Neha Kumar (IN)
Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech
Talk: Designing for Intersections
Neha Kumar is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech, with a joint appointment in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing. With a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s School of Information and masters from Stanford University, Kumar says that she thrives in spaces where she can use her background in computer science, design, and ethnography all at once. Kumars work lies at the intersection of human-computer interaction/design and global development.
She says that the focus of her research is to understand and critically examine the technology practice and the sociotechnical context of the people that she study, and to leverage this understanding to design appropriate technology and inventions for them.
Neha is also the co-founder of a non-profit mHealth start-up, which targets concerns regarding children’s health – early detection of growth, development, and immunization issues – in the Indian context. This idea won first prize at a health hackathon organized by CAMTech and held at GE Research in Bangalore, in 2014. It also won an Innovation Award from CAMTech in early 2015.