Ravi Poovaiah 

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Professor, IDC, IIT Bombay

Areas of study and research:
- Designing for Children - play and learn,
- Digital Resources for Learning,
- Collaborative Environments,
- Design, Technology and Culture,
- Designing for Interactions in Social Media,
- Information Visualisation and Structuring,
- New Media Design and Interaction Design,
- Visual Language and Communication Design
- Wayfinding, Identity and Information Systems

Ongoing projects as PI:

Collaborative Social Environments:
'COSMIC Project'
- The Centre of Social Media Innovations for Communities:
- sponsored by Media Development Authority, Singapore this is a joint initiative between IIT Bombay, NUS and NTU in Singapore with intentions to explore application of social media for the Middle of the Pyramid user segment in developing economies.

website: www.cosmic.nus.edu.sg

'Collaborative Solar Project'
- on creating an experience driven collaborative environment using the net for children across different countries
website: www.colorsofindia.com

'Interactive Social Environments'
- interaction design process and developing applications for specific user groups - undeserved, physically disadvantaged and the informal sector.
Related website: www.idc.iitb.ac.in/msr

Designing for Children:

'Learning with fun'
- combines storybuilding, gaming and characterization with interactivity and play to create an environment of learning that is full of fun and experience.
website: www.wavehome.net

'Digital Folk Tales'
This research project is intended to preserve traditional forms of folk tales in digital form - efforts are aimed at resourcing and visualizing the content in different medias and making it freely accessible to all.
website: www.idc.iitb.ac.in/research/research-focus-groups.html

Online Digital Resources:

'Dsource - resource on design in India'
- creation of new learning environments that will provide free access to critical knowledge in the field of design - sponsored by MHRD, being collaboratively developed by IDC IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati and NID.
website: www.dsource.in

'Design-Cuture-Technology Traid'
- documentation, analysis andapplication projects exploring triadic relationship between Design, Culture and Technology in the context of India.

'Design-in-India Resource'
- building a web space for creating, preserving, documenting resources for design in the context of India (started January 2005).
website: www.designinindia.net

'Designing for Children'
- creating a resource facility on issues related to designing for children

Way-Finding Systems:
'Signage Systems'

- as applied to iconic wayfinding representations for public facilities, Internet navigation, Interface Design, etc.
Related website: www.designofsignage.com

'Smart Navigator'
- for way-finding applications in City Streets, Public Places, Museums, Super markets, etc.

'Visible Information Studies'
- Studies related to organising and structuring information in various media to facilitate construction and visualisation of information.


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Contact Details:

Industrial Design Centre,
Indian Institute of Technology,
Powai, Mumbai 400076

091-22-2576 7820
091-22-2576 7801
091-22-2576 7803
091-22-2578 3480
email: ravi[at]iitb.ac.in


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