I am a PhD Candidate in the Information Systems program at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I am a member of Interactive Systems Research Center. My research contributes to the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Information Retrieval (IR) and Health Consumer Informatics. I have worked on different research projects that aim to explore the online search behaviors with the goal of informing inclusive and usable systems design and policy. I often run mixed-method research that combines quantitative and qualitative data.

My PhD dissertation aims to address user needs in the context of health informational retrieval . I am more interested in exploring and understanding users behavior and interactions with systems and how to inform designing systems/tools that adapt to users’ health information needs and level of health literacy. 

I am also passionate about mentoring and promoting the participation of women in STEM and computing fields. This is evident from my previous and current affiliations with a variety of organizations dedicated to support women in technology including WICS, CWIT, and ArabWIC.  It is a significant accomplishment that I have played a leadership role as one of the founders of ArabWIC Chapter in Saudi Arabia, and the community has now grown incredibly.

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What I am up to nowadays!!!

  • Jan 2020: Happy New Year!🎊 kicking off the 2020 with receiving the news that I’m awarded the SIGIR Student Travel Grant
  • Dec 2019: very excited to get my dissertation research accepted to be presenting in the Doctoral Consortium at CHIIR2020.
  • Nov 2019: November is being great to me! my research got accepted to International Journal of Medical Informatics.  
  • Nov 2019: Participated at AMIA Annual Symposium in DC as volunteer and presenter.
  • Nov 2019: I’ve participated at Hopperx1 New York City.
  • Oct 2019: Invited to speak at the 2019 INFORMS Annual Meeting 
  • Sep 2019: I am NOW officially a PhD Candidate!! I defended my PROPOSAL. 
  • July 2019: Presented my research at HCI International in Orlando.
  • Mar 2019: Invited to attend the International Women Day Summit organized by Google Women Techmaker in NYC
  • Feb 2019: Participated at two-day workshop on academic leadership organized by minister of higher ministry in Saudi Arabia
  • May 2018: Invited with great friends from ArabWIC community to attend Google IO.
  • April 2018: I am very pleased and honored to be selected as a Google Women Techmaker Scholar. I blogged about my experience in the application (here), I hope some find it valuable.
  • May 2017: I’ve attended my first CHI in Denver, Co. I’ve learned many and different things and I feel like I’ve grown both personally and professionally.😀My @ArabWIC_KSA team is planning to organize an online meeting to share our #CHI2017 experiences. Stay tuned!
  • Jan 2017: I will be taking the doctoral comprehensive exam in the next couple of days, Wish me Good Luck for my exam.
  • Jan 2017: My first journal article is accepted for apublication at International Journal of Human Computer Interaction,  Yesss!  Here is the link.
  • Oct 2016: Attended Grace Hooper Celebration in Houston, what is such a wonderful experience!  Stay Tuned for my blog about my #GHC16 experience.
  • Sept 2016: Recieved AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium Student Volunteer, yess will be in Chicago!
  • June 2016: Submitted to International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction- Special Issue on Mobile HCI. First journal submission, Wish me the best!
  • June 2016: Received a scholarship by Anita Borg Institute to attend GHC 2016 in Houston. So Excited!!! 
  • December 2015: Our research work entitled  “Language selection and query formulation in Arabic users’ English-language searching” is acceptedfor presenting in (iConference 2016) with Dr. Anita Komoldi.
  • June 2015: Our research work entitled “Improving Mobile Web Search by Clustering and Visualizing Search Engine Results” is accepted for publication in 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 2015) with my adviser Dr. Lina Zhou and Dr. Dongsong Zhang
  • May 2015: I am honored to participate as a panelist at NYUAD Women in Computing in the Arab World Conference 2015 (ArabWIC 2015)  – annual gathering for women interested in computing and technology in Arab world.

Recent Posts

Received Google Women Techmaker Scholarship😄: Insights and Tips

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, Google provides scholarships to encourage students to excel in their studies and become leaders. Through the Women Techmakers Scholars Program (formerly the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program), Google is furthering Dr. Anita Borg’s vision of creating gender equality in the field of computer … Continue reading Received Google Women Techmaker Scholarship😄: Insights and Tips

Participated at ArabWIC 2017 Conference

It has been a wonderful experience attending the ArabWIC 5th Annual International conference on Arab Women in Computing at the American University of Beirut (AUB) on August 10 to 12th, 2017.  The Arab Women In Computing Association (ArabWIC) mission is to support, inspire, retain, encourage collaboration among, increase visibility of and help elevate the status of … Continue reading Participated at ArabWIC 2017 Conference

Completed a Summer Internship at John Hopkins

I’ve the pleasure of having a summer research experience under the supervision of Dr. Casey Overby at Johns Hopkins Medicine.  The group of researchers I worked with explored user-centered tools for communicating big data in healthcare.  With the growing number of clinical practice guidelines in precision medicine, updating these guidelines requires an involvement of multiple stakeholders. That would be a time consuming … Continue reading Completed a Summer Internship at John Hopkins

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