Mayur Karnik is a PhD candidate at University of Madeira / Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute in Funchal, Portugal. His research deals with the influence of social technologies on musical practices and their implications for design. In addition, he works as a Senior Researcher in ‘Madeira Life’, a project at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and ZON Multim├ędia. He also teaches the ‘Design Methods’ course (2010, 2013) to the Interactive Media Design (LDMI) undergraduates at the University of Madeira, Portugal.

Mayur graduated from the National Institute of Design, India in 2005 with a post graduate degree in Communication Design (Specialization: User Interface Design / Interaction Design). As part of the final project of the program, he interned with Hewlett Packard Labs in Bangalore for 6 months wherein he investigated cross cultural influences on user research. More recently, he worked with Philips Design as Deputy Manager / Senior Interaction Designer in India and Hong Kong till December 2008, where his work involved designing user experiences for portable media players, digital photo albums, electronic home appliances and desktop applications.

His interests include, though not limited to, interaction design, social media / social networks, interactive arts, VJing, music and ethnography.