Nimisha Karnatak

Nimisha Karnatak

Research Fellow

Microsoft Research Lab, India

About Me

My research is motivated by the fundamental need to address the inequalities faced by underserved populations with the mission of improving their quality of life. In pursuit of this mission, I joined the Technology and Empowerment Group at Microsoft Research India as a Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, where I conduct human-centered research in the domain of Healthcare under the supervision of Dr. Bill Theis. My work at MSRI has given me the opportunity to closely examine the intricate technology usage and interactions of multiple stakeholder within the healthcare ecosystem, including patients, healthcare professionals, and community health workers. With a passion for empowering individuals and breaking down technological barriers, my Master’s degree research has been dedicated to promoting accessibility and inclusiveness in both technological spaces and solutions. The overarching aim of my research is to contribute to the democratization of technology, particularly in the realm of wellness technologies. Through a collaborative and user-centered approach, I strive to create inclusive solutions that address the needs and enhance the wellbeing of underrepresented and underserved communities. 

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  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Wellness Technologies
  • Human-AI Interactions
  • ICT4D
  • Applications of Large Language Models in HCI
  • Master of Science in Digital Society, 2021

    International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore

  • B.Tech. in Industrial and Production Engineering, 2018

    G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology

Recent News

[May 2023] My first-author paper, titled “Is it even giving the correct reading or not?”: How Trust and Relationships Mediate Chronic Disease Management in India," has been accepted for publication in ACM TOCHI. 🎉
[July 2021] Joined Microsoft Research India as a Research Fellow. “”
[July 2021] Received the Dean’s Merit List recognition at IIIT-Bangalore. 🏅
[July 2019] Joined the International Institute of Information Technology as an M.Sc. student in the Digital Society specialization: Data Intensive Digital Design.
[July 2018] Received the Vice Chancellor’s Silver Medal during my BTech for outstanding academic performance in July 2018. 🏅
[Sept 2014] Started B.Tech in Industrial and Production Engineering at Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar.


Human-Computer Interaction

User Study, Focus Groups, Prototyping, Wire Framing, Design Thinking, Accessibility, Storyboards, Survey Design and Sampling, User Interviews

Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Data Collection and Analysis, Report Writing, Participant Observation, Ethnographic Research

Data Analysis

SQL, MS Office, Advanced Statistics, Tableau


  • Dean’s Merit List during M.Sc. at  International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore  (IIIT-B)
  • Vice Chancellor’s Silver Medalist of the batch 2014-18 during B.Tech at G.B.P.U.A.& T.
  • Toppers merit scholarship throughout the B.Tech. programme 
  • Amongst the top 65 students out of over 15000 applicants across India to get selected as a SPARK summer Intern, 2020 of Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R) [Link of Indian Express corroborating the same]
  • Won the ‘Best Presentation Award’ for my internship work at the SPARK Internship Program of the Indian Institute Of Technology, Roorkee (IIT-R)


Microsoft Research Lab, India
Research Fellow
Jul 2021 – Present Bengaluru, India


  • Understanding the ecosystem of BP management in low resource communities of India
  • Understanding the technology mediated interaction of phlebotomists in India
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
User Experience Research Intern
Jun 2020 – Jul 2020 Roorkee, India
Project: Evaluation of urban space from the perception of the elderly to build an inclusive neighbourhood
International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Qualitative Research Assistant
Sep 2019 – May 2020 Geneva, Switzerland
Project: Exploring the experiences of women working in the AI domain in India and understand the ethical aspects of AI from the perspective of women.
Digital Identity Research Initiative at Indian School Of Business
Research Intern
Jan 2020 – Apr 2020 Bengaluru, India
Project: Exploring the implication of Aadhar failure and consequential exclusion.


(2022). Understanding the Technology-Mediated Home Phlebotomy Ecosystem in India. Under review at CSCW 2023.

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(2022). “Is it even giving the correct reading or not?”: How Trust and Relationships Mediate Chronic Disease Management in India. Accepted at ACM TOCHI.

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Accessibility for Visually Challenged
Making mobile payment applications accessible for people with visual impairment
Accessibility for Visually Challenged
Inclusiveness for older adults
Evaluation of urban space from the perception of the elderly to build an inclusive neighborhood
Inclusiveness for older adults


I am dedicated to promoting the rich heritage of authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine globally through my Instagram page. The page has over 18000 followers.

Motivation to start the page: The trend of getting fit is on the rise. However, the importance of traditional Indian cuisine in upholding a healthy lifestyle is underappreciated. There is a need for Indians to embrace their own diverse food heritage and look at their traditional food wisdom as healthy. My Instagram channel is an effort in the same direction where I showcase authentic Indian foods that are healthy, easily available, affordable, and also suit Indian taste buds.

Link to the page:

The page also helps me to express my creativity as I do the photoshoot of all the cuisines that I prepare. Attached are the images of few of my culinary preparation.

Additionally, as a personal pursuit, I play guitar for relaxation and enjoyment.