Hello everyone, I am Rohit Ashok Khot, PhD Candidate and IBM PhD fellow in the Exertion Games Lab, at RMIT Australia, working with Prof. Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller and Prof. Larissa Hjorth. My PhD research investigates material representations of physical activity, where I design and study three exemplary systems that transform the physical activity data such as heart rate into 3D printed material and edible form. The overall aim behind this work is to inspire new design thinking towards building quantified self systems.
My research interests are centered on the areas of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ubiquitous Computing (UC) and design. In particular, I design, develop and study technologies that can weave into the everyday fabric and make the existing experience engaging, pleasurable and fulfilling. I strongly believe that interactions and experiences cannot be designed in laboratories but they emerge in real world context when people appropriate the technology to their desires. I therefore seek to answer questions such as: How can technology change people’s lives? How do people perceive technology, and how should we design technology around these perceptions? I am pursuing a Post Doctorate to dive deeply into these research questions, and I plan to continue with a career in academia as a university professor.
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IBM PhD Fellow 2014-2015.
Received Australian Computer Society’s Foundational scholarship 2015.
19 first authored (11 full, 9 short) papers and 9 coauthored (4 full and 5 short) papers in tier-1 conferences in the field of HCI such as CHI, DIS, TEI and InfoVis, including a best paper and an honorable mention award.
Public exhibitions of my works at six international academic events.
Works featured on Mashable Australia, PSFK, SpringWise, 3DPrint.com among others
Media coverage on ABC news24, Channel 9 News and various australian radio channels.
Finalist for student innovation contest at UIST 2013 and ACM student research competition at CHI 2013.
A short video about my research:
CHI & others
Please find a list of my publications. Most of them are available on ACM digital library and are also indexed on Google Scholar. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you want to read any of my works.
Rohit Ashok Khot , Jeewon Lee, Deepti Aggarwal, Larissa Hjorth, and Florian 'Floyd' Mueller. TastyBeats: Designing Palatable Representations of Physical Activity . In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’15). ACM Press (2015), 2933-2942 (Acceptance rate: 23%, Citation count: 1) (Best paper Honorable mention award).
Rohit Ashok Khot, Larissa Hjorth, and Florian 'Floyd' Mueller. SweatAtoms: Materialising Physical Activity. In Proceedings of The 9th Australasian Conference on Interactive Entertainment: Matters of Life and Death (IE '13), ACM Press (2013), Article 4 (Citation count: 3).
Rohit Ashok Khot, Ryan Pennings and Florian 'Floyd' Mueller. EdiPulse: Turning Physical Activity Into Chocolates, In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '15), ACM Press (2015), 331-334.
Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Joe Marshall, Rohit Ashok Khot, Stina Nylander, and Jakob Tholander. Understanding Sports-HCI by going jogging at CHI. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '15), ACM Press (2015), 869-872.
Rohit Ashok Khot, Jeewon Lee, Helmut Munz, Deepti Aggarwal, and Florian 'Floyd' Mueller. TastyBeats: Making Mocktails with Heartbeats. In Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14), ACM Press (2014), 467-470.
Alan Chatham, Ben AM Schouten, Cagdas Toprak, Florian Mueller, Menno Deen, Regina Bernhaupt, Rohit Ashok Khot, and Sebastiaan Pijnappel. Game Jam, In Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '13), ACM Press (2013), 3175-3178 (Citation count: 5).
Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Rohit Ashok Khot, Alan Chatham, Sebastiaan Pijnappel, Chad Toprak, and Joe Marshall. HCI with Sports, In Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '13), ACM Press (2013), 3301-3306 (Citation count: 9).
Thesis title: Understanding Material Representations of Physical Activity Abstract: My PhD research complements the quantification-centric instrumental view of representing physical activity data in the form of numbers and graphs that appear on screen. I unite three strands of significant design areas namely, personal informatics, physical visualization and Human Food Interaction (HFI) to put forward a new perspective on understanding physical activity through material representations. I have designed and studied three exemplary systems that transform the physical activity data into 3D printed material, palatable and edible forms respectively. The contribution of the work is enveloped in a theoretical design framework that provides guidelines and themes for designers to explore new design possibilities afforded by material representations for supporting physical activity experience. Advisors: Prof. Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller, Prof. Larissa Hjorth
Master of Science by Research (Comp. Sci.) (2006-2010)
Thesis title: Human Computation with Perceptive Intelligence Abstract: My Master’s research contributes knowledge to the field of human computation by exploring the possibilities of utilizing human perceptual abilities towards solving the problems of user authentication and image annotation. I designed a graphical password scheme that offers memorability benefits. Additionally, I also proposed a design framework that supports semantic annotation of images. Advisor: Dr. Kannan Srinathan
Research Intern, IBM Research Australia (2015-present)
Abstract: Proposed ‘sports souvenirs’ to enhance the spectator experience on social media during International sports events. Mentor: Dr. Jennifer C. Lai and Dr. Chris Butler
Research Associate, IIIT Delhi, India (2012-2012)
Abstract: Proposed a novel solution based on graphical passwords for shoulder- surfing problem associated with text passwords, which resulted into a full paper at OzCHI 2012. Mentor: Dr. Ponnurangam Kumaraguru
Project Engineer,IIIT Hyderabad, India (2010-2011)
Abstract: Was technical lead in the SEVILLE project at IIIT Hyderabad, India. Designed a framework, DISCOVIR, for virtual lab development, which is being used by many virtual labs across India. Mentor: A/Prof. Venkatesh Choppella
Fruits of work
Honors & Awards
Premier Design Awards 2015
Best Paper Honorable mention award
Australian Computer Society foundational scholarship
IBM PhD fellowship
Higher Degree by Research Travel grant, RMIT University
Finalist, Student Innovation Contest
Finalist, Student Research Competition
Graduate research scholarship
Best paper award
Microsoft travel grant
National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) Fellowship
Microsoft Centre for SocialNUI, University of Melbourne
CHI 2015 Interactivity
TEI 2015 paper demonstrations
CHI 2014 Interactivity
UIST Student Innovation contest
St. Andrews 2013
Mixed Reality Lab
CHI 2013 Interactivity
OzCHI 2012 flash talk
R&D showcase, IIIT Hyderabady
Hyderabad 2011 2010
In the free time
Member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Member of Special Interest group on Human Computer Interaction (SIGCHI).
Member of Australian Computer Society (ACS).
PC member for TEI 2016,TEI 2015, CHI WiP 2014, CHI WiP 2015, OZCHI 2013, IE 2013.
Reviewer for CHI Play 2014, DIS 2014, AH 2014, CHI 2014, CHI 2013, CHI 2012, UIST 2012. Reviewer for DPPI 2013, OZCHI 2012, IEEE S&P 2011, SIGCHI alt.chi 2011, 2010, IUI 2012.
Organiser for the first virtual AC subcommittee meeting for CHI 2016.
Co-organizer for Game Jam workshop at CHI 2013.
Co-organizer for SIG meeting at CHI 2013, 2014, 2015.
Organizer for a workshop on Designing Login Interfaces for Mobiles at IndiaHCI 2012. Organizer and session speaker at DOCTYPE HTML5 workshop 2011.
Student volunteer for CHI 2013 and National workshop on Usability design 2011.
News & Updates
- On India trip on holidays and for thesis writing.
- Organised the first virtual CHI AC subcommittee meeting for CHI 2016. - Special recognition for being the performer of the year of the Center of Games Research, RMIT University, Australia in terms of highest number of publications and media coverage. - Deepti presented her PhD work at OzCHI 2015.
- Successfully Completed PhD Completion Seminar.
- Submissions made to AAMIA Awards, SXSW Awards for 2016. - TastyBeats selected as finalist for Premier Design awards 2015.