About Me

Coder. Dancer. Creator.

Hi! I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Informatics at Pennsylvania State University.  My lab is ‘Innovation and Collaboration Lab’ that is led by Dr. Jack M. Carroll and Dr. Mary Beth Rosson. My advisor is Dr. Mary Beth Rosson. My primary research interest is to use a data-driven approach grounded in educational psychology to design tools to enhance the pedagogical experience of online learners. My work explores adaptive learning (more specifically Open Learner Models). My desire to pursue doctoral studies is motivated by my aspirations to contribute to research concerning human behavioral dynamics through pervasive sensing, and in HCI for education.



Graduate & Undergraduate

Social Cognition in Adaptive Learning

Crisis Response on Twitter

Technology Support for 911 Centers

We Are One: Study on Distributed Communities

Learning Modalities

Plant Village (NLP supported learning tool for African Farmers) 

Online Learning (YouTube)


Academic Work



  1. Emergency Management During COVID-19: Working in the Supporting Civic Awareness Networks (SCAN) Lab at Penn State. My current project examines the emergency management in the time of pandemic (COVID-19). I am working on analyzing the role social media can play during crisis response.

  2. One Penn State: My current work is focused on connecting students from distributed campuses. As a pilot we want to work with Penn State and it’s 19 campuses. The three central concepts to this work are community collective efficacy, institute identity and sense of community. 

  3. Plant Village (NLP supported learning tool for African Farmers) (link: https://plantvillage.psu.edu/): The farmers in the Busia district of Kenya use our application (Plant Village) to use AI to identify diseases in their crops and to combat them.



  1. Learning Modalities: As part of work in systems within HCI, I worked on (i) content curation for Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other Open Access Educational Content (OAEC) (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo) and (ii) assessing the subjectivity of content modality preference for each individual.

  2. Online Learning (YouTube): In an article titled ‘Modelling and statistical analysis of YouTube's educational videos: A channel Owner's perspective’, we discussed insights into educational content viewership ranging from seasonality and trends in viewership to effective video length evaluation


  1. Robert Graham Endowment Graduate Fellow (2019-20)

  2. Merit-based Scholarship at Shiv Nadar University(2015-19)

  3. National Talent Search Scholar (2013-19)


Gautam, S., & Rosson, M. B. (2021). Exploring Feelings of Student Community across a Geographically Distributed University. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 5(CSCW1), 1-16.

Saurabh, S.Gautam, S. (2019). Modeling and statistical analysis of YouTube's educational videos: A channel Owner's perspective. Computers & Education, 128(1), 145-158.


Scholarly Activities



Graduate Student Organization College of Information Sciences and Technology

Pennsylvania State University



HackData- The Data Science Hackathon

Shiv Nadar University



SNU ACM-W Chapter

Shiv Nadar University


"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"

J. K. Rowling



Professional Experience

Research Intern, HCI

Sept 2021 - Dec 2021


Worked as a qualitative researcher in the AI Engineering team.

Designed, conducted and analyzed semi-structured interviews.

Technology Strats Intern

Jan 2019 - May 2019

Goldman Sachs

Worked as a part of the Corporate Cash Management team.
Developed a web-based micro-services driven payment control
portal to replace the legacy payment control platform.

Student Intern

May 2017 - July 2017

Aujas Networks

Responsible for the development of the C++ Registered
Device Management Platform for Aadhar Unique Identification
Authority of India (UIDAI).


Get in Touch

E311 Westgate Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park
PA 16802

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