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Hi, I am Mrunal.

HCI Researcher. Designer. Artist.


I am Mrunal, a 2nd year Masters in HCI student at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am fortunate to be advised by Dr. Huaishu Peng, at the SMART Lab at UMD. During my undergraduate years, I had the privilege to be advised by Dr. Dipanjan Chakraborty at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, India. My work has previously been published at conferences like CSCW'22 and IndiaHCI'20. I also worked as a professional UX Designer at OLX Group before grad school.

Research Interests: Tangible Interactions, Education, Accessibility, Human-AI interactions, Human-Robot Interaction, Social Computing.

Feel free to check out the design tab to see more of my design work and the about tab to know more about me outside of work.

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Publications + Projects

Below is the compilation of my research work so far. Some projects are completed and successfully published while some are still a work in progress:)

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Advisor: Huaishu Peng,

Mrunal Dhaygude , Huaishu Peng, Ge Gao

Coming soon.

Mrunal Dhaygude , Zeyu Yan, Huaishu Peng

Coming soon.

Advisor: Huaishu Peng


Mrunal Dhaygude , Naitik Lapsiya, Dipanjan Chakraborty 



Mrunal Dhaygude , Dipanjan Chakraborty



Volunteering at UIST 2023!

Selected for the doctoral and Masters student research consortium at COMPASS'23! Presented my research!

In Media

Our research was published in ThePrint : 
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Happy to see that our research is reaching more people and informing them about the disruption caused by covid-19 school closures in the Indian education system.

Our research is highlighted in the media :
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A news-format report of our research on school closures during the COVID-19 lockdowns was commissioned by 360info and is now available online.


Fall'23 Teaching Assistant for Integrated capstone for information science

Spring'22 Teaching Assistant for Integrated capstone for information science

Fall'22 Teaching Assistant for Integrated capstone for information science

Guest Lecture at BITS, Hyderabad, Topic: Design Processes in Industry 

I am looking for PhD opportunities for Fall 2024. Also, always open to collaborate. If you like my work feel free to drop in a message.

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