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Katya Borgos-Rodriguez

Technology and Social Behavior Ph.D. Candidate Northwestern University



October 2021: Participated in doctoral consortium at CSCW 2021!

October 2021: Presented paper on accessible audio-enhanced weaving loom and attended doctoral consortium at ASSETS 2021!

June 2021: Successfully defended my dissertation proposal!

March 2021: Paper on the design and exploration of an accessible audio-enhanced weaving loom was published in the journal TACCESS!

April 2020: Paper on understanding accessible making among weavers with vision impairments was accepted to CHI 2020 and receved a Best Paper Honorable Mention!

November 2019: Attended CSCW 2019 for the first time to present our work on parents of children with developmental disabilities on YouTube!

July 2019: Paper on parents of children with developmental disabilities on YouTube was accepted to CSCW 2019.

March 2019: Paper on parent-child collaborative learning through haptic feedback displays was accepted to IDC 2019.

December 2018: Paper on engaging low-income African-American older adults in health discussions was accepted to CHI 2019.

March 2018: Excited to have been invited to participate in CHIMe this year! Looking forward to attending CHI for the first time next month.

September 2017: Moved from Mayaguez, PR to Evanston, IL to pursue my PhD at Northwestern University!

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Technology and Social Behavior, a joint program in computer science and communication studies at Northwestern University. I am advised by Prof. Anne Marie Piper. Broadly, my research interests include understanding online social interactions and designing accessible technologies that support learning and creative work.

Using a qualitative approach, my main line of research focuses on understanding the experiences and technology use practices of disabled content creators, such as YouTubers, fiber artists, graphic designers and more. I seek to use this knowledge to inform the design of new tools that support their needs and personal goals.

Before joining the Ph.D. program at Northwestern University, I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, PR, where I obtained a B.S. in Computer Engineering with a specialty in Computing Systems. As an undergraduate, I took on a leadership role in my institution’s IEEE Women in Engineering affinity group, where I helped organize and run workshops with the goal of encouraging Hispanic/Latinx middle and high school students to consider studying engineering.