MA, Singh, A.

Post-doctoral researcher
Industrial Design
Design Conceptualization and Communication


Abhigyan Singh was born in the central part of India and has lived, studied, and worked in India, Finland, and The Netherlands. 

Currently, Abhigyan is working as a PhD candidate at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. His PhD research is on the topic of inter-household energy sharing in India and the Netherlands. His research builds upon the works of economic anthropologists and investigates social and cultural dimensions of local energy ‘distribution’ in standalone renewable energy systems. 

In 2010, Abhigyan graduated with Master of Arts in New Media Design from Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland. His master’s thesis (‘Design Opportunities and Challenges in Indian Urban Slums – Community Communication and Mobile Phones’) was awarded the highest grade and ‘Department of Media-Stipend.' The thesis was exhibited and awarded Second Prize at CUMULUS 20th Anniversary Exhibition (‘Young Creators for Better City & Better Life’) hosted by Tongji University in combination with Shanghai World Expo 2010 held in Shanghai, China. Around 50 Cumulus member schools participated in the exhibition with a submission of over 400 student works. The research also resulted in five peer-reviewed journal and conference publications.

Abhigyan holds a bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT), India. As part of his bachelor’s thesis, he designed an ‘audio-haptic color teaching tool’ for visually impaired children. The thesis was awarded the highest grade and helped him in securing a job of a User-Interface Designer at Infosys Technologies Limited in India. As part of his professional role, he has worked on the various design aspects of IT applications for multinational clients such as Bank of America, Kmart & Sears (USA), ABN-AMRO Bank, BNSF Railways (USA), and Pfizer. 


  • 2013 – present
    PhD Candidate, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology  (Delft, The Netherlands)
  • 2007 – 2010
    MA, New Media Design, Media Lab, Aalto University School of Art and Design (Helsinki, Finland)
  • 2001 – 2005
    BTech, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DA-IICT) (Gandhinagar, India) 


  • February 2013 – present
    PhD Candidate, Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology (Delft, The Netherlands)
  • April 2012 – February 2013
    Interaction Designer, Parallel & Distributed Systems Group, TU Delft (Delft, The Netherlands)
  • February 2012 – March 2012
    Research Intern, Spoken Web Project, IBM Research (New Delhi, India)
  • April 2011 – April 2012
    Design Researcher & Scientific Programmer, Multimedia Information Retrieval Lab, TU Delft (Delft, The Netherlands)
  • November 2010 – March 2011
    Self-Employed Ethnographer, Maternal Health Research (Chhattisgarh, India)
  • May – June 2009
    Usability Researcher, Crucible Studio Research Group, Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland)
  • July – October 2008
    Researcher, Enabling Community Communications – Platforms and Applications Project (Helsinki, Finland)
  • February – June 2008
    Research Assistant, ARKI Research Group, Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland)
  • November 2005 – July 2007
    User Interface Designer, Infosys Technologies Ltd. (Bangalore, India) 

Specialisation / field of research

  • Design Anthropology
  • Energy Studies with focus on social and cultural understanding of local renewable energy distribution
  • Ethnographic Research
  •  Design for Energy Sharing and Exchange 


  • Graduation Projects
  • Ethnographic field research for design projects
  • Design and Research Projects in India
  • Social and cultural understanding of renewable energy based initiatives
  • Use of visual methods such as participatory photography and videography, hand-drawn  maps in design field research