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.