Nitin Sawhney

Nitin Sawhney

Professor of Practice
Professor of Practice

As a human-centered design researcher Nitin examines the critical role of technology, civic media, and urban interventions in contested spaces. Nitin engages user experience design, participatory action research, sensory ethnography, and multi-modal (speech/audio) approaches for complex contexts of human-machine interaction. Nitin has recently been conducting research at the intersection of AI and HCI for real-time news as well as humanitarian and crisis situations.

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Konemiehentie 2 02150 Espoo Finland


Ecologies of Contestation in Participatory Design

Nitin Sawhney 2020 16th Participatory Design Conference (PDC 2020)

Te Awa Tupua: Sacred Rivers and Cooperative Urban AI Ecosystems

Nitin Sawhney 2020 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2020)

Cooperative Crisis Response among Emergency Responders & AI Systems

Nitin Sawhney 2019 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing

Zona Intervenida: Performance as Memory, Transforming Contested Spaces

N. Sawhney 2019 Rethinking Peace: Discourse, Memory, Translation, and Dialogue

Audio Journaling for Self-Reflection and Assessment among Teens in Participatory Media Programs

N. Sawhney, C. Graver, E. Breitkopf 2018 IDC '18: Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children

Civic Engagement through DIY Urbanism and Collective Networked Action

N. Sawhney, C. de Klerk, S. Malhotra 2015 Planning Practice and Research

Aago for Mobile Media Narratives Created by Teens

N. Sawhney, A. Dougherty, L. Shim 2013 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '13)

New Directions in Participatory Video: Emerging Digital Technologies and Practices

A. Dougherty, N. Sawhney 2012 The Handbook of Participatory Video

Voices Beyond Walls: The Role of Digital Storytelling for Empowering Marginalized Youth in Refugee Camps

N. Sawhney 2009 IDC '09: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children

ThinkCycle: Sharing Distributed Design Knowledge for Open Collaborative Design

N. Sawhney, S. Griffith, Y. Maguire, T. Prestero 2002 International Journal of Technologies for the Advancement of Knowledge and Learning

Aware Community Portals: Shared Information Appliances for Transitional Spaces

N. Sawhney, Sean Wheeler, C. Schmandt 2001 Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

Nomadic Radio: Speech and Audio Interaction for Contextual Messaging in Nomadic Environments

N. Sawhney, C. Schmandt 2000 ACM Transactions on Computer-Human interaction (TOCHI)

Auditory Context Awareness via Wearable Computing

B. Clarkson, N. Sawhney, A. Pentland 1998 Energy

Speaking and Listening on the Run: Design for Wearable Audio Computing

N. Sawhney, C. Schmandt 1998 Second International Symposium on Wearable Computers

Teaching and Learning as Multimedia Authoring

G. D. Abowd, C. G. Atkeson, A. Feinstein, C. Hmelo, R. Kooper, N. Sawhney, M. Tani, Sue Long 1997 Proceedings of the 4th ACM International Conference on Multimedia, MULTIMEDIA 1996

Authoring and Navigating Video in Space and Time

N. Sawhney, D. Balcom, I. Smith 1997 IEEE Multimedia

Dynomite: A Dynamically Organized Ink and Audio Notebook

L. D. Wilcox, B. N. Schilit, N. Sawhney 1997 Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

HyperCafe: Narrative and Aesthetic Properties of Hypervideo

N. Sawhney, D. Balcom, I. Smith 1996 Proceedings of the Seventh ACM Conference on Hypertext