Research Areas in Design

Research Areas in Design

• New Product Design
• Design for Innovation
• Automobile Design
• Interior Design
• Visual Communication
• Fashion and Textile Design

The Design institute also welcomes scholars who wish to peruse collaborative inter disciplinary research of design and other departments like management, technology, humanities and social sciences

Eligibility Required:

Master’s degree in relevant areas to Design with minimum CGPA of 6 on the scale of 10.
Written exams and interviews will be used as the final selection methods for all Ph.D. programs at UID, Karnavati University, depending on what each department, centre, school, and interdisciplinary group requires.

Research Supervisors and their Areas of Interest

PhD Supervisors Names Their Areas of Interest
Dr. Bhavesh Shah
  • Theories of proportions
  • Energy efficient building design
Dr. Brajesh Dhiman
  • Interdisciplinary Design Research
  • AI-Enabled Design
  • Design for Energy
  • Socially Constructed Design
  • Design Ethnographic Methods
  • Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations: Indian Pretext
Dr. Rikimi Madhukaillya
  • Pedagogy
  • Indian Craft and minor arts
  • Architecture
  • Social Design
Dr. Arunachalam M
  • Product Design
  • Ergonomics, User experience and Usability in Design
  • Prototyping (Virtual/ Physical) – Engineering Design
Dr. Vibha Kalaiya
  • Traditional Indian crafts
  • Value addition
  • Product diversification
  • Traditional textiles & costumes
  • Dyeing, printing and embroidery
Dr. Sharmila Sinha
  • Creativity and creative process
  • Branding,
  • Identity and visual language
  • Design pedagogy
Dr. Arunita Paul
  • Design and Ergonomics for healthcare, differently abled population
  • Design and Ergonomics in crisis management
  • Design research, methodological framework development, predictive modeling etc
  • Design anthropology


Research facilities (List of labs @ UID)

  1. Makers Arena ( 3D Printing, AR/VR and Laser Cutting Facility)
  2. Photography Studio
  3. Digital & Computer Lab
  4. Printing & Dyeing Lab
  5. Sewing Lab
  6. Pattern Making lab
  7. Knitting Lab
  8. Audio & Video Editing Center
  9. Mechanical workshop
  10. Felder Lab (wood crafting workshop)
  11. Traditional Wood workshop
  12. Metal workshop
  13. Jewellery Workshop (Ground Floor)
  14. Ceramic Workshop
  15. Digital innovation future labs
  16. Craft workshop

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