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Postdoctoral Fellowship Ideation Lab School of EngineeringMIT, Cambridge, Massachussetts, USA

PhD Computer Science, Center for Human-Computer Interaction DesignSchool of Informatics, City University London, U.K.

MEM Master of Engineering Management; SwEng, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington D.C. [Software Engineering SwEng & Information Systems Management ]   

MSc. Master of Science, Computer Science, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington D.C. [Graphics and Multimedia Systems]
BSc. Bachelor of Science, Computer Applications, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Professional Experience

[2013 - present]  Principal Investigator, Center for Complex Engineering Systems in MIT and KACST
[2014 – 2015]    Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs, PSUCW, Prince Sultan University (PSU), Saudi Arabia
[2012 – 2012]    Honorary Research Fellow, School of Engineering and Digital Arts, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
[2012 – 2014]    Vice-Chair , Department of Software Engineering, CCIS, KSU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
[2011 – 2012]    Acting Vice-Chair, Department of Software Engineering, CCIS, KSU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
[2009 – 2015]    Assistant Professor, College of Computer and Information Sciences (CCIS), KSU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
[2005 – 2006]    Teaching Assistant, School of Informatics, Centre for HCI Design, City University of London, England, U.K.
[2002 – 2004]    Lecturer, College of Computer and Information Sciences, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
[2000 – 2002]    Research Associate, University of Texas - Houston; DBA of NIH Epidemiology Research Project, U.S.A
[1995 – 1996]    Instructor, New Horizons Training Centers, Al-Khaleej Training & Electronics Industries, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


2015 Visionary Award, the SAP Academic Alliance for the MENA region (Middle East, Europe and North Africa) | SAP Academic Alliance Conference, Waldorf – Heidelberg, Germany.

2013 Academic Excellence Award for Faculty | Women in Higher Education Symposium: Growth to Competition (SWHES) held in Jan 2013; King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

2013 Student Choice Award for Faculty in Computing | Women in Higher Education Symposium: Growth to Competition (SWHES) held in Jan 2013; King Saud university, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

2012 Honorary Fellowship Award: Summer Grant Program at KACST for the NHS Project of Brain-Computer Interfaces for Clinical Patients with Neurological and Motor Disabilities | Honorary Fellowship in the School of Engineering, University of Kent.

2010 IEEE Foundation Grant Award #2010-038 STEM Workshops for Promoting Computer Science Careers for Senior High School Female Students in Saudi Arabia.

2006 Academic Achievement Award for PhD Students; Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in the United Kingdom, London, United Kingdom (PhD Degree).

1998 Academic Achievement Award for MSc Students; Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau in the USA. Washington D.C., USA (MSc Degree).

Workshop Presentations

Jan 2011 Dyslexia in Arabic-Speaking Populations: Challenges and Technology Support. Presented in Prince Salman's Center for Disability Research, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dec 2011 Funding Research Projects in Computer Science Domains. Presented in Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mar 2009 Recent Advances in Eye Tracking Methodology and Technologies. Presented in the Meeting of the Minds Workshop at the Prince Salman Research & Translation Center. Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Feb 2008 Eye Tracking Dyslexic Web Users: A Case Study. Presented in the Eye Tracking Workshop for Usability Consultants at the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design. Vodafone Interaction Lab, London, U.K.

Jan 2006 Designing Arabic e-Content for Dyslexics. Workshop organized and presented in coordination with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education, Secretariat of Special Education, Learning Disabilities Unit. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Apr 2005 Creating Classroom Websites. Workshop presented in the Third Symposium on Learning & Technology, Effat University. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Invited Lectures

Apr 2013        Panel in the Google GSA 2013 Women in Computing Conference in Saudi Arabia | Organized by Google Student Ambassadors | Topic: Persuasive & Pervasive Computing [Presentation].

May 2013       Assistive Technologies for Learning Difficulties | Invited Talk in the World Day for Learning Disabilities| Hosted by KSU's Disability Service Center (DSC) in Riyadh, KSA [Presentation].

Jan 2013         Eye Tracking and Brainwave Technologies for Cognitive Disabilities | Invited Session in the Psychiatry Department of the National Guard Hospital (NGHA), Riyadh, KSA.

Nov 2010       Interaction Design. Lecture presentation in the 2nd meeting of TechLadies, hosted by Badir Technology Incubators in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

Jan 2009         Usability and Accessibility of the Web. Lecture presented at the Web Applications Engineering course in the Information Technology Department of the College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Apr 2008        Dyslexia and Web Interaction: Examining Visual Attention on Web Navigation Structures with Eye tracking. Lecture presented in the School of Computing, Mathematical and Information Sciences, University of Brighton. Brighton, UK.

Nov 2007       Web Design for Dyslexics. Invited talk presented in the Dyslexia and Entrepreneurship Conference in association with the British Dyslexia Association, City University London, CASS Business School, London, UK.

Mar 2007        Designing for Dyslexics: Challenges and Opportunities. Invited lecture at the Inclusive Design module, City University London, Human-Centered Systems MSc Program, School of Informatics. London, UK.


Academic Service

2012–2013       Program Board Member: Online Communities and Social Computing in the 15th Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) International Conference; USA, July 2013.

2012–2013       Steering Committee Member, The Second International Conference on Electronics, Communication, and Photonics (SIECPC 2013) |  King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST); Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Apr 27-30, 2013.

2011–2013       Technical Program Committee Member, International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology; Committees in ICCGI 2011| ICCGI 2012 | ICCGI 2013.

2011–2013       Technical Program Committee Member, Zayed University's Annual Conference on Undergraduate Research on Applied Computing, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Committees in URC2011 | URC2012 | URC2013

2012–present       Scientific Review Committee (SRC) Member in the National Olympiad for Scientific Innovation (Ibdaa |الأولمبياد الوطني للإبداع ) | King Abdulaziz Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba). Reviewing, Training, Advising, and Mentoring students for Intel ISEF.

2012–2013       Reviewer: ACM's CHI2013; Paris, France  | KACST's  SIECPC 2013; Riyadh, KSA |  KSU's 4th Annual Student Scientific Symposium  |  Computers in Human Behaviour Journal.

2012–2013       Mentor in KSU's Mentoring Program in KSU's Office of Education and Academic Affairs.

2013                     Coordinator, IBM Initiative for Women in Research | Pilot Program of the IBM Academic Initiative for Women in Computing in Saudi Arabia; launched in KSU, March 2013.

2011                     Reviewer: IEEE Multidisciplinary Engineering Education Magazine | The International Conference on Digital Enterprise and Information Systems (DEIS2011), London, UK.

2010- Present    Coordinator: Software and Knowledge Engineering Research Group |

2010                     Reviewer, International Congress on Computer Applications and Computational Sciences CACS 2010 | The 14th World Multi-Conference on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics WMSCI 2010.

2006-2008        PhD Student Representative, Research Degrees Committee. School of Informatics, City University London, UK.

2006                     Reviewer, Human Computer Interaction Research in Web Design & Evaluation, P. Zaphiris & S. Kurniawan, Editors.  Idea Group Inc, Publishers.

2003-2004        Faculty Advisor, Information Technology in Education (ITeD) Student Association. Prince Sultan University, College of Computer and Information Sciences.


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