Indrani Medhi Thies

Scientist and Technologist at Microsoft Research

Indrani Medhi Thies is a researcher at Microsoft Research. Her research interests are in the areas of User Interfaces (UIs), User Experience Design, and Technology for Global Development. Over the years Indrani’s primary work has been in UIs for low-literate and novice technology users. Her recent work is in the user experience of conversational agents, mainly chatbots. Indrani has a Ph.D. from the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, India; a Masters degree in Design from the IIT Institute of Design, Chicago, USA; and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from VNIT, Nagpur, India. Indrani’s distinctions include the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award, the MIT TR35 award, ACM SIGCHI, and ACM CSCW best paper honorable mentions, a “Young Indian Leader” award from CNN IBN, and featuring in the list “50 Smartest People in Technology” by Fortune magazine.