Hi! I am a Human-Centered Computing PhD candidate at Georgia Tech. I am advised by Prof. Neha Kumar in the Tandem Lab. My research is situated at the intersections of caregiving, care work, and conversational agents and user interfaces in HCI.
My dissertation research is centered on caregiving relationships and interactions, investigating how emerging technologies can be designed and leveraged towards augmenting them. My research employs ethnographic and qualitative research methods, and includes both foundational research as well as system design, development, and evaluation. My work has been published at venues like CHI, CSCW, and PDC, receiving Best Paper and Honorable Mention awards at CSCW in 2020 and 2021. I was also a Finalist for the 2022 GVU Foley Scholarship at Georgia Tech: my department's highest award recognizing students' academic achievements and contributions.
My professional experience during my PhD includes internship stints in the Technology and Empowerment group at Microsoft Research India, and the Medical Experiences and Design group at Microsoft Research Health Futures in the US. Before my PhD, I worked as a Research Assistant at the United Nations University Institute for Computing and Society in Macau SAR, China working on various Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) projects. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), Surathkal, India.
You can contact me at: ksbhat (at) gatech (dot) edu
You can view my CV here.
(updated June 2022)