OUR WORK FOCUS
HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN
We conduct qualitative and quantitative research to understand explicit, tacit and latent needs of our end users driven by an iterative design and prototyping process.
TECH SOLUTIONS FOR INCLUSION
We use technology to bridge the gap between the needs of a culturally diverse low-literate population from rural and semi urban India and the existing services that are not accessible to them.
We build interfaces that speak and listen to the users in their native Indian languages and understand the nuances of their dialects to be able to serve them better.
A software SDK for companies to implement a text-independent, visual and voice-driven user experience on their existing smartphone apps to include low literate users.
A layer on top solution to limit changes required to existing app interface as much as possible.
VOICE DRIVEN NAVIGATION
Domain-specific, hyper localized speech to text to help users communicate, search, navigate and enter data using voice.
Building in partnership with Vivek Seshadri and Kalika Bali from Microsoft Research India.
Language set : Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, Punjabi, Telugu, Gujarati, Bhojpuri and Odia
CONTEXTUAL VOICE ASSISTANT
Text-to-speech & audio files support to guide users through complex interfaces.
Enterprises will be able to add functionality for the assistant to animate buttons and explain functionality to the user in the user’s local language.
Covers all Indian languages
Research backed repository of illustrative iconography used to explain actions, context and concepts on a screen independent of text.
This iconography is locally inspired and draws from the Indian context to deliver relevant and effective communication.
MEDIA AND PRESS
With Navana Tech, these brothers are building a mobile SDK to make the Internet Bharat-friendly [Tech30]
Microsoft Research India launches centre for Societal impact through Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (SCAI)
These 11 fintech startups are working to make financial inclusion accessible and affordable for Bharat
Head of Design
Product Manager – Design
Product Manager – Technology
Sr. Android Developer
UI/UX Designer and Researcher
Srinivasa Raghavan K M
Lead Speech Scientist
Head of Strategy and Business Development
Indrani Medhi Thies
Indrani Medhi Thies is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, whose primary work has been in UIs for low-literate and novice technology users. Indrani has a Ph.D. from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, India; a Masters degree in Design from the IIT Institute of Design, Chicago, USA; and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from VNIT, Nagpur, India. Indrani’s distinctions include the ACM SIGCHI Social Impact award and the MIT TR35 award. Her UI design work has been featured at MoMA the Museum of Modern Art, New York’s online exhibit.
Max Shatkhin is a Research Engineer with experience building complex systems for the Defense Industry and applying ML/AI methods to mitigate mis-diagnosis in Medical Imaging. He has a Master’s in Computer Science from Cornell Tech, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. Max was a part of Navana Tech’s inception at Cornell Tech and continues to work closely with the company on how to apply ML technologies to the low-literate technology space.