Student Successes

Nitya Verma

Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction

What degree are you working toward?

Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

Due to the various opportunities in research and working with top-researchers in the field of HCI.

I enjoy conducting qualitative research, interviewing and observing people, listening to their stories while trying to make sense of a larger phenomena.

What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?

My favorite academic accomplishment continues to be conducting field work. I enjoy conducting qualitative research, interviewing and observing people, listening to their stories while trying to make sense of a larger phenomena. Presenting our pilot research at CHI this year in May in San Jose was a really encouraging and enriching experience as well; our poster received an Honorable Mention for that work, which is considered a prestigious, highly selective award in the community.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

I enjoy exploring the parks around here and good restaurants with my husband. Definitely also appreciate being more involved with service for the school and community.

Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.

My research revolves around studying big data systems in organizational contexts, more specifically ones that are geared towards human-services. I am exploring the research space currently with local law enforcement agencies to look at how the design of such systems impacts the lived experience of various stakeholders. I am also the president of the Women in Technology club and organized Brown Bag lunches this past year with Zeb Wood for the Human-Centered Computing department.