I am very excited to join the KACST ACM SIGCHI Chapter. The ACM SIGCHI Chapter was chartered in Spring 2017 at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Chapter participation provides a unique combination of social interaction and professional dialogue among peers. If you’re interested in joining the chapter, you can click here.
I invited to attend “Tweets for Change” speaker series in Washington, DC which was organized by Twitter. https://fortheculturetour.splashthat.com
Since then I’ve been interested in exploring applications for leveraging artificial intelligence to improve people’s life. I was very delighted to get involved in a research group at Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) with the Social Computing group during Spring 2017. Led by Dr. Luis Fernandez Luque, I got an opportunity to work on a project that aimed to provide health education to mothers to maintain a healthy weight for their children. For the purpose of this study, we developed a chatbot in order to utilize technology to support parents’ engagement to sustain the weight loss of their children.
The project involved three stages. The first stage was understanding the preferences and needs to build a comprehensive knowledge base for chatbot. In order to explore parents’ needs and interests, the research team created WhatsApp group. The first stage was to analyze the contents of the group and the group dynamics among parents. The findings of this study led to a design specification and more tailored contents to build a Telegram bot. The second stage of this project was designing and implementing a chatbot. The chatbot built was delivered to mothers in Qatar where they took a part of. Regular messages were sent to foster education to the mothers about their children food consumption, diet and exercise.
I have been selected for the AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium Student Volunteer Program.
I am very thrilled to organize the Women in Technology forum at King Khalid University on Jan 27, 2016; a regional event which gathered thought leaders from across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to share insights on issues related to advancing the role of women in computing and exploring how to support women in technology in contributing to the national transformation plan in the Kingdom. In this event, I presented on my experience about my involvement in ArabWIC and its role in advancing the careers of women in technology in my local context. Attendees had the opportunity to connect with others interested in information technology, software engineering, information systems and computer science. Here is the slides of my presentation. To read more about the ArabWIC Saudi Arabia Chapter participation at this event, click here.