Hi! My name is Salma (سلمى). I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland studying Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information. My research interests pertain to the augmentation and diversification of design and creativity through novel configurations, methods, and creativity support tools (CSTs). I am advised by Dr. Joel Chan and Dr. Beth Bonsignore and am a research assistant on the NSF-funded CareersInPlay project helping to develop a multiplayer Playable Case Study (PCS) for collaboration and STEM learning.
This summer, I am incredibly fortunate to be working as a UX Research Intern on the Design Team for ArcGIS Hub at Esri R&D. Prior, I worked as a research intern at Carnegie Mellon's HCI Institute, Korea's first media arts museum Art Center Nabi, and the global think tank AidData. I graduated Phi Beta Kappa from William & Mary as a W&M Scholar, where I double majored in Business Analytics Data Science and Global Studies (with a concentration in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies), having additionally taken coursework in Computer Science and Innovation & Design.
➼ Select Research:
Conference Publications (Refereed):
 Salma Elsayed-Ali, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Hernisa Kacorri, and Mega Subramaniam. 2020. Designing for Children’s Values: Conceptualizing Value-Sensitive Technologies with Children. In Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC 2020), June 21–24, 2020. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6 pages. [ACM].
 Amy Cook, Jessica Hammer, Salma Elsayed-Ali, and Steven P. Dow. 2019. How Guiding Questions Facilitate Feedback Exchange in Project-Based Learning. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 12 pages. [ACM].
Poster Presentations (Non-Refereed):
 Salma Elsayed-Ali. “Designing and Localizing Arabic User Interfaces.”
[Presented at the AMES-APIA Senior Capstone
April 2019, The College of William & Mary]
 Salma Elsayed-Ali. “Assessing the Value of Guiding Questions in the Peer Feedback Exchange Process.” [Presented at the HCII REU 2018 Poster Session, August 2018, Carnegie Mellon University]
 Salma Elsayed-Ali. “Analyzing the Relationship Between Emoticon & Emoji Selection Behavior and Emotions of a Message Sender Across Cultures.” [Presented at the Cross-Cultural Psychology Poster Session, April 2018, The College of William & Mary]
|Jun, 2020:||Presented WiP (virtually) at IDC2020 and attended World's Most Inclusive PD Project Workshop|
|Jun, 2020:||Working as a UX Research Intern with the ArcGIS Hub Design Team at Esri R&D|
|May, 2020:||Presented and passed the Ph.D. Program First-Year Review|
|Apr, 2020:||First-author Work-In-Progress was accepted to IDC2020|
|Dec, 2019:||Designed & built this website using Bootstrap 4 and HTML5/CSS3. Have theme ideas or suggestions? Let me know|
|Aug, 2019:||Began PhD program at UMD’s iSchool and HCIL|
|Jul, 2019:||Served as an SV for various VR programs at SIGGRAPH 2019|
|Jun, 2019:||Attended ISEA 2019 with Art Center Nabi in Gwangju|
|Jun, 2019:||Researching the Future of Work at Art Center Nabi as a Global Research Fellow|
|May, 2019:||Graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary|
|Apr, 2019:||Attended the HCIL Symposium at UMD|
|Mar, 2019:||Reviewed submissions for the GHC19 Interactive Media track committee|
|Jan, 2019:||Became involved with a voluntary SIGCHI Inclusion team for race & ethnicity|
|Dec, 2018:||Co-authored paper was accepted to CHI 2019 (Acceptance rate: 23.8%)|
|Aug, 2018:||Concluded a fulfilling summer at CMU's HCII as an NSF-sponsored REU participant|
Say, "If the sea were ink for [writing] the words of my Lord, the sea would be exhausted before the words of my Lord were exhausted, even if We brought the like of it as a supplement." [Al-Kahf 18:109]