Past Graduate Fellows

2020 - 2021 Graduate Research Assistants

Aditya Anupam


I am a Ph.D. student in Digital Media at the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech advised by Dr. Nassim Parvin, Dr. Janet Murray, and Dr. Anne Sullivan. My research is situated at the confluence of science, media, and learning. Specifically, I draw on pragmatist, STS, and feminist scholarship to analyze, design, and develop digital and non-digital learning environments that aim to cultivate in students an understanding of scientific inquiry as a situated practise that is entangled with society.

Yash Lara


Yash is a second-year student in the MS-HCI program. With a background in chemical and biomedical engineering, industry experience in business analysis and along with his current education in HCI, Yash brings an eclectic skill set to the lab. Yash specializes in user research, UX design and wireframing, web development and project management using Agile. Yash is working with Prof. Nassim Parvin in the Design and Social Interaction Studio. He is also serving as the managing editor for the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

Kevin Tang


Kevin is a Digital Media Master’s student with a background in computer science and game design. His research interests lie in using virtual and augmented reality to design novel games and experiences for web, mobile, and tabletop spaces. Current projects include developing augmented reality tools for Dungeons & Dragons with Dr. Anne Sullivan and researching interactive narrative theory with Dr. Janet Murray. As a researcher, Kevin is always eager to learn new technologies and theories, and he is passionate about helping others develop their skillsets.

Ryan Winstead


Ryan is a second-year MS HCI student in the digital media track. Before the program, he worked at an international human rights organization on their digital communications team, focusing on ethnography and increasing public support for human rights activism. Ryan specializes in Unity game development, UX, and web development in social good spaces.

2019 - 2020 Graduate Research Assistants

Pragati Singh


Pragati is a second-year MS-Human-Computer Interaction student in the digital media track. She specialises in qualitative research, UX design, design philosophy and STS studies. She has been working on designing web exhibit for Integration Years in Coffee County. Her research includes understanding the urban environment in the context of smart cities.

Mariam Moattari

Mariam is a second-year MS Human-Computer Interaction student advised by Dr. Janet Murray. She has an extensive background in web development and has also worked professionally in television film and commercial photography industries. She is the developer of the Vieques Struggle: Digital Video Archive and her current research pertains to a multi-sequential exploration approach towards the representation of complex topics.

2018 - 2019 Graduate Research Assistants

Courtney Allen


Courtney is a first-year MS-Human-Computer Interaction student in the interactive computing track. She specializes in physical prototyping, basic hardware prototyping, user research, interaction design, design thinking, and creative problem solving. In DILAC, Courtney helps create events that expose the lab’s resources to students across campus. Her research pertains to work based on the visualization of data; she primarily focuses on the integration of physical hardware for tactile interactions with visualized data.

Xinyi Chen


Xinyi is a second-year MS-Human-Computer Interaction student in the interactive computing track. She specializes in qualitative and quantitative user research methods, interaction design, data visualization and text analysis. Her research included projects on topics such as broad internet-using behavior, museum experience design, AR/VR and text analysis.

2017 - 2018 Graduate Research Assistants

Alex Beall


Alex is a second-year MS-Human-Computer Interaction student in the interactive computing track. She specializes in UX design, focusing on interaction design and prototyping for AR and web technologies. Her research interests pertain broadly to accessibility.

Jonathan (J.D.) Darsey


Jonathan (JD) is a second year PhD International Relations student at Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, where he studies international development and comparative politics. Prior to Georgia Tech, he spent nearly 20 years in business strategy as a consultant to global pharmaceutical companies at Accenture and as an academic administrator at Emory University. His research explores the intersection of political economy and geography, focusing on how political, social, and economic factors affect regional variations in development & conflict. His research projects include studies of how different forms of political decentralization influence deforestation rates in Northeast India, how rural land ownership patterns contributed to the spatial distribution of violence in Burundi’s civil war, and how colonial-era transportation infrastructure continues to influence the distribution of political and economic power within countries that were European colonies. Based on this research, he specializes within DILAC in applying GIS / geostatistics, social network analysis, data visualization, and natural language processing to academic research problems.

Vikas Luthra


Vikas is a second-year MS-Human-Computer Interaction student in the interactive computing. He specializes in qualitative and quantitative user research methods, design thinking and creative problem solving, interaction design, prototyping, and visual design. His research interests lie at the intersection of psychology, design and computing technology. In past, he has worked in interesting problem areas like accessibility for visually impaired, voice based interaction, tech access to underexposed communities and human-machine interactions.

Taha Merghani


Taha is a first-year MS-Computer Science student specializing in machine learning. He is interested in computational text analysis. Taha is also affiliated with the computational linguistics lab at the school of interactive computing where he is exploring natural language processing techniques that are robust to social variation.

Morgan Orangi


Morgan is a second-year MS-Human-Computer Interaction student in the digital media track. She specializes in user research methods, UX design, video editing, and the design thinking process, and helps to maintain DILAC's website and social media. Her research primarily pertains to access and has included projects on topics such as urban creek contamination, internet connectivity on Native American reservations, and food security in Atlanta.

Hayden Duke Russell


Hayden is a second-year MS-Digital Media student. He specializes in game design and programming, virtual reality development, and hardware prototyping. In DILAC, he mainly works as a consultant on VR/AR projects. His research focuses on the adaptation of literature into video games and includes projects that adapt properties from writers such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Haruki Murakami, and even television programs, such as Mobile Suit Gundam.

Kyeungbum "Henry" Kim


Henry is a first-year Digital Media student. He has a background in digital journalism specialized in photography, videography, and social media, and, using these skills, he is maintaining DILAC’s website and social media strategy. His focus is UX Design and VR/AR.