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Hello! I am Saumya. I am pursuing my PhD in the Informatics department at University of California, Irvine. I am a designer, researcher, and maker in the field of human computer interaction. My research is on physical-digital interfaces and interactive storytelling. I enjoy making hybrid art-technology artifacts. I also explore emerging forms of technology such as tangible interfaces and virtual reality. I am advised by Dr. Josh Tanenbaum and I am a part of the Transformative Play Lab.

In my free time I like making art, swimming, practicing yoga, and watching / reading anything that tells a good story.

Here is a link to my Resume


Gupta, S. , Tanenbaum, J. G., & Tanenbaum, K. (2019, March). Shiva's Rangoli: Tangible Storytelling through Diegetic Interfaces in Ambient Environments. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (pp. 65-75). ACM. link

Gupta, S. , Tanenbaum J. (2019, June) Shiva’s Rangoli: Evaluating pleasures of agency in interactive storytelling. Accepted for DIS 2019

Gupta, S. , Venkateswaran, P., Khurana, S., & Rayavaram, S. (2018, April). Touch To Talk: A Wearable Representing Social Media Metaphors. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. LBW128). ACM. link

Boyd, L. E., Gupta, S. , Vikmani, S. B., Gutierrez, C. M., Yang, J., Linstead, E., & Hayes, G. R. (2018, April). vrSocial: Toward Immersive Therapeutic VR Systems for Children with Autism. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. 204). ACM. link

Gupta, S. (2018, June) Shiva’s Rangoli: Tangible and Interactive Storytelling in Ambient Environments. (UCI Master’s thesis) link

Work Experience

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ESRI Redlands, CA

UX Research and Design Intern

June 2018 - September 2018

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University of California Irvine

Teaching Assistant

September 2016 - Present

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EMC2, Bangalore

Associate Software Engineer

August 2014 - May 2016


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University of California Irvine

PhD in Informatics

September 2018 - Present

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University of California Irvine

M.S. in Informatics

September 2016 - June 2018

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BITS Pilani Goa Campus

B.E. in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Economics

August 2009 - August 2014