Dr. Chandrasegaran, R.S.K.

Senthil is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. His research focuses on the integration of computer support tools to aid collaboration in early design, and the use of visualisation and visual analytics techniques to understand how designers work together. 

At the IDE faculty, Senthil is a part of the Designing Intelligence Lab (DI_Lab), where he is interested in using visualisation techniques to examine design discussions and help develop models that can be used to train non-human agents that can in turn participate in or influence design processes.

Academic Background

Senthil received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, after which he worked as a postdoc, first at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland and then in the Visualization and Interface Design Innovation (VIDI) Lab at the University of California, Davis. In a past life before academia, Senthil also worked as a design engineer and consultant in the automotive and heavy engineering sectors in India.


  • 2009 ─ 2016
    Ph.D., School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
    West Lafayette, USA
  • 1996 ─ 2000
    B.E., Regional Engineering College (now National Institute of Technology)
    Tiruchirappalli, India


  • 2017 – 2020
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Davis, USA
  • 2016 – 2017
    Postdoctoral Scholar, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2009 – 2015
    Graduate Research/Teaching Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA
  • 2004 – 2009
    Structural Analysis & Design Automation Engineer, Alcyon Engineering, Pune, India
  • 2000 – 2004
    Design Engineer, Tata AutoComp Systems, Pune, India

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Data Visualisation (as part of ID4370 SPD Media)
  • Design Theory and Methodology (ID4010)
  • Exploring Design Intelligence (ID5138)


  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Visualisation
  • Design Theory
  • Design Methods