Nikhita Singh
 

Designer. Engineer. Researcher.

MIT Media Lab / Palantir / UC Berkeley EngineerING

I design, build and study how people interact with
smart technologies through objects, spaces and tools.

 
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My work lives at the intersections of
intelligent machines, data, and human-centered design.

CHAPTER 1. INTELLIGENT MACHINES

CHAPTER 2. PEOPLE & data

CHAPTER 3. HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN

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Ch. 1
Intelligent
Machines

Explorations in designing
intelligent agents that interact
with our physical world

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Connected
in Space

An exploration of social robots as
enablers of connection between
space and earth in zero gravity.

interaction design / robotics

 
 
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Robot Storytelling
Companion

Personal Robots Group's study of
robot learning companions for
language learning

INTERACTION DESIGN / ROBOTICS / FIELD WORK

 
 
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Proactive Agents & Eldercare

Research study to understand
needs and desires of older adults
for embodied agent technologies 

UX RESEARCH / ROBOTICS

 
 
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Social Connectivity & Embodied Agents

A deep dive in how embodied agents
can facilitate social connection between
people across generations

INTERACTION DESIGN / DESIGN RESEARCH

 
 
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Bomb Retrieval Robot

Designing a model for bomb
retrieval in an unknown maze

ROBOTICS / DATA

 
 
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UC Berkeley
AutoLab

Research projects from
undergraduate research at
Ken Goldberg's AutoLab

DATA / USER-INTERFACE DESIGN
/ MACHINE LEARNING

 
 
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Ch.2
People
& Data

Explorations in big data,
capturing human behaviors,
and computational models

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Modeling Children's Nonverbal Behaviors

Data collection and models for
children's backchannel behaviors in
peer-to-peer interactions.

DATA / MACHINE LEARNING

 
 
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Analyzing Learning Patterns

Data insights from Curious
Learning's deployment of
tablets around the world

DATA / UX RESEARCH

 
 
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Fighting Pesticide Runoff With Data

Designing an environmentally
friendly delivery system for
pesticides using data

DATA / FIELD WORK

 
 
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Sonos Data Dashboards

Design and development of data
dashboards and forecast model
for Sonos

DATA / INTERFACE DESIGN

 
 
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Ch.3
Human
Centered
Design

Explorations in designing objects,
spaces, and tools for people 

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Design
for Refugee Crisis

Designing science and technology
curriculum as well as robot petting
zoo for child refugees from the
US-Mexico border crisis. 

USER-CENTERED DESIGN / FIELD WORK / ROBOTICS

 
 
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Connection
Across
Generations

An exploration in enabling
social connection between elders
and grandkids through storytelling
and surfaces

INTERACTION DESIGN / DATA

 
 
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Spatial Emotional Awareness

A wearable to perceive the
emotional temperature of
relationships in space 

WEARABLES / INTERACTION DESIGN

 
 
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Campus Aid

An emergency management
system design for UC Berkeley

INTERACTION DESIGN / UX RESEARCH

 
 
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Increasing Funding in National Parks

A digital media approach to encourage
micro-donations by increasing the
connection between donors and parks. 
Mentored by Frog Design.

INTERACTION DESIGN / DESIGN RESEARCH

 
 
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Consulting
Projects

Redesigning Ad Sales
(Fortune 500)

Led design, product development and user adoption of machine learning based tool for ad sales optimization. 

Plato at the Office
(technology company)

Designed an internal use comic book synthesizing organizational challenges through the lens of Plato and Hegel.

redesigning fraud prevention
(government agency)

Conducted extensive user research and designed prototype of system for financial fraud tip detection and processing.

Natural Disasters & Data
(fortune 500)

Implemented models and designed interfaces to enable better assessment of natural disaster risk to properties.

 

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