Current Lab Members and Collaborators
Associate Professor
Anne Marie's research in human-computer interaction investigates natural user interfaces to support communication and social interaction for people with disabilities and older adults. Currently her research focuses on new media and accessible interfaces for late life social interaction. Anne Marie received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, a M.A. in Education, and a B.S. in Computer Science.
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Ph.D. candidate in Technology and Social Behavior
Jes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Technology and Social Behavior program. She's interested in understanding how individuals with mental illness express their experiences online. Her work focuses on exploring the impact of social control structures (e.g., content moderation, comments) on online mental illness expression, as well as the ways in which these structures may unintentionally, albeit unjustly, oppress individuals living with mental illness. Jes received a B.S. in Computational Media and M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior
Emily is an engineer, designer, and qualitative researcher. She is a PhD student in the Technology and Social Behavior program. In every assistive/adaptive technology project, Emily collaborates with individuals with disabilities via interviews, co-design, and prototype feedback sessions. These encounters inform the interfaces that she creates, whether they be high-tech or low-tech, for practical or expressive purposes, personal or social, or any combination of the above. Before coming to Northwestern, Emily completed a self-designed engineering major with coursework in computer science, human-centered design, and psychology at Olin College of Engineering.
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Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior
Katya is a Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior. Using a qualitative approach, her main line of work focuses on understanding the experiences and technology use practices of individuals with developmental disabilities, such as autism, across the lifespan. Katya seeks to use this knowledge to inform the design of new technologies to help support their needs and personal goals. She has also studied collaboration among people with diverse abilities in the contexts of learning and creative work environments. Katya received a B.S. in Computer Engineering with a specialty in Computing Systems from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.
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Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior
Abir is a Ph.D. student in the Technology and Social Behavior program. In his current project, he is interested in understanding how people with vision impairments use technologies to produce and edit audio and designing accessible and assistive technologies to better support audio production and editing experiences for people with vision impairments. Abir received an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
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Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior
Maitraye is a PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior Program working with Prof. Darren Gergle and Prof. Anne Marie Piper. She’s interested in studying and designing technologies to support collaboration, communication, and social interaction in ability-diverse teams. Her current project focuses on exploring how people with vision impairments collaborate with sighted peers in different domains such as professional writing and creative making. To this end, she engages in ethnographic field observations, contextual interviews, co-designing and technology testing with people having vision impairments. Maitraye received B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
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Ph.D. student in Media, Technology and Society
Adam is a Ph.D. student in the Media, Technology, & Society program. He has a background in computational linguistics, and uses that to study the linguistic markers of collaboration. By modeling discourse, the goal is to visualize and understand when conversation partners are more cooperative or competitive. This can then be extended to improving collaboration for individuals using, e.g., screen readers, so that they can better connect elements of a dialog.
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Lily Barghi
Master's student in Computer Science
Lily is a Master’s student in Computer Science. Lily collaborates with Professor Anne Marie Piper and Emily Wang. Her current project includes developing prototypes of accessible writing tools. Lily received a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign.
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Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science
Mmachi is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science program. She is interested in thinking about how to design Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices for people with language disorders - particularly aphasia. Mmachi is exploring using context-aware devices to supply relevant words to people with aphasia in real-time.
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Lab Alumni
Antonia Agbeh
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Former postdoctoral scholar in Communication Studies
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Graduate of Technology and Social Behavior Ph.D. Program
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Mindy Chua
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Former postdoctoral scholar
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Jordan Davison
Former Research Project Manager
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Former Postdoctoral Researcher in Communication Studies
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Former Postdoctoral Scholar in Technology and Social Behavior
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Charlotte Marshall-Fricker
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Emma McDonnell
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Chelsea Kim
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Scott Neaves
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Xiaoning Ni
Former research assistant
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Vanessa Oguamanam
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Magan Omar
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Ted Schwaba
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Karina Sirota
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Former graduate research assistant
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Yongfu Wang
Former graduate research assistant
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Sherry Zhang
Former undergraduate research assistant
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Xiaofeng Zhu
Former graduate research assistant
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