I am a second-year PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, advised by Dr. Neha Kumar. I work at the Technology and Design for Empowerment (TanDEm) Lab where I study intersectional approaches to technology design in healthcare, with a focus on community health infrastructures in India. My research draws on the fields of computing, design, global health, and feminist theory. I am also the co-founder of a non-profit community-run makerspace in Mumbai (MakerGhat), and co-editor of a medium publication on Human-Centered Computing Across Borders. My background is in computer engineering; I received my undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech.

You can learn more about my research, read my blog, or view my CV. You can get in touch with me at azraismail at gatech dot edu or follow me on twitter @AzraIsmail1 :)

Current projects: Chitra (supporting last-mile community health in India), MakerGhat (a community-run non-profit makerspace in Mumbai)

 
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DESIGNING FOR EQUITY IN HEALTHCARE

Ethnography

I employ ethnographic and participatory design methods to better understand the values and motivations of target populations. I have previously conducted participant observation, co-design, and interviews with doctors, frontline health workers, and slum residents in 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 class, caste, gender, and religion.

I am interested in using data to empower communities to organize and execute interventions relevant to them. I have previously conducted several projects that perform 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 has focused on designing mobile and natural (physical) user interfaces.



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