We are a part of the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research India. The focus of our group is to study problems around the use of computing technology in educational applications in developing regions. Our methods involve a combination of software development and sociological experimentation and we have expertise in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. We have worked on software prototypes to enable multiple children to share a single PC, and we have also conducted evaluations of how the use of digital technology in a classroom impacts learning outcomes.

We work in close collaboration with partners in the Government and Development sector and conduct pilot projects ranging in duration from a few weeks to several months. Over the last 4 years, we have partnered with at least 5 different non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – including Azim Premji Foundation (APF), America India Foundation (AIF), Education Development Center (EDC), Akshara Foundation, Pratham, and Akanksha Foundation – and conducted field trials in at least 8 different schools on a variety of education-related projects.

Current Researchers David Hutchful; Saurabh Panjwani; Bill Thies
Alumni Joyojeet Pal; Udai Singh Pawar
Interns Saleema Amershi; Abigail Cauchi; Rachita Chandra; Jennifer Fenech; Karl Fenech; Aakar Gupta; Apurva Joshi; Dmitry Kogan; Akhil Mathur; Luana Micallef; Gaurav Paruthi; Navkar Samdaria; Ashish Sharma; Praveen Shekhar; Heinz Susaeta