Areej Al-Wabil

Alfaisal University; HCI Design Lab
Human-Computer Interaction
5+ years
Assistant Professor and Director of HCI Lab

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“A datapreneur and scholar, whose research pushes the boundaries of computation to augment the ways we think and learn. As a designer and developer of interactive technologies, Areej’s research aims to explore the ways in which these innovations augment human abilities.

Her award-winning interactive systems have been deployed to facilitate communication via brain sensing, gaze tracking and emerging blended reality. Her R&D center’s innovations advanced to product development pipelines in Deep Tech startups in Saudi Arabia. In her former role as the Executive Director of IP Enablement at the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property, she spearheaded Saudi Arabia’s national network of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC) and aligned the regional network with WIPO’s global network of TISCs; and led several initiatives for accelerating IP commercialization and innovation, including the IP Academic Alliance, IP Clinics and the IP Observatory which is currently deployed as a publicly accessible platform.

As a professor of software engineering and an interaction designer, she has worked in several research institutions and developed emerging technologies in a number of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Design domains, including brain-computer interaction, gaze interaction, social robotics and data visualization. In her role as a Principal Investigator at the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at MIT and KACST, she led the Health SeHA Analytics with MOH’s VRO, the City Schema Urban Analytics Platform and the Integrated Transit Visualization platform for Riyadh’s Metro mega project, among several projects focusing on HCI’s Tangible Interaction Design and Information Visualization.

She currently Chairs ACM’s HCI Special Interest Group for Human-Computer Interaction SIGCHI in Saudi Arabia and serves as an Advisory Board member for ABI’s Saudi Chapter for Women in Computing, an Ambassador for Stanford’s Women in Data Science WiDS, Co-Chaired Grace Hopper’s HCI Track and is currently the Co-Chair of Saudi Arabia’s Chartered Chapter of ACM’s SIGAccess for Accessible Computing. “

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