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Email: alishapr [at] umd [dot] edu

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Human-computer Interaction Lab

Hornbake Bldg, South Wing, 4130 Campus Dr #2117, College Park, MD 20740

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland’s Information School, where I work with Dr. Amanda Lazar at The Health Aging and Technology Lab. My research interests lie at the intersection of HCI, aging, accessibility, and technology design for underrepresented populations.

My Ph.D. research uses qualitative and mixed-method approaches to investigate the design of emerging technologies (such as conversational AI, Internet of Things) for and with older adults. More specifically, I seek to understand the larger socio-material configurations in which older individuals and their technologies participate, and approaches to better include older individuals in designing emerging technologies.

I am also affiliated with the Human-computer Interaction Lab and the Trace Center. I completed my Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Maryland, College Park (thesis advised by Dr. Leah Findlater and Dr. Amanda Lazar) and Bachelors in Industrial Design from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, (India).


Jan'22: Received ACM TOCHI's 2020 best paper award for our paper on Older adults' Use of Voice Assistants.

Jul'21: Received honorable mention at CUI'21 for our provocation paper on Persona and Personality of conversational AI agents.

Jul'21: Selected to participate in CSCW 2021 Doctoral Consortium.

Jun'21: Excited to be a User Experience Research Intern in the Social Impact team at Facebook Inc.

Jan'21: Honoured to receive Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award (top 2% of campus graduate assistants)