I am an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech, with a joint appointment in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing. I study human-computer interaction/design for global development. I’m a computer scientist, designer, and ethnographer, and thrive in spaces where I can wear all hats at once. My team of students and I study mobile/social/visual media practices in resource-constrained contexts, and use our findings to inform appropriate technology design and deployment. Areas we work in include access, health, education, and crisis response. Countries we work in include India, Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Cuba, and Ecuador. Read more about my lab – TanDEm (short for Technology and Design for Empowerment) here.
I got my Ph.D. in December 2013 from UC Berkeley’s School of Information under the incredible guidance of Prof. Tapan Parikh. That was after my (two) Master’s degrees at Stanford University, in Computer Science and then in Learning, Design, and Technology. In between those two degrees, I worked at Microsoft Corp. for two years, as a software design engineer on the Powerpoint team. I did my undergrad at UC Berkeley, happily double majoring in Computer Science and Math, when my life had seemed to be headed in a very different direction.
Before Fall 2015, I spent almost two years as a post-doctoral researcher. I was a Research Associate at the University of Washington, where I was mentored by Profs. Richard Anderson and Gaetano Borriello in the Computer Science and Engineering department. I was also at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication as their Digital Diversity Postdoc. Yes, that’s a lot of school(s). At heart, I’m covered in blue and gold. A decade at Berkeley can do that to you.
You can get in touch with me at neha dot kumar at gatech dot edu.