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N.N. (Navya) Sharan

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Youth & Media Entertainment

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Postbus 15791
    1001 NG Amsterdam
  • Profile

    I am a PhD researcher at the Youth & Media Entertainment programme group at ASCoR. My dissertation focuses on human-robot communication. Prior to starting my PhD, I completed my undergraduate studies in psychology (BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2019) at University College London in the UK. Subsequently, I completed my Master's in Human-Machine Communication (MSc HMC, 2021) with an additional honours degree at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Outside of research, I am actively involved in projects with a social impact. Previously, I founded and ran my own voluntary social organization aimed at providing research mentorship to university students. I am also an avid reader, photographer, and traveller!

  • Research

    My research interests lie at the intersection of psychology and technology.

    During my undergraduate studies, I completed a summer semester abroad at Singapore Management University where I learnt about global technological trends and the design and application of smart technologies. 

    Subsequently, in my Master's, I specialized in cognitive engineering, a branch of human-machine communication focused on using psychological concepts and principles to building technological systems. I completed my Master's thesis at the Enhancing Ability Lab at Cornell Tech where I designed and evaluated an accessible virtual reality environment to facilitate social interaction among students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also completed a year long research internship at TNO, Netherlands where I studied social presence in mediated communication. 

    In a similar vein, my PhD project focuses on expanding our (theoretical) understanding of how we communicate with advanced social robots.

    Read more about my PhD project Follow my research
  • Publicaties


    • Sharan, N. N., Toet, A., Mioch, T., Niamut, O., & van Erp, J. B. F. (2022). The relative importance of social cues in immersive mediated communication. In T. Ahram, & R. Taiar (Eds.), Human Interaction, Emerging Technologies and Future Systems V: IHIET 2021. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems (Vol. 319, pp. 491-498). Spinger. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-85540-6_62




    • Sharan, N. N. (2022). Neurodiversity in virtual reality: Facilitating social interaction for students with ASD. Paper presented at ICA, Paris, France.
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