Publications & Talks

Conference papers (peer-reviewed)
Thakkar, D.*, Sambasivan, N.*, Yardi, P., Sudarashan, P., and Toyama, K.
The Unexpected Entry and Exodus of Indian Women in CS and HCI
CHI 2018. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N. and Aoki, P.M.
Imagined Connectivities: Synthesized Conceptions of Public Wi-Fi in Urban India.
CHI 2017. [PDF]

Dye, M., Nemer, D., Pina, L., Sambasivan, N., Bruckman, A. and Kumar, N.
Locating the Internet in the Parks of Havana.
CHI 2017 [PDF]
[Best of CHI honourable mention]

Sambasivan, N., Azad, G., Aoki, P.M. and Mitra, S.S.
“We call it Hi-Fi”: Exposing Indian Households to High Speed Broadband Wireless Internet.
ICTD 2016. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Lee, P., Hecht, G., Aoki, P.M., Carrera, M.-I., Chen, J.,  Youssefmir, M., Cohn, D.P.,  Kruskall, P.,  Wetchler,  E. and Larssen, A.T.
Chale, How Much it Cost to Browse? Results from a Mobile Data Price Transparency Trial in Ghana.
ICTD 2013. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N. and Cutrell, E.
Understanding negotiation in airtime sharing in low-income microenterprises.
CHI 2012. [PDF]
[Best of CHI honourable mention]

Sambasivan, N., Cutrell, E., and Weber, J. S.
Designing a Phone Broadcasting System for Urban Sex Workers in India.
CHI 2011. [PDF]
[Best of CHI honourable mention]

Cervantes, R., Warschauer, M., Nardi, B. and Sambasivan, N.
Infrastructures for low-cost laptop use in Mexican schools.
CHI 2011. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Cutrell, E., Toyama, K. and Nardi, B.
Intermediated Technology Use in Developing Communities.
CHI 2010. [PDF]
[Best of CHI honourable mention]

Sambasivan, N. and Smyth, T.
The Human Infrastructure in ICTD.
ICTD 2010. [PDF]

Light, A., Ladeira, I., Roberson, J., Bidwell, N. J., Rangaswamy, N., Sambasivan, N. and Gitau, S.
Gender Matters: Female Perspectives in ICT4D Research.
ICTD 2010. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Cutrell, E. and Toyama, K.
ViralVCD: Tracing Information-Diffusion Paths with Low Cost Media in Developing Communities.
CHI 2010. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Rangaswamy, N., Cutrell, E. and Nardi, B.
Ubicomp4D: Interaction and Infrastructure for International Development-The Case of Urban Indian Slums.
UbiComp 2009 [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Ventä, L., Mäntyjärvi, J., Isomursu, M., Häkkilä, J.
Designing for Social Context of Mobility: Mobile Applications for Always-on Users.
OzCHI 2009

Sambasivan, N., Jackson M.M.
Design of Pervasive Brain-computer Interfaces
LNCS 2007.

Journal articles (peer-reviewed)
Sambasivan, N., Lee, P., Hecht, G., Aoki, P.M., Carrera, M.-I., Chen, J.,  Youssefmir, M., Cohn, D.P.,  Kruskall, P.,  Wetchler,  E. and Larssen, A.T.
SmartBrowse: Design and Evaluation of a Mobile Data Price Transparency Tool for Mobile Web Use.
ITID 11 (1), Spring 2015, 21-40. [PDF]
[“Best of ICTD” special issue paper]

Sambasivan. N. and Rangaswamy, N.
Cutting Chai, Jugaad, and Here Pheri: towards UbiComp for a global community.
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. Special issue on the Digital Divide. 15 (6), 2011. pp. 553-564 [PDF]

Production of Use: Reconceptualizing “the User” in Low-income Communities in Urban India, 2012.
University of California [Link]

Book chapters (peer-reviewed)
Dray, S. M., Light, A. E., Evers, V., Dearden, A., Densmore, M., Kam, M., Marsden, G., Ramachandran, D., Sambasivan, N., Smyth, T., Gruenen, D., and Winters, N.
Human Computer Interaction for Development: Changing HCI to Change the World.
Jacko, J. A. (Ed.). Human computer interaction handbook: Fundamentals, evolving technologies, and emerging applications. 2012. CRC press. [preprint PDF]

Magazine & prominent blog articles
Sambasivan, N., Checkley, G., Ahmed, N., and Batool, A.
Gender equity in technologies. [PDF]
ACM interactions 25, 1 (December 2017), 58-61.

Sambasivan, N., Jain, N., Checkley G., Baki, A. and Herr, T.
A framework for technology design in emerging markets. [PDF]
ACM interactions 24, 3 (April 2017), 70-73.

Sambasivan, N.
Connectivity, Culture and Credit [Link]
Google Design, 2017

Sambasivan, N.
Google Africa, 2014.

Sambasivan, N. and Gitau, S.
ICTD special issue for ACM Crossroads. December 2012. [PDF]

Sambasivan, N., Rangaswamy, N., Toyama, K., and Nardi, B.
Encountering Development Ethnographically.
ACM Interactions. XVI.6. 2009, pp. 20-23 [PDF]

Selected talks

Design for gender equity in technology
UN Commission on the Status of Women, 2018
Global UX, 2017 [Video]

Designing for the Next Billion Users: Accessibility UX Insights from Emerging Markets
Google I/O, 2017 [Video]

Designing for human systems in resource-constrained areas
UC Berkeley iSchool, 2017
MIT Media Lab, 2017

Embracing infrastructure constraints in the Global South
UC Berkeley ICTD, 2017
BayCHI, 2017
Georgia Tech GVU, 2017 [Video, plays only on Safari]
Stanford HCI, 2017

Technology research in emerging markets
UC Berkeley ICTD, 2017
Georgia Tech ICTD, 2017
Google ICTD workshop, 2016
DePaul University, 2016
ITAM Mexico, 2015
Inaugural HCI lecture at Kofi Annan Center, Ghana, 2012

Enabling access in India and Ghana
University of Michigan, 2016

Research in resource-constrained environments
Google I/O, 2016 [Video]

The 6C framework for product design in emerging markets
Google I/O, 2015

Designing mobile technologies for social impact
Liberation Technologies seminar @ Stanford, 2013

UN working group on women and digital inclusion
DEV/Computing for Social Good 2018, Notes co-chair
CHI 2018, Co-chair, Workshops
CSCW 2017, 2018 AC
CHI 2014, 2017 AC
DEV 2015, 2016 PC
ICTD 2015, 2016, 2017 PC, 2019 core PC
Reviewer: Anita Borg scholarships
Reviewer: Google research awards (2012 – present)
Reviewer: CHI, CSCW, UbiComp, ITID journal, ICTD, PUC