Hi, I am Safinah. I am a graduate student at the Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab. My research focus is child-robot interaction for behavioral learning, creativity support robots, creative AI, and AI literacy for k-12. I like making art and robots. I teach k-12 students about robots and making games.
3 years of experience with User Research, Contextual Inquiry, Games Research, Usability Evaluation, and Data Analysis. Published author in India HCI, UX India, Meaningful Play, and DiGRA.
4 years of experience in Visual Design, primarily focusing on User Interface Design. Designed and shipped 15+ products. Skilled at design and prototyping tools.
Grew up in a beautiful small town. Learned the art of terrible jokes. Sang my first songs and read my first books. Developed a liking for comics.
Learned to design a thing or two. Met the smartest people. Built stuff. Broke stuff. Learned to fix stuff. Designed my first product.
Kept my eyes and ears open. Got my hands dirty trying a range of UX practices. Took ownership of my projects. Worked directly with clients. Was guided by amazing mentors. Designed beautiful interfaces.
Joined Techniche (the annual techno-management festival of IIT Guwahati) as a designer in 2012. Led a team of 12 designers to strategize branding and overall design requirements of the 2014 edition of Techniche.
Practiced User Centered Design. Worked in a diverse team. Learned from the experts. Observed how the corporate giants work.
Worked in health and tech. Worked with the users. Built some more stuff. Analyzed data. Wrote my bachelor's thesis.
Embraced challenges. Acquired a spectrum of skills. Transpired ideas to products. Explored new cultures.
Worked with the IXDA team to organize the IxD Education Summit. Designed the logo, and handled the website and schedule for the summit.
Conducted a research study on accessibility in desktop computers. Designed an app to make stock price charts more accessible.
Project management, analyzing user data, running studies, and designing games on Twitch. Working with an amazing team of Game Designers, and Researchers.
User Experience for several vertical products delivering data center and cloud security through micro-segmentation.
Human-robot interaction, AI education, Embodied creativity
Designing creative human-AI interactions.