Hello and welcome to my personal website!
I am an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in interaction design (IxD), co-design methods, and assistive technologies. Utilizing participatory approaches to design and community-engaged practices, I closely collaborate with non-design experts, such as people with disabilities and occupational therapists, to co-design technological interventions specifically aimed at enhancing the health and living conditions of individuals with disabilities or health issues. My research group has actively engaged in the collaborative design of interventions, involving diverse populations such as older adults living with cognitive and physical impairments, dementia caregivers, and children with dyslexia, among others.
I am currently an assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Industrial Design. Before joining Georgia Tech, I served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, where I developed, co-taught, and evaluated graduate-level courses for Designing for People (DFP), an innovative cross-disciplinary graduate training and research program focusing on human-centered interactive computational technologies. I hold a Ph.D. in Interaction Design from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University, where I worked in the Everyday Design Studio under the supervision of Professors Ron Wakkary and Carman Neustaedter. Prior to that, I studied Product and Service System Design at Polytechnic University of Milan.
Please feel free to email me at leila.aflatoony [at] gatech.edu