About me

Hi! I am a first-year PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at Georgia Tech, advised by Neha Kumar. I work at the Technology and Design for Empowerment (TanDEm) Lab where I study intersectional approaches to technology design in healthcare. My research draws on the fields of computing, design, global health, and feminist theory. My background is in computer engineering; I received my undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech.

Click on one of the links below to learn more about my research. You can also see what I am up to, read my blog, or view my CV. You can get in touch with me at azraismail at gatech dot edu :)

Current projects: Chitra (data visualization for community health), MakerGhat (a community-run makerspace in collaboration with Asha for Education)

 
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How might we design technologies for equity in healthcare?

 
 

I employ ethnographic and participatory methods to better understand the values and motivations of communities targeted by health interventions. I have previously conducted participant observation, co-design, and interviews with doctors, frontline health workers, and slum residents in an underserved region of Delhi.

I draw extensively on feminist and postcolonial theory in human-computer interaction (HCI) and beyond. My work aspires to be sensitive towards intersections such as race, class, gender, age, physical and cognitive ability.

 
 

I believe that data can empower communities to organize and execute interventions relevant to them. In particular, I am interested in investigating relevant health insights that data analytics might offer. I leverage my previous experience conducting machine learning and signal processing on sensor data and large open source datasets.

Technology for intersectional populations needs to account for differing language, digital, and health literacies. This might require new devices or interfaces. My prior work on interface design has focused on designing braille interfaces, speech interfaces, and natural user interfaces.