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Amna Batool


I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information, mentored by Prof. Kentaro Toyama. Specializing in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), my research focuses on advancing online privacy and security for women. My dissertation explores the cultural impacts of non-consensual image-based disclosure abuse (NCIDA) in South Asian contexts, employing feminist, cultural, and intersectionality theories. In collaboration with social media companies, law enforcement, and civil society organizations, I am working to develop technologies that empower women to combat abusive dynamics. 

Alongside my doctoral research, I have gained AI expertise by working with Google's Responsible AI team, to enhance the integration practices of their interpretability tools and improved workflow efficiencies. Additionally, I have explored the social integration of refugees in the United States, analyzing how technology affects their economic, socio-cultural, and psychological adaptation and influences shifting gender roles in their new communities. 

Prior to my Ph.D., I lectured at Information Technology University (ITU) in Pakistan, where I also completed my Master’s in Computer Science. I led initiatives funded by the Gates and Melinda Foundation, Google, and DFID, aimed at addressing women’s privacy on social media, maternal and child health issues, and the development of healthcare technologies. Additionally, I consulted for the provincial government, spearheading the digital transformation of their vaccination system over a three-year period.




Areas of interest

Human Computer Interaction, Online Trust and Safety, Online Abuse Prevention, Technology Facilitated Gender Based Abuse, Responsible AI, Health and Technology, Sociotechnical Adaptation

Honors & Awards

Student Volunteer @ CHI 2024 
Global Islamic Studies Center (GISC) Student Fellowship 2023 
Fulbright Scholarship 2019 
CHI Best Paper Award 2019 
SOUPS Best Paper Award 2018 
STEM Role Model Nominee 2018 
Australian Award Fellowship 2017 
United Nations Peace Technology Initiative Fellowship 2017 
IDDS India Fellowship 2015 
Gold Medal 2015 
Gold Medal and Roll of Honor 2011


Ph.D. in Information, Sept. 2019 - Present 
School of Information, University of Michigan (UMSI), Ann Arbor, MI 
Advisors: Kentaro Toyama, Mustafa Naseem 
GPA: 3.9/4 

Masters in Computer Science, Sept. 2012 - Aug. 2014 
Information Technology University (ITU), Punjab, Pakistan 
Advisors: Samia Ibtisam, Kentaro Toyama 
GPA: 3.89/4 

Bachelor in Electrical Engineering, Sept. 2006 - Aug. 2010 
Government College University (GCU), Lahore, Pakistan 
GPA: 3.51/4

News about Amna Batool

UMSI @ CHI 2024. Surfing the World. 11-16 May 2024. Honolulu, Hawaii.
UMSI at CHI 2024: Research, workshops, courses

UMSI research and workshops for the 2024 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

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UMSI Research Roundup: 2023 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)
UMSI at CSCW 2023: Awards, Workshops and Papers

Check out UMSI papers, workshops and awards for the 2023 CSCW conference (Oct. 14-18).

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