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 is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert and Kaye Hiatt Fund for Research in Media, Technology and Society.

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.

A recent version of my CV is located here (PDF).

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Selected Publications

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).

Lazar, A., Thompson, H.J., Piper, A.M., and Demiris, G. (2016). Rethinking the Design of Robotic Pets for Older Adults. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2016).

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.

Brewer, R., Morris, M.R., and Piper, A.M. "Why would anybody do this?" Older Adults' Understanding of and Experiences with Crowd Work. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2016.

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.

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.

Piper, A.M., Weibel, N., and Hollan, J. TAP & PLAY: An End-User Toolkit for Authoring Interactive Pen and Paper Language Activities. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2012.