Vishesh Kumar

Collaboration, Learning, Making, Games

Chicago, IL, USA

Current: I’m a postdoctoral researcher at the tiilt lab, Northwestern University. I try my best to keep my CV up to date.

Background: I grew up in New Delhi (1994-2000 & 2004-2011) and Vishakhapatnam (2000-04). Received a Bachelor’s of Design from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (2011-2015). Then got a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (in the Design, Informal, and Creative Education program), advised by Matthew Berland.

In my current position, I work with Marcelo Worsley, primarily on the SportSense project leading the tech development of numerous tools and activities for sports spaces, implementation of different curricula using these tools, and research around these implementations. I also help mentor undergraduates and graduate students in the lab and assist with research across some of the other ongoing projects as well.


Apr 13, 2023 Presenting across projects at AERA 2023 in Chicago, IL, USA.
Mar 15, 2023 Attending SIGCSE in Toronto, Canada to co-present posters on our introducting programmable sports technologies at a summer sports camp.
Jan 11, 2023 Attending EAAI Symposium to present our work on Scratch for Sports in Washington, D.C., USA.

selected publications

  1. ILE
    SCAMP: an analytical framework for examining flexible social playfulness around interactive museum exhibits
    Kumar, Vishesh, Berland, Matthew, Lyons, Leilah, and Pinzur, Beth
    Interactive Learning Environments 2022
  2. BJET
    Supporting collaborative classroom networks through technology: An actor network theory approach to understanding social behaviours and design
    Kumar, Vishesh, and Tissenbaum, Mike
    British Journal of Educational Technology 2022
  3. IDC
    Youth Experiences with Authentically Embedded Computer Science in Sport
    Bodon, Herminio, Worsley, Marcelo, and Kumar, Vishesh
    In Interaction Design and Children 2022
  4. Comm. Studies
    Procedural Collaboration in Educational Games: Supporting Complex System Understandings in Immersive Whole Class Simulations
    Kumar, Vishesh, Tissenbaum, Michael B, and Kim, Taehyun
    Communication Studies 2021