Email: alishapr [at] umd [dot] edu
Human-computer Interaction Lab
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 include HCI, ubiquitous computing, aging, and accessibility. My Ph.D. research investigates approaches to design conversational voice technologies to support aging in place. I take a user-centered design approach to design, build, and evaluate customized voice technologies for older adults. I use qualitative methods such as interviews and co-design approaches to understand older adults' needs and preferences from current voice technologies, and translate those insights to design and develop personalized voice technologies.
I am also affiliated with the Human-computer Interaction Lab and the Trace Center. I completed my Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from 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'21: Honoured to receive Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award (top 2% of campus graduate assistants)
Aug'20: Our paper on older adults using voice technologies got accepted at ACM TOCHI.
May'20: Awarded the Graduate Student Grant for research expenses support from University of Maryland.
May'20: Received Research Improvement Grant from University of Maryland iSchool.