I am a President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Human Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. My research focuses on Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), and Ubiquitous Computing. I am specifically interested in investigating the role of sensor-based technologies in resource constrained households. I conduct design-oriented studies in Kenya and Malawi where I collaborate with local technicians and families to design, develop and deploy sensor-based technologies.
Before joining CMU, I completed a Ph.D in Information and Media at Michigan State University under the supervision of Dr. Susan Wyche. I also received my master's degree in Media and Information—specializing in Human Computer Interaction—from Michigan State University. I pursued an undergraduate degree with a double major in computer science and physics at the University of Malawi.
I am a recipient of the 2021 Google Ph.D Fellowship in Human Computer Interaction. I was a fellow in the Data Science for Social Good program; a program affiliated with the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. I used my expertise in machine learning, natural language processing and deep learning to contribute to a project on identifying disinformation in online news articles. I have also participated in the Global Innovation Exchange (University of Washington and Tsinghua University) where I practiced a variety of human-centered design methods to develop novel sensing techniques, user-friendly interfaces, and cutting-edge computer technologies.