reassemble, and manage your material in creative, yet systematic ways. Atlas.ti is useful for qualitative analysis in practically any field!

Hence, in Sunday’s session, we will understand how to do coding analysis in Atlas.ti with the guidance of Anik Saha and Anurata Prabha Hridi.


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Anik Saha is a research assistant working in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, under Dr. Nova Ahmed, at North South University, Bangladesh. Currently, he is doing a research project on understanding the educational landscape of children with autism in Bangladesh under Dr. Shameem Ahmed and Dr. Moushumi Sharmin. Aside from this, he has 2 years of research experience in fields like HCI, m-Health, etc. and has authored and co-authored several international publications.


Anurata Hridi is a graduate teaching assistant at Clemson University, USA. She was also previously a lecturer at Southeast University, Bangladesh. Her passion lies in research on data science, backed by machine learning and HCI.

Sustainable HCI in Urban Planning

MLH Local Hack Day Facilitated by Vineeta Rath, Gaurav Singh, Ravi Mani, Ranjani Balasubramanian

19th October, 2019


How Might We enable sustainability at the intersection of technological solutions and urban planning



In a one-day hack-a-thon format, we organized two talks and two workshops for our participants.


The Talks


We invited Ranjani Balasubramanian, an architect, urban designer and planner at Srishti to introduce us to the intersection of Technology and Urban Planning. With her interest in sustainable architecture, she spoke about the limitations in the use of technology in planning sustainable cities. In her experience, technological solutions alone cannot cater for sustainable and long-term solutions.


We also invited Ravi Mani an Architecture, Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies as the expert to speak about state of the art strategies being applied in the domain of energy in the urban setting. 


The Makeathon


Our participants were divided into their respective teams. There were two workshops as 

part of their design sprints.


The Workshops


  • Brainstorming Methods in Design Thinking


By Vineeta Rath


We invited Vineeta Rath, a Masters in Industrial Design from Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay. Her contributions with strategic design thinking and problem solving has helped teams align with the ‘bigger picture’ and improve experiences across various customer touch-points.


Participants were introduced to methods of aligning their chosen problems in different contexts. There were exercises for mapping stakeholders to their line of enquiry to help them scope their problems. Participants also engaged in an exercise to help scale ideas from an individual level to a community level .This session helped them curate their ideas and find relevant research ahead.



  • 15 Steps to Rapid Prototyping for HCI any designer


By Gaurav Singh


We invited Gaurav Singh, an interaction design faculty at Srishti, an HCI researcher and the founder of Mathscapes. His research spans across Human-Computer Interaction and Theoretical Computer Science. He is most keen about Prime numbers, Lossless data compression, Intelligence, Automata, Dynamic programming and helping students with tech+design.