Organisers

Shiroq Al-Megren is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Sciences at King Saud University (KSU). She is a co-investigator with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the Smart Distributed Systems research group at KSU. For the past year, she (along with her colleague, Najwa Alghamdi) were responsible for re-evaluating the User Experience Design core module for the IT department at KSU. Within this course, students were encouraged to address the cultural, religious, and social differences that impact the design of an interactive system, particularly wearables. She is the current web officer of KACST ACM SIGCHI’s local chapter in Riyadh, which initiated the first ACM SIGCHI-sponsored Summer School in HCI Research Methods (August 2018; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia).

[salmegren.com; salmegren@ksu.edu.sa]

Najwa Alghamdi is an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Sciences at KSU, and a member of the HCI Lab at KACST, and KACST ACM SIGCHI Local Chapter in Riyadh. Her research interests lie primarily in speech and hearing interfaces and technologies and their applications to healthcare. She has led the research and development of a bundle of auditory/audio-visual rehabilitation and accessibility solutions addressed to the hard-of-hearing recipients of cochlear implants. It was with this work, that Najwa encountered the clash between accessible solutions and fashion. Najwa has participated as a speaker at the first ACM SIGCHI-sponsored Summer School in HCI Research Methods, presenting the design principles of voice user interfaces.

[najwa-alghamdi.net; nalghamdi@ksu.edu.sa]

Ragad Allwihan is an assistant professor of computer science at King Saud Bin AbdulAziz University for health science. She is an affiliated researcher with the HCI Lab at (KACST), and King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC). She is a member in KACST ACM SIGCHI Local Chapter and participated in organizing the first ACM SIGCHI Sponsored Summer School in HCI Research Methods (August 2018) Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her research interests are in the mobile HCI, user experience, cross-cultural design and HCI research methods.

[hciarabia.com; rallwihan.comlwihanr@ksau-hs.edu.sa]

Nora Alrajebah is an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Sciences at King Saud University. She is an affiliated member at the Informatics, Web technologies, and Arabic Natural Language Processing research group (IWAN) at the university. Her research interests are computational sociology, web science, data science and network science. She is interested in studying the intersection between users and technologies. In particular, she is interested in studying the way users influence and change technologies and vice versa.