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Contact details:
B 113, Faculty House,
IIT Bombay,
Powai,
Mumbai 400076
India
Phone: 091-22-2572160, 091-22-25768820
email: ajanta[at]colorsofindia.com
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Short Cv:
  • Dr. Ajanta Sen has a Ph.D. in Development Planning from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, India.
  • She is the International Director of Solar Project, a networking technology project about cross-cultural collaborative learning environments for children and a joint initiative between schools and design institutes in India and UK. The project has won over a hundred awards to date.
  • With her key interests in interpreting technologies vis-à-vis cultural paradigms for the emerging markets, the socio-cultural analysis of industrial design-related issues, and critiquing new media technologies and design issues for the media, Dr.Sen specializes in the disciplines of Interaction Design (chip-based products that work interactively in a computing environment), Social Computing (bringing real-life user experiences on computing environment through proxies), and the evolution of industrial design as a co-evolution of technology.
  • She has helped conceptualise, advise and co-organise international events such as the 'Icograda Design week in India', international conference on 'Designing for Children' and 'In a Planet of Our Own - a vision of sustainability and design from across six continents'
  • Some of her noteworthy and ongoing projects are with the MicroSoft Corporation and MicroSoft Research, Redmond, USA, Motorola India Research, Bangalore, Yahoo Research, Sunnyvale, USA, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), India, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), India, the Khadim’s Group, India, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, among others.
  • Dr. Sen serves as master juror for international design competitions and keynote speaker at international design platforms, is a visiting/guest faculty at design institutions and additionally lends her time as advisory for the Indian Architect and Builder (IA&B), India.
 
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Qualifications:


Position:
  • Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Development Planning, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, India


  • International Coordinator, ‘Project Solar Eclipse' (and its applications outcome 'Project New Century'):
    [international cross-cultural projects relating to the Internet and the emerging technologies for children and other user groups; principal collaborators - the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, Edward James Foundation/West Dean College, Chichester, UK  and the Falmouth College of Arts (FCA), Falmouth, UK]
  • Advisor to INDIGO, the International Indigenous Design Network for its engagement with the Indian subcontinent.
  • Founder, designinindia.net - a free and popular service on the net, providing resource on the world of design in India
  • Project consultant for new technology issues to 'Composite Technologies', Bangalore and Studio Printart, Kolkata.
  • Consultant and columnist on new technology issues for the architecture journal 'Indian Architect and Builder' (IA&B)
  • Visiting Faculty for Interaction Design in Design Institutes: emphasizing the role of culture-design-technology factors in digital environments and inputs into problem space visualisation methods for out-of-the-box creative solutions.
  • Co-investigator with invited projects (2003, 2005, 2007) at the Social Computing Group, MicroSoft Research (MSR), Redmond, USA; Yahoo Research, USA (2007); Interval Research Corporation, USA, (1996, 1997)
  • Consultant Strategist for Microsoft India, 2006-present, Consultant Strategist for Technology Applications, Motorola India Labs, 2005-2007, Consultant Strategist for Product Vision and Retail Space, Khadim’s Group, India (2004), Consultant Strategist for Retail Outlet Design, BPCL, India (2003-2004)
  • Recipient of Senior Fellowship (2003-2005), Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India: Project entitled “A Cross-Cultural Computer-Mediated Collaboration Initiative”
  • Project consultant for projects based at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay
  • Founder, colorsofindia.com - a resource website for the 'project solar eclipse' and dreamsubmit.net - a free service on the net meant primarily for webmasters
 
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Specialisation/
Core Competencies:

  • Analysis, planning and implementation of design-technology related initiatives
  • Envisioning future applications (in areas related to social computing, play and learn situations and collaborative environments)
  • R&D interests: critical issues in design, issues in development planning, technology interpretation and its contextualisations within cultural paradigms
  • Designing collaborative environments both on and off the Net for ground-level program implementation (conceptualisation of themes, designing tasks and implementation)
  • Critiquing new media technologies and design issues for the media
  • Cross-relate across disciplines - to interpret data, information, material etc., at various levels of abstraction.
  • Interpretation of technology vis-à-vis a cultural paradigm
  • Socio-cultural analysis of industrial design-related issues
  • Cross-relate across disciplines - to interpret data, information, material etc., at various levels of abstraction.
  • Courses/lectures on evolution of new media technology, history of design (industrial design, graphic design, sign design, etc.,)
  • Social demographic and anthropological analysis
  • Research on new design initiatives, Conducting user studies, Formulating strategies and branding of retail visual identity (RVI) programs for the industry
 
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