Nina Sakhnini

CS Ph.D. student, University of Illinois at Chicago
UI Engineer, Caterpillar

nsakhn2 [AT] uic.edu

Bio

My research interest is in Human-Computer Interaction. I work on designing and creating tools for older adults to improve their technology experience. I am also exploring designing to promote behavioral change.

Currently, I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My work is under the supervision and direction of Professor Debaleena Chattopadhyay at the UIC Human-Computer Interaction Lab (UIC HCI Lab) and the Electronic Visualization Lab (EVL). I got my Masters from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2019. My Masters research explored practices and needs for personal pollution monitoring. Before that, I got my B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Recently, I joined Caterpillar as a UI engineer to work on the re-design of improved and more user-friendly engineering software.

Research

Most recent publications on Google Scholar.

A Review of Smartphone Fact-Checking Apps and their (Non) Use Among Older Adults

Sakhnini, N. & Chattopadhyay, D.

In Adjunct Publication of the 24th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI 22 Adjunct), 2022.

Personal Air Pollution Monitoring Technologies: User Practices and Preferences

Sakhnini, N., Yu, J. E., Jones, R. M., & Chattopadhyay, D.

International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Springer, Cham. 2022.

Towards Self-Tracking Personal Pollution Exposure using Wearables

Sakhnini, N.

Master's Thesis, University of Illinois at Chicago. 2019.

myCityMeter: Helping Older Adults Manage the Environmental Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment

Sakhnini, N., Yu, J. E., & Chattopadhyay, D.

UbiComp Adjunct. 2018.

Visual (mis)information for older adults

Sakhnini, N.

Part of the Computer Science Ph.D. Qualifier Examination. 2021.

myCityMeter: Self-Tracking Personal Pollution Exposure using Wearables

Sakhnini, N. & Chattopadhyay, D.

CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop. 2019.

myCityMeter Wearable: Measuring the Environmental Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

Sakhnini, N.

Ubicomp 2018 Broadening Participation Workshop. 2018.

myCityMeter: Helping Older Adults Manage the Environmental Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment

Sakhnini, N.

2018 Chicago Biomedical Informatics Jam, Chicago, IL. 2018.

Walking the talk: Generating memory cues to help people with dementia in everyday conversations

Sakhnini, N. & Chattopadhyay, D.

Role/Play: Collaborative Creativity and Creative Collaborations Student Fellows Symposium. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D. C., USA. 2018

Projects

People's perception of different stylometric features of misinformation social media posts
Designing Fact-Checking tools
Does a Social Robot help Older Adults learn using Mobile Applications?
Human Gait Visualization
D3 Visualization: Gun Violence Victims
User Preferences in Personal Pollution Monitoring Technologies
Trip Route Air Quality Visualizer
Human Interference with personal pollution monitoring wearables
Designing low-cost personal pollution exposure tracker
Conversation aid for people with Dementia

Vitæ

Resume in PDF.

Full CV in PDF.

  • Caterpillar 2022 - now
    Software Engineer
    UI Design and Engineering
  • University of Illinois at Chicago 2019 - 2021
    Teaching Assistant
    Undergraduate CS Courses
    Multiple Semesters
  • University of Illinois at Chicago Summer 2021
    Instructor
    Undergraduate CS Course on Computer Design
  • University of Illinois at Chicago Fall 2019
    Research Assistant
    UIC HCI Lab
  • University of Illinois at Chicago 2019 - now
    Ph.D. Student
    UIC HCI Lab
  • University of Illinois at Chicago 2017 - 2019
    Teaching Assistant
    Undergraduate and Graduate CS Courses
    Multiple Semesters
  • University of Illinois at Chicago 2016 - 2019
    M.Sc. Student
    Computer Science
    Thesis track, HCI focus
  • Texas Tech University Summer 2015
    Research Intern
    NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
  • Jordan University of Science & Tech. 2011 – 2016
    B.Sc. Student
    Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering
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