Dr. Vikram Singh Parmar is a CEO of the National Design Business Incubator, Ahmedabad (NDBI), and an Senior Designer in the Product Design department at the National Institute of Design (NID). Dr. Parmar has a decade of experience in teaching, researching and consulting in the European and South Asian Sector in the area of developing products and services for emerging markets. Particularly in the area of “Design for behavior change” in the domain of healthcare and waste management. He received his PhD in Industrial Design Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands on “Design Framework for Developing ICT Products and Services for Rural Development”. He did his masters in industrial design from IIT Bombay, India, and bachelors in Architecture from the Institute of Environmental Design, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat.
He was a full time Assistant Professor for two years (2009-10), and (visiting from 2011-15) with the department of Design Engineering, faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. He was also a visiting faculty at IIT Gandhinagar and Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Technology, India. Dr. Parmar, has served as a Project leader of the “Emerging Market” theme in Design Initiatief organization, consultant for Dutch Ministry, and Board member (2010-12) for Finland network “Finode”-Framework for Sustainable and User-driven Innovations in the Bottom of the Pyramid Markets for Kenya, India, and Mozambique.
Prior to joining NID, Dr. Parmar was the founding joint director and Associate Professor at VentureStudio- Center for Innovative Business Design, Ahmedabad University, Gujarat-India in collaboration with Center for Design Research (CDR), Stanford University. As an Institution builder at VentureStudio, his goal was to offer a platform to (a) young entrepreneurs, small medium enterprises, and grassroots innovators to refine their innovation by building prototypes, providing design and engineering support, and determining their viability, (b) Connect innovators to relevant venture capitalist or business houses for converting their ideas into sustainable enterprises, (c) Motivate Indian innovators to pursue their career as an entrepreneurs. In VentureStudio Dr. Parmar has closely worked with 35 entrepreneurs and mentored sixteen commercially viable ventures in the domain such as urban farming, education, women health, summarization tool, language entertainment, social connect, law, and design for users with special needs. VentureStudio continues to demonstrate a working model for an innovation eco-system that can be replicated in other parts of the country. Out of 16 start-ups, one start-up was acquired by KNO Inc, Silicon Valley for 4 million USD. Three start-ups have procured their first Angel investment.
His research work involves conducting research in the domain of Venture Design and entrepreneurship, design for reducing information poverty, design for sustainable living, shaping consumer behavior for social change, capacity development for rural communities, affordable toilets, smart and sustainable ambient environments, medical devices for affordable health, grassroots innovations in agriculture, water, and education. He has published in the area of persuasive computing, behavioral change in rural healthcare, capacity development and ICT4d. He has supervised several master’s thesis and currently he is supervising two doctoral students from TUD, Netherlands. In NID, he has been involved in subjects such as Design Studio’s, Design workshop, and Design elective. In IDE, TU Delft, he taught subjects such as integrated product design, Sustainability minor- Explore lab, Interaction and Electronics, Research and Design, Usability and Re-design, Design Manifestation, and Advanced product design.
Industrial Design and Engineering:
Integrated new product and service development in the area of rural healthcare for applications such as diagnostic care, preventative information system, pre-referral services and digital health identity.
Behavior change and communication in healthcare.
Human Computer Interaction design (HCI)- specific areas such as Tangible user interface, persuasive computing.
User centered research and design methodologies.
Social and Contextual Interaction Design.
His research interests focus upon: Venture Design and entrepreneurship, design for reducing information poverty, design for sustainable living, shaping consumer behavior for social change, capacity development for rural communities, affordable toilets, smart and sustainable ambient environments, medical devices for affordable health, grassroots innovations in agriculture, water, and education. He has published in area of persuasive computing, behavioral change in rural healthcare, capacity development and ICT4d. He has supervised several master’s thesis and currently he is supervising two doctoral students from TUD, Netherlands.
Best PhD Research project award (2010) American Medical Informatics Association, Washington NOKIA Best paper award (2008) PERSUASIVE COMPUTING 2008, Oulu, Finland. Global Social Entrepreneurship Award(2005) University of Washington, Business School and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, Seattle, USA. For business proposal “Socio-economic connection: An approach to provide E-health service in developing countries”. Speerpunt research scholarship, PhD scholarship (2005-09) Smart Surrounding Project, funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands Speerpunt research scholarship, Information and Communication Technology, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
Mink, A., van der Marel, F., Parmar, V., & Kandachar, P. (2015). Using the Capability Approach to Detect Design Opportunities. Conference Proceedings of the Design for Sustainable Well-being and Empowerment Conference, Bangalore, India. Mink, A., Parmar, V., & Kandachar, P. (2015). Approaching Design for Development from a Capability Perspective. Current Science (pp 1639-1649). Mink, A., Parmar, V. S., & Kandachar P. V. (2014). Responsible Design and Product Innovation from a Capability Perspective. In J. Van den Hoven, N. Doorn, T. Swierstra, B.-J. Koops & H. Romijn (Eds.), Responsible Innovation 1. Innovative Solutions for Global Issues. (1 ed., Vol. 1, pp. 113-148). Dordrecht: Springer. Mink, A., Parmar, V. S., & Kandachar, P. V. (2014). Exploring the Role of the Capability Approach in Design for Well-being. Paper presented at the International HDCA Conference 2014, Athens, Greece. Sonalkar, N, Mabogunje, A, Parmar, VS , Cannon, D & Leifer, L (2012). A testbed for studying venture design teams in emerging markets. In D Marjanovic, M Storga, N Pavkovic & N Bojcetic (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th international design conference design 2012 (pp. 561-568). Mink, A., Parmar, V., & Kandachar, P. (2011). Abstract for NWO Conference on Responsible Innovation (2011). The Hague, the Netherlands. Responsible Design and Product Innovation from a Capability Perspective Kandachar, P., Deihl, J.C,. Parmar, V., Shivrama, C (2011) Sustainable Healthcare for the Base-of-the-Pyramid- Research and Design (2008-2010). ISBN 978-90-5155-074-0 (Edited book) Kandachar, P., Deihl, J.C,. Parmar, V., Shivrama, C (2011) Designing with Emerging Markets: Design of Products and Services (2011 Edition). ISBN 978-90-5155-077-1 (Edited book) Parmar, V., Deihl J. C., Kandachar (2011). Influence of BOP Strategy on the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology. C.K Prahalad Legacy Conference, San Diego. Parmar,V. (2010) Disseminating maternal health information to rural women: Longitudinal study from the Field deployment. American Medical Information Association (AMIA), Washington DC, Nov 2010. Parmar, V., D. Keyson and C. deBont (2010). Analyzing ICT projects from a design perspective: A case of Rural India. DESIGN 2010, Croatia, May 2010. Parmar, VS (2009) Design framework for developing ict products and services for rural development A persuasive health information system for rural India. Publisher: TUD Technische Universiteit Delft Parmar, V., D. Keyson and C. deBont (2009). Persuasive Technology to Shape Social Beliefs: A Case of Persuasive Health Information Systems for Rural Women in India. Communications of the Association for Information Systems 24: 427-454. Parmar, V. (2009) A multi-disciplinary approach to ICT development, Journal of Information technologies and International Development, 5(4), pp.89-96 Parmar, V., G. Groeneveld, Jalote-Parmar, A. and D. Keyson (2009), Tangible user interfaces for increasing social interaction among rural woman, Tangible Embedded Interaction 2009, ACM digital library, pp. 139-145. Parmar, V., D. Keyson, and C. deBont. (2008) Persuasive Technology for Shaping Social Beliefs of Rural Women in India: An Approach Based on the Theory of Planned Behaviour. H.Oinas-Kukkonen et al (Eds.): PERSUASIVE 2008, LNCS 5033, pp.104-115, 200, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008 Parmar.V (2008), Persuasive technology for shaping social beliefs of rural women: Development of group based health information kiosk. In AISB convention'08 (Communication, Interaction, and Social Intelligence), University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Parmar, V., D. Keyson, and C. deBont (2007). In IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, Shaping social beliefs: A community sensitive health information system for rural India. In Home Informatics and Telematics: ICT for the Next Billion. 2007. IIT Madras, Chennai: Boston- Springer.Back
Ex Officio Member
Joint/Deputy Secretary, DIPP, Ministry of commerce & industry, Government of India
Member, Governing Council - NID
H K Mittal
Head NSTDEB, Dept of Science & Technology, New Delhi
President, ASMKI, New Delhi
Adviser, SRISTI & Visiting Professor, SPIESR, Ahmedabad [Former Director EDI, Ahmedabad]
NID Alumni, Ahmedabad
Research Associate IPR Cell