I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Digital Media at Georgia Tech, working with Dr. Yanni Loukissas and Dr. Richmond Wong, on issues of ethics and social justice in emerging technologies. I am also a researcher at metaLAB (at) Harvard working with Sarah Newman. My research interests center around a field called “Public Interest Technologies” and Civic Technologies. In my research, I focus on how technologies perpetuate epistemic injustices in urban communities and how to build technologies to account for credibility differentials among social groups. I am specially interested in understanding how to marginalized communities in cities can leverage emerging tech for self-governance. My work interesects with design, philosophy, computer science and public policy.
I recently spent a summer at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center with Institue for Rebooting Social Media researching integeration of LLMs within social media. I was previously a Fulbright Scholar at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where I explored the implications of Artificial Intelligence on architectural practice and design. I worked with Dr. Yun Kyu Yi on the design of AI powered tools for architectural work flows. I also worked with Dr. Anita Chan to better understand the ethics and politics of surveillance technologies in urban contexts in the Global South. During my undergradute at Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan, I focused on using architecture to design sustainable social systems in urban contexts. I have worked with Ar. Moyena Niazi and Ar. Arif Hasasn to research and design low-cost housing solutions for the underprivileged. I also worked with Ar. Zohaib Zuby to create and teach a curriculum focused on critical thinking and mindfulness for middle-schoolers in Karachi. My undergraduate project was awarded a Founders’ Award and a national award for “Socially Responsible Architecture”. I was also part of the team for “Wallah House” which recognized by the International Union of Architects as “Highly Commended” in their adequate, safe and affordable housing category.
My work has been presenented at various venues and conferences including the ACM CHI, ACM DIS, Society for Social Studies of Science, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center, Columbia GSAPP, UET Lahore among others.
In my free time, I enjoy being a hobbyist musician and a coffee aficionado!
⊠ RECENT UPDATES:
- 10/23: Awarded best paper at PIT-UN annual convening 2023
- 09/23: Gave a talk on “Architectural Futures: Thinking about Design, Cities and Architecture” at UET Lahore, School of Architecture
- 08/23: Graduated from NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program
- 07/23: Participated in DIS workshop on Designing for Resilience and Wellbeing
- 06/23: Joined the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University
- 05/23: Successfully passed my PhD qualifier exams!
- 05/23: Gave a talk at the Atlanta Air Quality Symposium at Georgia Tech
- 04/23: Participated in ACM CHI Workshop on “Design X Policy”