Pushpendra is a Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering at IIIT-Delhi. His research is at the interactions of mobile computing and human-computer interaction with a focus on technologies for low-resource settings, especially in the context of Public Health. Pushpendra is a recipient of the prestigious Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for developing mobile-based learning platforms for community health workers. He is a Visvesvaraya Young Faculty Fellow.
Pushpendra was the founding head of the Center for Design and New Media (an initiative of Tata Foundation and supported by TCS) and also the founding head of the Dept. of Human-Centered Design.
My work lies at the intersection of human-centered computing and healthcare for development. My research supported by Google Ph.D. Fellowship (2021—present) and Visvesvaraya Ph.D. scheme for Electronics & IT (2016—2020), engages with feminist perspectives for designing technologies for women’s advocacy and the marginalised section of Indian society.
For my thesis, I am extensively working with field practitioners and NGOs to support, leverage and extend Information Communication Technology (ICT) for menstrual health education in India.
My interest lies in applying technology for improving maternal health in India. I have an interest in developing and evaluating the impact of technologies to enhance pregnant and postpartum women’s understanding of family planning and empower them to make informed choices regarding family planning. Technological interventions such as chatbots, mobile applications could extend informational and peer support to pregnant and postpartum women. The technology could help empower pregnant and postpartum women with accurate information to inform their decision-making and offer them a space to discuss family planning comfortably.
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