• Hello, I'm ARSHAD!

    I am a Ph.D. scholar and an Industrial Designer.

    I make photographs.

    I am an artist.

    and... I am a dreamer!

    I am a product designer who has expertise in designing accessible interfaces and products. I am also a mechanical engineer and a graduate from IIT Delhi with a master's in Industrial Design. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from the City University of Hong Kong.

    I make time to travel, meet new people and learn from their experiences. I capture portraits, make sketches and calligraphy notes. I ponder over weird ideas and try to observe my surroundings as much as possible.

  • My Projects

    FingerTalkie: Finger-worn Device for Accessing Audio Annotations On Tactile Diagrams

    A finger-worn device that uses discrete colors on a color-tagged tactile diagram for interactive audio labeling of the graphical elements. We designed a unique offset point-and-click technique that enables the bimanual exploration of the diagrams without hindering the tactile perception of the fingertips. FingerTalkie supports one-finger interaction and can work in any lighting conditions without calibration.FingerTalkie’s ease of use, support for two-hand exploration, and it's potential in improving the efficiency of comprehending tactile diagrams by replacing Braille labels.

  • Work Experience

    Project Scientist at Assistive Technologies Lab

    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

    June 2015-2017

    Tactile graphics: Developed affordable methods for color tactile printing and reading mechanisms for blind and visually impaired people.
    Onboard: System to make the public bus boarding easy for the visually impaired. I worked on designing and prototyping the handheld module used by the Blind and Visually Impaired people and also iterate the design according to the ergonomics and user feedback.

    Project Manager, Film Animation and Photography, Sustainable IIT Delhi​

    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

    June 2015-2017

    Captured photographs, videos and organized exhibition of posters promoting sustainable development. Raised awareness about various issues related to waste management and climate change

  • Skills

    Skill sets that I've picked up over the years

    Prototyping skills

    • 3D Printing

    • Eye tracking

    • CNC machining

    • C++

    • Arduino

    • Processing

    Softwares

    • Autodesk Alias

    • Rhinoceros

    • CREO Parametric

    • SolidWorks

    • Sketch

    • Adobe XD

    Imaging and Video

    • Adobe Photoshop

    • Adobe Illustrator

    • Adobe Lightroom

    • Adobe InDesign

    • Adobe Premiere

    • Adobe AfterEffects

  • Education

    City University of Hong Kong

    PH.D in Creative Media (2017- present)

    HCI; Haptics; Wearables; Accessibility

    Goldsmiths University of London

    Department of Computing (May 2019- October 2019)

    Visiting Researcher

    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

    Masters in Design, Industrial Design (2013-2015)

    Product design, UI, UX

    University of Calicut, Kerala, India

    Bachelor of Technology, Mechanical Engineering(2008-2012)

    Machine design

  • Awards and Achievements

    • Outstanding Academic Performance Award: School of Graduate Studies, City University of Hong Kong. (August 2020)

    • Second place in NDIN COVID-19 Challenge: COVID information and alert mobile phone app. (March 2020)

    • Erasmus Mobility Grant: Goldsmiths University of London. (May 2019)

    • Outstanding Academic Performance Award: School of Graduate Studies, City University of Hong Kong. (July 2018)

    • Photo of the year award: Art and Abstract category in a competition by Yachting Partners International. (Sept 2016)

    • Best Design Award: Design and prototyping of patient drip volume control and alarm system at StanfordIndiaBiodesign in association with All India Institute of Medical Sciences. (2014)

    • Outstanding Academic Performance Award: School of Graduate Studies, City University of Hong Kong. (July 2019)

    • MHRD Scholarship: Two-year scholarship grant for excellent academic performance by Govt. of India (2013-2015)
  • Conference papers and posters

    1.  ​Arshad Nasser, Kai-Ning Keng, and Kening Zhu. 2020. ThermalCane: Exploring Thermotactile Directional Cues on Cane-Grip for NonVisual Navigation. In The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’20)
    2. Nasser, A., Chen, T., Liu, C., Zhu, K., & Rao, P. V. M. (2020, July). FingerTalkie: Designing a Low-Cost Finger-Worn Device for Interactive Audio Labeling of Tactile Diagrams. In International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 475-496). Springer, Cham.
    3. Nasser, A., Zhu, K. & Wiseman, S., Thermo-haptic Earable Display for the Hearing and Visually Impaired. Oct 2019, ASSETS'19: The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 630-632 (ASSETS - International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility).
    4. Nasser, A., Zhu, K., Designing a low-cost finger wearable audio-tactile device. Oct 2019, ASSETS'19: The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 691-693 (ASSETS - International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility)
    5. Nasser, A., Zhu, K., & Rao, P. V. M. ColorTact: A Finger Wearable Audio-tactile Device Using Customizable Color Tagging. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference and 2018 International Symposium on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Wearable Computers (pp. 178-181). ACM.
    6. Chen, Wu, Han, Feng, Yue, Nasser, Zhu 2017. DupRobo : an interactive robotic platform for physical block-based autocompletion. Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Semantic Ambient Media Experiences (SAME 2017) International Ambient Media Association (iAMEA) 2017. P. 48-50.
    7. PVM, M, Chanana, Nasser, Sapra 2015. Challenges in Development of Assistive Technologies for Unstructured Environments, Global Research, Education and Innovation in Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit 

    Patents filed

    1. Human-interface device and a guiding apparatus for a visually impaired user including the human-interface device(us US 63/141,000)
    2. Finger wearable audio tactile device (1760/DEL/2015)

     

  • Reach Out

    Drop me a line so we can collaborate!

    Student Residence,City University of Hong Kong, 22 Cornwall Street