I am an Assistant Professor in the departments of Communication Studies, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (by courtesy), and Communication Sciences and Disorders (by courtesy) at Northwestern University. My research in Human-Computer Interaction focuses on natural user interfaces to support communication, social interaction, and learning for people across the lifespan. I direct the Inclusive Technology Lab, and much of our work focuses on building and studying new technologies for individuals with disabilities and older adults. My research and teaching has been recognized with an NSF CAREER Award, Alumnae of Northwestern Award for Curriculum Development, Best Paper Awards and Nominations at ACM CHI, CSCW, DIS, and ASSETS, and a UC-San Diego Interdisciplinary Scholar Award. I received my PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego, MA in Education from Stanford University, and BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. My research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the Robert and Kaye Hiatt Fund for Research in Media, Technology and Society, and the Delaney Fund.

Select Publications

Brewer, R., and Piper, A.M. (2018). xPress: Rethinking Design for Aging and Accessibility through an IVR Blogging System. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2018), Online First.

Lazar, A., Edasis, C., Piper, A.M. (2017). A Critical Lens on Dementia and Design in HCI. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). Best Paper Award

Lazar, A., Edasis, C., Piper, A.M. (2017). Supporting People with Dementia in Digital Social Sharing. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017). Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Feuston, J., and Piper, A.M. (2017). The Social Lives of Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017).

Lazar, A., Diaz, M., Brewer, R., Kim, C., and Piper, A.M. (2017). Going Gray, Failure to Hire, and the Ick Factor: Analyzing How Older Bloggers Talk about Ageism. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2017). Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Cingel, D. and Piper, A.M. (2017). How Parents Engage Children in Tablet-Based Reading Experiences: An Exploration of Haptic Feedback. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2017). Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Lazar, A., Cornejo, R., Edasis, C., and Piper, A.M. (2016). Designing for the Third Hand: Empowering Older Adults with Cognitive Impairments through Creating and Sharing. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), 2016. Best Paper Award

Piper, A.M., Cornejo, R., Hurwitz, L., and Unumb, C. Technological Caregiving: Supporting Online Activity for Adults with Cognitive Impairments. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2016. Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Brewer, R., and Piper, A.M. "Tell It Like It Really Is": A Case of Online Content Creation and Sharing Among Older Adult Bloggers. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2016.

Cornejo, R., Brewer, R., Edasis, C., and Piper, A.M. Vulnerability, Sharing, and Privacy: Analyzing Art Therapy among Older Adults with Dementia. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), 2016.

Piper, A.M., Weibel, N., and Hollan, J. Designing Audio-Enhanced Paper Photos for Older Adult Emotional Wellbeing in Communication Therapy. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 2014.

Mullenbach, J., Shultz, C., Colgate, J.E., and Piper, A.M. Exploring Affective Communication Through Variable-Friction Surface Haptics. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2014. Best Paper Honorable Mention Award

Hope, A., Schwaba, T., and Piper, A.M. Understanding Digital and Material Social Communications for Older Adults. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2014.

Piper, A.M., Weibel, N., and Hollan, J. Audio-Enhanced Paper Photos: Encouraging Social Interaction at Age 105. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) 2013.

Recent News

We received a CHI 2017 Best Paper Award for our paper on critical dementia and an Honorable Mention Award for our paper on social sharing for people with dementia!

Check out our CSCW 2017 papers on older adults blogging about ageism and haptic e-books -- both received Honorable Mention Awards.

I gave a keynote at the MexIHC Conference in Colima, Mexico.

Our paper on Designing for the Third Hand received a Best Paper Award at DIS 2016.

Our work on Technological Caregiving received an Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2016.

I received an NSF CAREER Award for research on new technologies for older adults with disabilities.

Prospective Students

I advise graduate students in the Technology and Social Behavior PhD Program, Media, Technology, and Society PhD Program, and Computer Science PhD Program. Prospective graduate students should apply through one of these programs.

I am always looking for outstanding undergraduates to get involved in research, although I recommend that students take a course in Human-Computer Interaction with me or other faculty beforehand.

Teaching

MTS 525: Qualitative Methods for Understanding Technology Use and Design (Spring 2017, 2016)

COMM_ST 294: Freshman Seminar (Fall 2014, 2016)

COMM_ST 398: Assistive Communication Design (Spring 2015)

Contact

ampiper (at) northwestern (dot) edu
Office: (847) 467-4198
Fax: (847) 467-1036

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2240 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208