About Me

samiai Hi! I am Samia Ibtasam (maiden name: Samia Razaq). I am a first year Ph.D. student in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department at the University of Washington, Seattle. I am advised by Richard Anderson.

Previously, I worked as the founding co-director of Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (IPAL) at Information Technology University, Pakistan where I taught courses like DLab : Global Development, Human Centered Design thinking, and Technology for Global Development.

I have been working in the research of the use of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) since 2010. I started my work with speech interfaces for low-literate users. I worked with Umar Saif, Roni Rosenfeld and his student Agha Ali Raza at CMU. For the last four years, I had worked in designing solutions for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) including information systems, diagnosis applications, redesigning immunization cards and creating digital health records.

For the last four years, I had worked in designing solutions for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) including information systems, diagnosis applications etc. I also worked with Government of Punjab, Pakistan to redesign the Immunization card and creating digital health records for the province of Punjab.

Currently, am working in using findings from my previous work in Human Computer Interaction and trying to work with user training, financial technologies for low literate communities to expand the financial inclusion.

I am the Acumen Fund Regional Fellow for 2015 and sometimes tweet at @SamiaRazaq