Priyashri Sridhar

Priya is a PhD Candidate at SUTD- Augmented Human Lab. Her work lies at the intersection of Cognitive Psychology and Human Computer Interaction. Her strengths and experience lie in designing user studies and adopting a range of qualitative, quantitative and biosensing research methods to gain insights on how people across ages interact with technologies. She has a background in behavioural sciences and knowledge of statistics and the principles of experiment design. In addition to user research for various technologies, she explores learning behaviour in children and young adults for various concepts with a particular interest in STEM learning and learning/ engagement through non-traditional media like Virtual Reality. Her approaches triangulate physiological, behavioural and observational data to gain insights into the cognitive, affective and social states of the user across ages and in various contexts such as play, social media and learning. Her interests also include understanding classrooms, pedagogies and designing learning interfaces that enhance user agency across environments. She is an ethnographer at heart and is passionate about understanding the user to identify opportunities for innovation.

She is also an aspiring polymath and loves meeting people and bouncing ideas. The key to her heart is a lengthy conversation over good coffee.


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Location: SUTD-MIT International DesignCentre, Building 3, Level 3 - DARES Lab


  • Sridhar, P.K. and Nanayakkara, S., 2020. Progression of Cognitive-Affective States During Learning in Kindergarteners: Bringing Together Physiological, Observational and Performance Data. Education Sciences, 10(7), p.177. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Chua, Y., Sridhar, P. K., Zhang, H., Dissanayake, V., Nanayakkara, S., "Evaluating IVR in Primary School Classrooms"., in International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality 2019 (ISMAR2019) [PDF]
  • Sridhar, P. K., Chan, S. W. T., Chua, Y., Quin, Y. W., & Nanayakkara, S. (2019). Going beyond performance scores: Understanding cognitive-affective states in Kindergarteners and application of framework in classrooms, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, Volume 21, 2019, Pages 37-53, ISSN 2212-8689. [DOI], [PDF]
  • Priyashri K. Sridhar, Yow Wei Quin, and Suranga Nanayakkara. 2018. Triangulation of Physiological, Behavioural and Observational Data offers better insights into cognitive-emotional states in learning. Presented in the Annual Convention of Association for Psychological Science. San Francisco, May 2018.
  • Sridhar, P. K., Chan, S. W. T., & Nanayakkara, S. (2018). Going beyond performance scores: understanding cognitive-affective states in kindergarteners. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 253-265). ACM. [DOI], [URL], [PDF]
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Suranga Nanayakkara. "Development of a Triangulated Framework Understand Cognitive-Emotional States during Learning in Children". Accepted in International Conference of Learning Sciences and Early Childhood Education, 2018.
  • Suranga Nanayakkara and Priyashri Kamlesh Sridhar. Towards Understanding of Play with Augmented Toys. In Proceedings of the 8th Augmented Human International Conference (AH'17). ACM, Silicon Valley, LA, USA, Article No. 22. [PDF]
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Suranga Nanayakkara. Working with physiotherapists: Lessons learned from project SHRUG. ‘Digital Participation: Engaging Diverse and Marginalized Communities’ Workshop paper in Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA. [PDF]
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Suranga Nanayakkara. Towards Development and Evaluation of Tangible Interfaces that Support Learning in Children. ‘Tangible Interaction and Cognition’ Workshop paper in Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Juan Pablo, J., Fernando, P., Sridhar, P., Withana, A., Nanayakkara, S. C., Steimle, J. and Maes, P. . PostBits: using contextual locations for embedding cloud information in the home. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2016, (Pages 1-14). [PDF]
  • Priya Kamlesh Sridhar, Benjamin Petry, Pavithren V.S. Pakianathan, Ardy Samsir Kartolo, Suranga Nanayakkara. Towards One-Pixel-Displays for Sound Information Visualization. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction (OzCHI '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 91-95. [PDF] [DOI]
  • Priyashri, S., Mallik, J., Geetha, Y.V. (2012, July). Neural changes induced by behavioural stuttering therapies in persons with stuttering – Accepted for presentation in the 7th World Congress on Fluency Disorders, Tours, France.
  • Priyashri Sridhar, Jasmine Mallik, Geetha Yelimeli, "Dysfluency Characteristics in Persons with Dementia", Presented at 9th Oxford Elseiver Dysfluency Conference, 2011.
  • Priyashri Sridhar, Jasmine Mallik and Geetha Yelimeli. "Clinical Implications Of Neuroimaging Studies On Stuttering: A Review", Presented at 9th Oxford Elseiver Dysfluency Conference, 2011.
  • PriyashriSridhar, Gayatri Krishnan and Brajesh Priyadarshi, "Effect of culture on non-verbal communication", Presented at the South Asian Conference for Linguistics, 2010.
  • Priyashri Sridhar, Sheetal Ramprasad and Pushpavathi, "Effect of Speaking Rate on Nasality", Presented at International Frontiers of Speech and Music, 2008.
  • Priyashri Sridhar and Vinay, "Effect of Hearing Loss on Cognition", Presented at Indian Speech and Hearing Association Conference, 2008.
  • Priyashri Sridhar and Manjula Rajanna, "Comparison of Attitudes of Mothers and Fathers of Typically Developing Children with those of Children with Mental Retardation and Hearing Impairment", Presented at National Science Women’s Congress, 2009.