Dr. Debayan Dhar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Design, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He is associated with Usability Engineering & Human Computer Interaction (UE-HCI) Lab at the Department of Design. He was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowship in the year 2012 and conducted a part of his doctoral studies at the Department of Social Psychology at University of Texas at Austin under the supervision of Prof. Samuel Gosling.

Dr. Debayan Dhar specializes in the area of Human Computer Interaction Design. His current research focuses on persuasion, instructional design, individual differences in technology adoption, Social cognition, web semantics and Psychological studies in Interaction design.

PhD in Human Computer Interaction Design, IIT Guwahati (2010-2013).
M.Des in Human Computer Interaction Design, IIT Guwahati, India (2007-2009).
B.Tech in Agricultural Engineering, NERIST, India (2001-2007)

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellowship 2012-13.


Currently Dr. Dhar is teaching three courses at the Department of Design.

1. DD 601: Usability Engineering

2. DD 602: System Analysis and Information Design

3. DD 705: Design Research Methods

Research group

Our research group is concerned with the design, development and evaluation of computer systems to support work and leisure activities of individuals and groups.

We have a long-standing interest in issues related to understanding human tasks and activities, including collaboration, how these are influenced by Information and Communication Technologies and the associated implications for the design of future interactive systems to support human action. We are also interested in design per se - what kind of expressions of human concerns and capabilities and what kind of design processes, supported by what tools, allow human-centred computer systems to be developed?


Krishanpal Singh
B.Des final year

Suraj Kotta
B.Des final year

Subhrajit Datta
M.Des 1st year

PhD Scholar



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If you are interested in joining my research group or want to get associated with the group by offering projects, please first read below to see how best to pursue different opportunities.

If you are interested in working with my group, drop in a message with a link to your CV and portfolio. We would get back to you.

We are an active and dynamic research team that includes doctoral scholars, postgraduate students, undergraduate students, and research assistants.
We are usable and accessible:
1. We work in partnership with you to support you and your teams.
2. We produce deliverables you can act upon now not ones you weigh and occasionally dust.
3. We will advise you on the best use of our services even when it is not to spend with us.
4. We don't criticise - we help make things better.
If you are interested in exploring avenues for project based consultancy, drop in messages to us and we would get back to you.

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1. Dhar, D.,Adhikary, S.,& Yammiyavar, P. (2012).An evaluation of the effect of navigational tools on cognitive load in a computer based test format. Intelligent Human Computer Interaction (IHCI), 2012 4th International Conference on, vol., no., pp.1, 6, 27-29 Dec. 2012, IEEE digital library,doi: 10.1109/IHCI.2012.6481875.

2. Dhar, D., & Yammiyavar, P. (2012).Design Approach for E-learning Systems: Should it be User Centered or Learner Centered.Technology for Education (T4E), 2012 IEEE Fourth International Conference on , vol., no., pp.239,240, 18-20 July 2012, doi: 10.1109/T4E.2012.57.

3. Dhar, D., & Yammiyavar, P. (2012).Influence of Culture on the design process of online learning environments.Engineering Education: Innovative Practices and Future Trends (AICERA), 2012 IEEE International Conference on , vol., no., pp.1,6, 19-21 July 2012 doi: 10.1109/AICERA.2012.6306709.

4. Dhar, D., & Yammiyavar, P. (2012). Measuring Success of E-learning Applications: A Review. Published in the proceedings of International Conference on Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, ICEECS 2012.

5. Dhar, D., & Yammiyavar, P. (2012). Evaluating e-learning systems: Can we rely only on usability evaluation techniques.Published in the proceedings of Symposium Human Computer Interaction in Virtual learning environments 2012, IITG.

6. Yammiyavar, P., & Dhar, D. (2011).Conceptualizing GUIs—A Case Study of an Online Aptitude Testing System.Research into Design: Supporting Sustainable Product Development (ICORD), 2011 International Conference on, Bangalore, India, 10.-12.01.2011, ISBN: 978-981-08-7721-7.

7. Dhar, D., & Yammiyavar, P. (2015). A Cross-cultural Study of Navigational Mechanisms in Computer Based Assessment Environment. Procedia Computer Science, 45, 862-871.

8. Koli, A., Chowdhury, A., & Dhar, D. (2016). Requirement of New Media Features for Enhancing Online Shopping Experience of Smartphone Users. Intelligent Systems Technologies and Applications, 423.

9. Mishra, W., Chowdhury, A., & Dhar, D. (2017, January). Optimizing Operation Research Strategy for Design Intervention: A Framework for GOMS Selection Rule. In International Conference on Research into Design (pp. 61-70). Springer, Singapore.

10. Karkun, P., Chowdhury, A., & Dhar, D. (2018). Effect of Baby-Like Product Personality on Visually Perceived Pleasure: A Study on Coffeemakers. In Ergonomics in Caring for People (pp. 273-279). Springer, Singapore.

11. Shirole, D., Chowdhury, A., & Dhar, D. (2018). Identification of Aesthetically Favourable Interface Attributes for Better User Experience of Social Networking Application. In Ergonomics in Caring for People (pp. 251-259). Springer, Singapore.




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