Pooja Upadhyay

Research in Human Computer Interaction x Information behavior towards improving access for groups facing exclusion from effectively using information systems. 


Case Studies (masters projects)

Screenshot 2020-05-06 at 2.31.42 PM.png

How do screen-reader users use search engines differently from sighted users searching visually 

Systematic observations | Video & Search logs analysis | Qualitative coding | Quantitative patterns | Mental models 

Screenshot 2020-05-06 at 2.31.50 PM.png

Task observations | Contextual interviews | Affinity mapping 

Interviews | Iterative feedback | Observations | Qualitative coding | Design principles | Design toolkit

Apr '21

Aug '20

Mar '20


Jan '20


Dec '19

Jun '19

Apr '19

Jan '19

Our work exploring considerations in the use of learning analytics at a city-wide scale was published in ACM Learning@Scale 2019!

Joined the Technology for Social good lab (TSG) at DePaul University, Advised by Dr. Denise Nacu & Dr. Sheena Erete

Received Gavin Lew fund for student research at DePaul University.

Independent research studying non-visual search behavior when using highly visual search systems was selected as a ACM CHI 2020 late breaking work!

Our work exploring issues of gender equity in afterschool learning was selected as an extended abstract paper for IEEE RESPECT 2020!

Led the analysis of a large-scale survey with learning providers across Chicago to identify resource inequities, gaps in access to learning online when Covid-19 caused school shutdowns.

A collaborative project by City of Chicago, DePaul and Northwestern University.

Working with Dr. Robin Brewer at the University of Michigan, School of Information  to study older adults interactions' with information and communication technology, and voice-based interfaces across 3 projects.  

Research work

Screenshot 2020-07-21 at 6.29.07 AM.png

Task observations | Surveys | Interviews | Qualitative coding | Quantitative patterns | Hypothesis testing | Gaps in user understanding