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Alex Ahmed

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Hi, I'm Alex (she/her/hers). I'm a socially-conscious user experience researcher trained in human-centered design. Proven experience in bringing ideas from initial conception to implementation and dissemination. Sensitive and thoughtful in the application of qualitative methods, including interviews, user testing, and surveys. Refined aesthetic eye for static and interactive layouts, with experience in Adobe inDesign and XD. Software development experience in Android, NativeScript, and Vue.js, and data analysis and visualization experience in Tableau, R, MATLAB, and d3.js. Extensive experience working on open source software teams, and on collaborative and individual projects leading to multiple peer-reviewed research publications.

Project Spectra: Cross-platform app for transgender voice training.
Visualizing Stop-and-Frisk in Boston: Made with Patrick O'Donnel, using d3 and publicly available datasets, in collaboration with ACLU of Massachusetts.

Selected Publications (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Ahmed, A. A. Bridging Social Critique and Design. Doctoral Consortium, CHI 2019
  • Ahmed, A. A. & Hoffman, A. L. Configuring the Trans Voice: Gender, Race, and Class in Mobile Voice Training Applications for Transgender People. Association of Internet Researchers, 2018.
  • Ahmed, A. A, Almeida, T., Choi, J. O., Pincus, J., Ireland, K. What’s at Issue: Sex, Stigma, and Politics in ACM Publishing. CHI, 2018.
  • Ahmed, A. A. 2018. Trans Competent Interaction Design: A Qualitative Study on Voice, Identity, and Technology. Interacting with Computers.
  • Ahmed, A.A., Goodwin, M.S. Automated Detection of Facial Expressions during Computer-Assisted Instruction in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum. CHI, 2017.
  • Sikka, K., Ahmed, A. A., Diaz, D., Goodwin, M. S., Craig, K. D., Bartlett, M. S., & Huang, J. S. (2015). Automated Assessment of Children’s Postoperative Pain Using Computer Vision. Pediatrics.
  • For PDF copies and a full list of publications, please see my ResearchGate profile.

    Workshop Participation

  • Engaging in Race in HCI, CHI 2020 (Workshop co-organizer)
  • Queer in HCI, CHI 2020 (SIG co-organizer)
  • Queer(ing) HCI, CHI 2019 (SIG co-organizer)
  • Feminist HCI: Taking Stock, Moving Forward, and Engaging Community, CHI 2018 (Workshop participant and Co-organizer)
  • Design for Sexual Wellbeing in HCI, CHI 2018 (Participant and Co-organizer)
  • Hacking Women's Health, CHI 2017 (Participant)
  • Other Writing