HCI ResearcherPhD candidate at Open Lab • Lecturer at KSU • Founder and leader of the ArabHCI initiative • Vice chair for the Saudi ACM SIGCHI Chapter.


I’m a PhD candidate in the School of Computing Science, Open lab at Newcastle University, under the supervision of Professor Patrick Olivier, Madeline Balaam, Kyle Montague and Lindsay Pennington. My research interests are in human-computer interaction, social computing, mHealth, and interaction design.

My main research focus is in the area of mobile health and social care technologies, and I work in collaboration with NHS Hospitals and the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University. My work focuses on video coaching technologies to support mothers of children with special needs, and foster communication and collaboration with their health professionals and wider social network through non-traditional means and platforms. This also includes investigating strategies to promote the adoption of digital technologies to augment the current healthcare system and enhance the relational healthcare model.

I earned a BSc and MSc in Computer and Information Sciences from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – my home country. I am also affiliated with the Software and Knowledge Engineering Research Group (SKERG) and remained to continue a career in academia as a lecturer in the Information Technology Department at King Saud University. I have been honored with Teaching and Advising Excellence Award (three times) and the Excellence in Research Award.

Besides my work and research, I’m also engaged in STEM programs for promoting computer science careers for high school students in Saudi Arabia. I’m also passionate about promoting the HCI field in the Arab world and increasing the visibility of Arab researchers, thus I established the ArabHCI initiative, ArabHCI.org, on September 2016 and joined the Saudi ACM SIGCHI Chapter as the vice chair.

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 eSALT – participatory design of smartphone video coaching technology to support early speech and language therapy for very young children with cerebral palsy. The study conducted in collaboration with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust and funded by the charity SPARKS.

ePACT – self-directed coaching technology to support the preschool autism communication therapy. The study held in collaboration with the PACT-G team from Manchester University to support the ‘Parent-mediated social communication therapy for young children with autism’ intervention.

Mito patients engagement technology – patient-centred design concepts around technologies to connect & support patients. The Study held in collaboration with the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research based in the Medical School of Newcastle University.


SaudiCHI Riyadh ACM SIGCHI Chapter . Vice Chair


Professional ACM and SIGCHI . Member



Ebtisam Alabdulqader
Open Lab, Level 1
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