About Me


I am an Associate Professor in the Human-Centered Computing Department in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). My research is in Human-Computer Interaction, Intelligent User Interface Design, Aging, and Health Informatics. I design, build, and evaluate persuasive and intelligent user interfaces that support aging.  I also examine approaches that encourage and improve older adults’ engagement with technology.

I completed my Postdoctoral Training with Amy Hurst in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on HCI from Clemson University in 2014 under the advisement of Juan E. Gilbert. I received an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a B.S. in Computer Science with an emphasis in Mathematics from Tougaloo College.

My research is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Google. I received an NSF CAREER Award in 2022 and a Google Award for Inclusion in 2020.


Welcome, IN-LSAMP Summer 2023 Students Vanya Hill (Computer  Science – Ivy Tech) and Justine Mukashyaka (Computer  Science – Ivy Tech)!

Welcome, IN-LSAMP Summer 2022 Students Zachary Harris (Computer and Information Science) and Djamel Almabouada (Computer  Science – Ivy Tech)!

Congratulations to Pegah Karimi on the acceptance of a paper entitled “Scribe: Improving Older Adults’ Access to Medical Instructions from Patient-Physician Conversations” to the Web4All Conference 2021.

Congratulations to Pegah Karimi on the acceptance of an abstract entitled “Understanding Barriers to Medical Instruction Access for Older Adults: Implications for AI-Assisted Tools” to the Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitious Computing (UbiComp 2020).

Congratulations to Karen Bonilla, Informatics Undergraduate Student, for receiving a SOUPS 2020 Diversity Grant!

Congratulations to Karen Bonilla, Informatics Undergraduate Student, on the acceptance of her poster abstract entitled “Older Adults’ Perceptions of Intelligent Voice Assistant Privacy, Transparency, and Online Privacy Guidelines” to USENIX Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2020.

Welcome, IN-LSAMP Summer Students Chiko Nwachukwu (Informatics) and Kalista Ballard (Computer  and Information Technology)!

Congratulations to HCI graduate students, Szu Yang and Swaroop John, for placing as a finalist in the ACM CHI Student Game Competition!  They will present their work designing a hybrid game – Team Bingo – in collaboration with one of our lab’s senior partners.

Milka Trajkova and Aqueasha Martin-Hammond. “Alexa is a Toy”: Exploring Older Adults’ Reasons for Using, Limiting, and Abandoning Echo”. In Proceedings of the 2020 annual conferences on Human factors in computing systems (CHI ’20). ACM, New York, NY, USA. Acceptance Rate: 24.31% ( To appear in April 2020)

Congratulations to our undergraduate lab member and alumni, Jamie Sanders, and our collaborators for receiving a Best Poster award at the 2020 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work for our work – A Circle of Friends: Persuasive Tools to Improve Heart Health!

Sanders, Jamie, Tanjala S. Purnell, Jeanne Charleston, Ina Glenn-Smith, and Aqueasha Martin-Hammond. “A Circle of Friends: Persuasive Tools to Improve Heart Health.” In Companion of the 2020 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work, 107–110. GROUP ’20. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1145/3323994.3369885. (Best Poster Award)

Aqueasha Martin-Hammond,  Sravani Vemireddy, and Kartik Rao. “Exploring Older Adults’ Beliefs About the Use of Intelligent Assistants for Consumer Health Information Management: A Participatory Design Study.” JMIR Aging 2, no. 2 (December 11, 2019). https://doi.org/10.2196/15381.

Jamie Sanders and  Aqueasha Martin-Hammond. 2019. Exploring autonomy in the design of an intelligent health assistant for older adults. In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces: Companion (IUI ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 95–96. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3308557.3308713

Aqueasha Martin-Hammond, Sravani Vemireddy, and Kartik Rao. “Engaging Older Adults in the Participatory Design of Intelligent Health Search Tools.” In Proceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, 280–284. PervasiveHealth ’18. New York, NY, USA: ACM, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1145/3240925.3240972.