(To read the position papers submitted to Interaction Design & Autistic Children workshop, please go here!)

LouAnne Boyd is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Irvine in the department of Informatics. Her current work includes designing, developing, and deploying innovative technologies to support face to face interactions for individuals with autism. Her work targets the nonverbal communication exchange between conversation partners.

Position paper: Virtually Social: Understanding and Supporting Reciprocal Social Interactions in Virtual Worlds and Virtual Reality

Émeline Brulé is a PhD student at Télécom ParisTech, University Paris-Saclay. Their research articulates design studies, HCI and sociology. They investigate how inclusion, as an educational paradigm, impacts caregiving practices, and the design of instructional technologies.

Position paper: Social Class, School and Visual Impairments: Reflections from the field

Denner J 170302_003-edit-sq-smJill Denner, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at Education, Training, and Research (ETR), a non-profit organization in California. She developed and leads the “Equity and Inclusion in STEM” topic area at ETR, which she established with her first project in 2002. Her applied research and evaluation focuses on increasing equity and inclusion in computing and other STEM fields, and has looked at parent-child relationships, pair programming, gender-equitable practices, math self- concept, computational thinking, and game programming. As part of a long-standing commitment to bridge research and practice, Dr. Denner’s research is designed and conducted in collaboration with university and college faculty and statisticians, schools, and community-based organizations. She has been principal or co- principal investigator on 19 federal grants, written numerous peer-reviewed articles, and edited two books.

Position paper: Equity and Inclusion in Research with a Community Technology Center for Latino/a Youth

Briana_640Briana (Pressey) Ellerbe is a doctoral student at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and formerly Research Manager at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. She hopes to contribute to research around children and communities of color, and to create media for children that serve as potential tools for education and equity.

Position paper: Kids’ Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP): A Grassroots Coalition to Promote Quality Inclusive Media for All Children

Eva_small-150x150Eva Eriksson is a senior lecturer in Interaction design at Aarhus University and Chalmers University of Technology. She and her position paper co-authors Wolmet Barendregt, Peter Börjesson, and Olof Torgersson, belong to IDAC – Gothenburg working group on Interaction Design and children ( The specific project mentioned in their text is Touch AT! – Designing interactive assistive touch based technologies for children with intellectual disabilities (ID) (, funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation grant 2013.0063.


MillsJ. Elizabeth Mills is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington Information School, studying how culture and diversity can influence and enhance the design process of library programs for young children. Mills worked previously as a children’s book editor at Scholastic Inc. and Cranium Inc., and she is a published author. Visit to learn more. Mills is the social media manager for KIDMAP.

Position paper 1: To design inclusive storytimes: An exploration of reflection in the work of children’s librarians
Position paper 2: Kids’ Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP): A Grassroots Coalition to Promote Quality Inclusive Media for All Children

vnewhart profileVeronica Ahumada Newhart is a doctoral candidate and Public Impact Distinguished Fellow at the University of California (UC) Irvine’s School of Education. Her research interests include telepresence, education, human-computer interaction, child health and development, and child use of technology in schools and hospitals. She is the co-principal investigator on an NIH biomedical informatics pilot grant to explore the effects of virtual inclusion via telepresence robots on the health and well-being of children who are homebound due to medical conditions. She is conducting a national study on the use of these robots and the necessary collaborations between families, educators, lawmakers, and healthcare teams for this project. She recently received the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship and is currently working on her dissertation exploring the use of interactive technologies for virtual academic and social inclusion of homebound children.

Position paper:  Go Home and Get Better: An Exploration of Inequitable Educational Services for Homebound Children

Kenneth Nimley is a doctoral student in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University, who works on increasing community collaboration around education and empowering underrepresented youth. He is a research assistant in the Empathic Design and Technology Research Group, where he focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion in education through technological innovation. His research combines computer science, information science, user experience design and psychology. Mr. Nimley received his BS in Computer Science from Rhode Island College and his MS in Computer Science from Boston University. He also served as a founding administrator of a K-12 charter school in Providence, RI for 15 years. His experiences on the front lines of addressing the needs of underserved youth inspired his doctoral work. He recently interned with the Office for Innovation at ACT, Inc., the nonprofit organization focused on college readiness, where he focused on increasing parent interaction with educational resources.

Position paper: How Can Participatory Design Help Young Women of Color Navigate Their Identities?

salib-5679Gabrielle Salib is currently a senior undergraduate student studying Human-Centered Computing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Hurst in the Prototyping and Design Lab. Gabrielle’s main interests and work have involved investigating practices of inclusivity in inner city, youth-oriented and University Makerspaces. She hopes to better understand the core problems surrounding children and marginalized populations’ use of creative and educational technology and equitable access to all by designing and developing technology alongside the respective populations to best suit their needs. She will continue her work as a doctoral student in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University in the Fall as a research assistant in the Empathic Design and Technology Research Group under the mentorship of Dr. Gabriela Marcu.

Position paper: Investigating Practices of Inclusivity in a Youth Oriented Makerspace

Abigale Stangl is a PhD student and research assistant in the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is an interdisciplinary design researcher studying how people design assistive technologies, accessible media, and meaningful learning experiences for people with visual impairments. She holds a Masters of Science in Information Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) from the ATLAS Institute at CU-Boulder, a graduate diploma in Landscape Studies from Lincoln University, and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from CU-Boulder. She has engaged in a series of environmental justice focused design projects, and is a founding director of the Visionaria Peru program, and consultant for the Visionaria Network– an initiative creating learning and leadership opportunities that enable young women to be social innovators in their own lives and communities. Her advisor is Tom Yeh, assistant professor of computer science at CU-Boulder.

Position paper: Re-imagining Access Through Making Critical Media and Information Literacy Practices

Greg Walsh is an assistant professor at the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He has been working on getting more voices in the design process since 2008 by developing a number of techniques and technologies to support distributed and inclusive co-design. He won a Google Faculty Research award for his work in this area.

Position paper: Fly Away: Co-Design and Baltimore’s Black Butterfly

Wisniewski_Headshot2015Dr. Pamela Wisniewski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida and Director of the Socio-Technical Interaction Research (STIR) Lab at UCF. Her research expertise lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Media, and Privacy. Her goal is to help people meaningfully engage with one another online, and to do so safely.

Position paper: For Those Who Need It Most: Helping “At-Risk” Youth Manage Online Risks

Lucia-Villacres-PhotoMarisol Wong-Villacres is a PhD student at Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, and an Associate Professor at the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, in Ecuador. Her research interests lie in the intersection of the design of technologies for social development and educational technology. She is currently investigating the information practices of low-income Latino immigrant parents in the United States for inform the design of technologies for effectively supporting those parents’ engagement in their children’s academic experience.

Position paper: ICT for an Inclusive Ecology of Parental Engagement: An Asset-based Approach

worsley-marceloMarcelo Aaron Bonilla Worsley is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California, and completed his PhD at Stanford University. His research employs multimodal interfaces and multimodal analysis to study and support learning. It also involves introducing teachers, students and parents to novel technologies that they can use to address real-world, local problems.

Position paper: Inclusive Making