Vikram Kamath | Carnegie Mellon University

Web Name: Vikram Kamath | Carnegie Mellon University






Vikram Kamath

PhD student
Carnegie Mellon University
kmarkiv (at)

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About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the school of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. I specialize in Human-Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D).

Prof. Amy Ogan and Prof. Tim Brown are my amazing advisors. We work on building and evaluating low-cost technology to support teachers in low-resource contexts.

I recently passed my thesis proposal. Here is the draft of my thesis document.

I aspire to be a friendly neighborhood HCI/ICTD citizen.

I am looking for postdoc positions for the Fall of 2023 in HCI for Development (HCI4D) or AI for Social Good (AI4SG).

Research Interests

ICTD: Aspirations, Assets Based Design Human-Centered AI: Chatbots, IVR (Interactive Voice Response) Education: Teacher Professional Development Health: Health Information


[June. 2022] passed my thesis proposal [May. 2022] finished my second TAship [Apr. 2022] helped Organize HCIxB  for CHI 2022 [June. 2021] formed my thesis committee [May. 2021] swam at Swim Miami to raise money for COVID relief [May. 2021] helped Organize HCIxB  for CHI 2021

Selected Publications (see Google Scholar)

Cannanure V.K., Brown T., Ogan A. DIA: A Human AI Hybrid Chatbot for Low Resource Contexts. ICTD 2020, Guayaquil, Ecuador Cannanure V.K., Souvenir J., Adji Y. , Apke H., Jasinska K., Brown T., Ogan A. ”I’m fine where I am, but I want to do more”: Exploring Teacher Aspirations in Rural Cote D’Ivoire. ACM COMPASS 2020, Guayaquil, Ecuador Madaio, M., Yarzebinski, E., Cannanure V.K., Zinszer B., Seri, A., Tanoh, F., Hannon-Cropp, J., Cassell, J., Jasinska, K. Ogan, A. Collective Support and Independent Learning with a Voice-Based Literacy Technology in Rural Communities. . CHI ’20, Apr 2020, Hawaii, USA Cannanure V.K., Madaio, M., Yarzebinski, E., Ogan, A, Brown T. Using Graphical Models to Understand Usage of an Educational Interactive Voice Response System. COMPASS ’19, Jun 2019, Accra, Ghana [Poster] Madaio, M., Cannanure V.K., Yarzebinski, E., Zasacky, S., Tanoh, F., Hannon-Cropp, J., Cassell, J., Jasinska, K. Ogan, A. ”You Give a Little of Yourself”: Family Support for Children’s Use of an IVR Literacy System.. COMPASS ’19, Jun 2019, Accra, Ghana


HCIxB Organizer: HCIxB is a community of researchers across the world. SIGCHI Development Fund Volunteer: I help with the events calendar at Regular reviewer: CSCW, CHI, CHI extended abstract, CHI case studies, ACM COMPASS Fundraising: I have raised ~$25,000 for various causes in India, thanks to, social media, and my supportive family. SV Temple volunteer: During school, I volunteer as a second language(Kannada) teacher for little kids at the local temple in Pittsburgh.


I am a long-distance swimmer, and I have raised money for charity by partnering with NGOs in India. You can read more about my adventures on my blog. Here are some selected swims. 

Elephanta to gateway of India for supporting acid attack victims. Swim Miami 2016 for buying wheelchairs for differently-abled people. Swim Miami 2021 for covid relief. Across lake Muhazi in Rwanda for fun.

Software development

Over the past 15 years, I have built technology on the web, Android, desktop, iOS, and hardware gadgets. I still love to make things but rarely do it for projects outside my research these days. After more than a decade of fancy portfolios, I decided to keep it simple this time.

Here are some selected projects:

Flask APIs at scale: APIs that served 4 million users at TeliportMe (where I was the Architect) WebGL viewer: I designed a 3D viewer for phone and web browsers on par with Google street view. Learn Kannada: An android application to teach a second language that has >10K downloads. Textin: A desktop application to send text messages and my first entrepreneurship venture Enginux: I helped build a custom Ubuntu derivative based on Linux Mint. Jedi Mouse: An interactive device that uses gestures and EEG data from the brain from the user to control the mouse.


Cooking: I am good at cooking South Indian food, but I occasionally try vegetarian cuisines from other cultures. Sketching: I love to draw cartoon characters, and I usually draw them with a positive message. Meditation: I follow the heartfulness practice regularly. Learning French: As much as I can. Chess: I play Blitz and Bullet on 


Read more about me on my blog or add me on Facebook. You can email me at or tweet to @kmarkiv.

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