Hello! I am Saumya. I am pursuing my PhD in the Informatics department at University of California, Irvine. I am a designer, researcher, artist, and maker in the field of human computer interaction. My research is on physical-digital interfaces for playful experiences like interactive storytelling. I enjoy making hybrid art-technology artifacts. I also explore emerging forms of technology such as tangible interfaces, wearables, and virtual reality. I am advised by Dr. Tess 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, T. (2019, June). Evaluating the Pleasures of Agency in Shiva's Rangoli, a Tangible Storytelling Installation. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (pp. 49-60). ACM. link
Gupta, S. , Tanenbaum, T., & 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, T. (2019, June). Shiva's Rangoli: Tangible Interactive Storytelling in Ambient Environments. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (pp. 29-32). ACM. link
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
(In publication) Gupta, S. , Tanenbaum, T., Devii, M. Marathe, A. (2020, April). Investigating Roleplaying and Identity Transformation in a Virtual Reality Narrative Experience. In publication for 2020 CHI. ACM.
UX Research Intern
June 2019 - September 2019
UX Research and Design Intern
June 2018 - September 2018
September 2016 - Present
Associate Software Engineer
August 2014 - May 2016
PhD in Informatics
September 2018 - Present
M.S. in Informatics
September 2016 - June 2018
B.E. in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Economics
August 2009 - August 2014