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Prof. Ravi Poovaiah

Professor Ravi Poovaiah, a distinguished faculty member at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, holds academic backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, and Graphic Arts Education. He pursued his studies at the Indian Institutes of Technology in Madras and Bombay (IIT Madras and IIT Bombay) and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, USA.

His current academic and research pursuits center around Interaction Design, New Media Design, Visual Design, and Product Design. Research interests include Visual Language, Information Visualization, Visual Narratives, Wayfinding Systems, Interaction Devices, Collaborative Social and Learning Environments, and Designing for Children.

Professor Poovaiah actively contributes to the development of digital resources related to ‘Design Learning,’ ‘Folk Tales,’ ‘Interactive Systems,’ ‘Designing for Children,’ ‘Design of Wayfinding Systems,’ and ‘Design in India,’ ensuring free and open access to networked information.

He plays a key role in the coordination of the Ministry of Human Resources sponsored project ‘e-kalpa’ alongside NID and IIT Guwahati, aimed at constructing an open-source digital learning environment for design in India. Additionally, he serves as the co-director of the research project ‘COSMIC,’ focusing on experimenting with Social Media at IIT Bombay, in collaboration with institutes NTU and NUS in Singapore.

Professor Poovaiah boasts a rich portfolio of collaborations with major industry leaders such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Google India, Motorola India, Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Bharat Electronics Limited, and Siemens India.

On the professional front, he contributed to the retail design of a superstore chain for the Khadims group in Eastern India. He played a pivotal role in designing the corporate vision and retail design for Bharat Petroleum, implemented across thousands of outlets in India. Previously, he engaged in a similar exercise for Indian Oil Corporation. Alongside a colleague, he designed an electronic voting machine (EVM) for India, built by Bharat Electronics Limited.