People

A complete list of organizers:

Neha Kumar (co-chair) is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech, jointly appointed at the schools of International Affairs and Interactive Computing. She focuses on human-centered computing for global development. She graduated from UC Berkeley’s School of Information and was a postdoc at University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering and the Annenberg School of Communication at University of Southern California.

Susan M. Dray (co-chair) is President of Dray & Associates, Inc., where she provides contextual and ethnographic user research, usability evaluation, and interface design consultation for a wide range of products systems, and applications. She has worked in many countries and is an expert in international user studies. She contributed to the founding of ACM SIGCHI, was the 2006 recipient of the SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award, and a recipient of the SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement in Practice Award in 2015. She is an ACM Distinguished Engineer and a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed is a PhD candidate in the Department of Information Science of Cornell University. He received his MS in the same Department. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor and Masters in Computer Science from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He formed the first-ever HCI research group in Bangladesh in 2009, and since then he has been leading that group. He conducts ethnography and designs technologies for marginalized populations with a focus on the concept of ‘voice’.

Kagonya Awori is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her work examines how social, situated, and tangible technologies can be designed to enable elders in their homelands, foster indigenous skills and practices among youth in the diaspora. Kagonya’s work experience includes setting up a User Experience Lab at the iHub in her home country Kenya and working on various HCI research projects in Kenya, Australia and Portugal. Kagonya is a Google Anita Borg scholarship recipient (2014) and the founder of WananCHI, a Kenyan ACM SIGCHI chapter. She is also a technical co-chair for AfriCHI 2016, the inaugural ACM SIGCHI conference for Africa.

Nic Bidwell is a Professor at University of Namibia, Professor Extraordinaire at University of Pretoria, South Africa and affiliated with the Digital Ethnography Group, RMIT. Nic’s work lies at the intersection of critical studies of information and interactive technology, social informatics and ICT4D, and is motivated by a decolonising approach. She initiated the first panel on Indigenous Led Digital Enterprises held at an international HCI conference; co-founded Indigenous Knowledge Technology Conference (Namibia); is inaugural Technical Programme Chair of AfriCHI’16 (Nairobi, Kenya); and co-edited a book: At the Intersection of Indigenous and Traditional Knowledges and Technology Design, 2015.

Marshini Chetty is an Assistant Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland specializing in HCI and ubiquitous computing. Her research focuses on making the Internet more efficient, affordable, and secure from the user perspective via user studies and the design, implementation, and evaluation of end-user facing technologies. Frequently, this research occurs in resource-constrained settings, like her home country, South Africa. Marshini holds a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Masters and Bachelors in Computer Science from University of Cape Town.

Jay Chen is an Assistant Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi and the director of the Design Technology Lab. His research is in the area of information and communication technologies for development (ICTD), focusing on technology interventions that leverage people’s existing behaviors or latent aspirations in order to encourage adoption. His projects span systems, networking, and human-computer interaction.

Andrew Dearden is a Professor of Interactive Systems Design at Sheffield Hallam University. He has been involved in ICTD research for over 10 years and was the founding chair of IFIP’s special interest group on Interaction Design and International Development. He has written extensively about the methods, approaches and ethics in ICTD research.

Nicola Dell is an Assistant Professor of Information Science at Cornell University’s Tech campus in New York City. She is also a part of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. Her research interests are in HCI and ICTD with a focus on designing and evaluating systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in low-income regions.

Melissa Densmore is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. Prior to UCT, she was a postdoc at Microsoft Research in Bangalore, India as part of the Technology for Emerging Markets group. Her research interests include HCI4D, mobile health, and last-mile networking.

Brian DeRenzi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. For the last nine years he has worked with end users to co-design, develop, deploy, and rigorously evaluate tools to support data collection, enhance communication, and strengthen the feedback loop between community-based workers and governmental systems. Brian is a Fulbright Fellow and has lived and worked in three different countries in East Africa. He now sits on the executive committee of UCT’s prestigious Centre for ICT for Development.

Beki Grinter is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Her research lies at the intersection of several different research communities including computer supported cooperative work, human computer interaction, sociology, software engineering and ubiquitous computing.

Zhengjie Liu is a Professor at Dalian Maritime University, China. He has been involved in HCI since 1989 and founded Sino European Usability Center in 2000. He is a pioneer in promoting user experience and user-centered design and innovation in China. He has over 15 years of experience consulting to and training industry including many Fortune 500 multinationals. He has also worked with under served communities in China including migrant farm workers, low-literate populations and the blind. He is former SIGCHI adjunct chair for developing worlds, Expert Member at IFIP TC.13 HCI Committee, and awardee of IFIP TC13 Pioneers Award.

Mario A Moreno Rocha is a Professor and Researcher in HCI and the leader of UsaLab Laboratorio de Usabilidad in the Institute of Computing at the Universidad Tecnologica de la Mixteca in Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca, Mexico. He has experience in the development of usability studies, contextual studies, and cross-cultural usability.

Anicia Peters is the Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Informatics at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (formerly Polytechnic of Namibia). She is also the Chair for the SIGCHI African HCI Community and General Conference Chair of the inaugural Africa HCI conference (AfriCHI ‘16). Her research interests span both the human and technical aspects of interactive system design, development and use. She is passionate about expanding existing HCI research capacity in Africa.

Nithya Sambasivan is a UX Researcher at Google Access, previously at Google.org, since 2012. Her research focuses on understanding, designing, and evaluating technologies for developing countries, with a focus on Internet access in constrained environments. Her research interests are in HCI, ICTD, Anthropology, and Ubiquitous Computing. Nithya has a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Sciences from UC, Irvine, where her dissertation was on understanding technology use in low income communities–slum communities, urban sex workers and microenterprenuers in India.

Eunice Sari is Co-Founder and Principal UX Consultant at UX Indonesia and a Lecturer at University of Western Australia. Eunice has been working in the field of HCI and UX for the last 15+ years with both academia and industries in Europe, Australia, Asia and United States. She is currently the Chair of Indonesia ACM SIGCHI Chapter, SEA Liaison of ACM SIGCHI Asian Development Committee, Expert Member at IFIP TC.13 HCI Committee, and Western Australia State Representative for the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA).

Bill Thies is a Researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India. His research focuses on building appropriate information and communication technologies that contribute to the socio-economic development of low-income communities. This work encompasses HCI, online education, mHealth, crowdsourcing, and other areas. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009.

Indrani Medhi Thies is a Researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India. Her research interest is in the area of User Experience Design, and Technology for Global Development. Her primary work has been in User Interfaces for Low-Literate and Novice Technology Users. Indrani has a Masters’ degree in Design from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT-ID), Chicago, USA. Currently, she is also writing up her Ph.D. thesis at the Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT Bombay), India. In 2010, Indrani received the MIT TR35 ‘2010 Top Innovators Under 35’ award.

William D. Tucker is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Cape (UWC), with more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in information and communications technologies, and 19 of those years lecturing at UWC. He is founder and director of the Bridging Application and Network Gaps (BANG) research group, which conducts applied socio-technical research into all aspects of ICTD and network design to serve the un-served.

Elba Valderrama Bahamóndez is a Professor in the Faculty of Computer Systems Engineering at the Technological University of Panama where she coordinates research on Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing. She has a Ph.D. in HCI from the University of Stuttgart and an M.Sc. in Media Informatics from RWTH Aachen University. Her research interests include HCI4D, ubiquitous learning, user interfaces for mobile devices, accessibility, and tangible interfaces.

Susan Wyche is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University and is interested in HCI and ICTD. Her research investigates the appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) by individuals and groups in Africa. This work is supported by grants from Google, USAID and the National Science Foundation. Wyche received her Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology and M.Sc. from Cornell.

We are grateful to have the following ‘participant mentors’ at our workshop:

Ed Cutrell manages the Technology for Emerging Markets (TEM) group at Microsoft Research India. TEM is a multidisciplinary group working to study, design, build, and evaluate technologies and systems useful for people living in underserved rural and urban communities. The goal of this work is to understand how people in the world’s poor and developing communities interact with information technologies, and to invent new ways for technology to meet their needs and aspirations. Ed has worked in the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) since 2000; he is trained in cognitive neuropsychology, with a PhD from the University of Oregon.

Jacki O’Neill  tries to understand where and how technology can be used to improve the lives of people with lower socio-economic status, whether that be through work, health, education or play. To this end, she conducts ethnomethodologically-informed ethnographies of people’s everyday practices – both with and without technology – and uses this to inform the design of new technologies. Her research falls into the domains of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Co-operative Work (CSCW) and, more recently, Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D).

And here is the complete list of registered attendees:

  1. Agarwal, Monali
  2. Ahmed, Nova
  3. Ahmed, Syed Ishtiaque
  4. Amukugo, Karin
  5. Anderson, Richard
  6. Awori, Kagonya
  7. Basharat, Amna
  8. Bidwell, Nicola
  9. Chandra, Priyank
  10. Chen, Jay
  11. Chen, Monchu
  12. Chi, Guanghua
  13. Chib, Arul
  14. Chisik, Yoram
  15. Cutrell, Edward
  16. Dahya, Negin
  17. Dell, Nicola
  18. Densmore, Melissa
  19. DeRenzi, Brian
  20. Dray, Susan
  21. Durrani, Haris
  22. Dye, Michaelanne
  23. Fisher, Karen
  24. G. Cabrero, Daniel
  25. Gaytán Lugo, Laura Sanely
  26. Guha, Shion
  27. Haines, Julia
  28. Hamunyela, Suama
  29. Harniss, Mark
  30. Heimerl, Kurtis
  31. Hentschel, Jasmine
  32. Hussain, Syed Ali
  33. Jack, Margaret
  34. Kameswaran, Vaishnav
  35. Katz, Vikki
  36. Kendall, Linus
  37. Kumar, Arkadeep
  38. Kumar, Neha
  39. Li, Hui
  40. Liu, Zhengjie
  41. Molapo, Maletsabisa
  42. Morales Diaz, Leonel Vinicio
  43. Moreno-Rocha, Mario
  44. Nelson, Andrew
  45. Nemer, David
  46. Nicholson, Stuart
  47. Ntinda, Maria
  48. Okeke, Fabian
  49. O’Neill, Jacki
  50. Pal, Joyojeet
  51. Pandey, Vineet
  52. Parikh, Tapan
  53. Perrier, Trevor
  54. Peters, Anicia
  55. Raza, Agha Ali
  56. Saleh, MennatAllah
  57. Sambasivan, Nithya
  58. Sánchez, Alfredo
  59. Sari, Eunice
  60. Shahid, Suleman
  61. Soden, Robert
  62. Sturm, Christian
  63. Talhouk, Reem
  64. Teklegiorgis, Rahel
  65. Thomas, Vanessa
  66. Toyama, Kentaro
  67. Valderrama-Bahamonde, Elba
  68. Varghese, Delvin
  69. Vashistha, Aditya
  70. Vick, Taylor
  71. Vishwanath, Aditya
  72. Yafi, Eiad
  73. Yefimova, Katya
  74. Zhou, Rui