Hello, I'm Houda El mimouni

CI Fellow
Department of Informatics 
Indiana University Bloomington

I am a Computing Innovation Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. I am a member of the R-House Laboratory for Human-Robot Interaction research.

My research lies in the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer-Mediated Communication. Much of my work utilizes a social science lens to study internet technologies, including communication and collaboration technologies. My research goals are: (1) to understand these technologies’ use in different social and cultural contexts; (2) to study how culture and gender influence such use and (3) to evaluate how the design of such technologies aligns with social values, such as privacy, and suggest design implications and guidelines. Some of the broad topics that I currently study are: Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Strategies, Mobile Robotic Telepresence in the classroom, and Wikipedia use.

I earned my PhD at Drexel University, where I was advised by Andrea Forte. I also I have a Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute in New York City, a BS degree from the Ecole des Science de l’Information in Morocco; together with a BA in Language and Pedagogy and a BA in Linguistics

I am a CI Fellow (’21), a Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Awardee (’20), a Phoebe W. Haas Endowed Fellow (’17) and a Fulbright Fellow Fulbright Fellow (’11).

Research areas: Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience (HCI/ UX), Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), Social Computing, Privacy,


Some of the projects I worked on (in varying degrees of completion)

Robotic Telepresence

Use of telepresence robots in the classroom
I study the use of TPR in the classroom and their adherence to Value-Sensitive Design

In progress

Computational Making

Teaching Kids computational thinking and making
Computational making provides better ways to attract a diverse range of students to computing fields

Top 1%, Ubicomp 2015

Robotic Telepresence

A prototype for the Arabic Collections Online
Designed a prototype for ACO, a digital library of public domain Arabic language content

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A/B Testing for EDS

EBSCO Discovery Service: a Research Study for NYU Libraries
Guerrilla testing was used to compare two interfaces, measure their usability and select the friendlier


Website Redesign

School of Information Science Website Redesign
Conducted a competitive analysis and a user study, created personas, sketches, wireframes and a prototype


Usability Testing

Books & More tab at at NYU Library website
Worked with a team on conducting a usability testing of the Books & More tab at New York University library website



Teaching is my passion. I enjoy taking part of the knowledge discovery process, inspire and be inspired by my students as they learn about their potential and make their own way forward.

In the past, I taught French and English as a second language in language centers.

Since Fall 2017, I have been teaching INFO 608 Human Computer Interaction at Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics.
This graduate course focuses on the physiological, psychological and engineering basis of design and evaluation of human-computer interfaces covering such topics as; theoretical foundation of HCI; cognitive modeling of user interactions; task analysis techniques for gathering design information; iterative design cycles; formative and summative usability testing; and project planning and report writing.

Select Publications

For a full list, please see my resume

Book Chapter

UX work in Libraries: How (and Why) to Do It
El mimouni, H., Anderson, J., Templeman-Kluit, N., A., & Dolan-Mescal, A. | In Costello, L., Powers, M., (Eds.), Developing In-House Digital Tools in Library Spaces | PDF

Journal Papers

In Transition: Academic e-Book Reading in an Institution Without e-Books
Lopatovska, I., Slater, A., Bronner, C., El mimouni, H., Lange, L., & Ludas Orlofsky, V. | Library Review, 63(4/5), 261-275. / 2014 | PDF

Refereed Full Papers

 Against Marrying a Stranger: Marital Matchmaking Technologies in Saudi Arabia
Al Dawood, A., Abokhodair, N., El mimouni, H., Yarosh, S. | ACM DIS 2017 | PDF
Best Paper Award (Top 1%)

Does Technology Have Race?
Hankerson, D., Marshall, A. R., Booker, J., El mimouni, H., Walker, I., & Rode, J. A. | ACM CHI 2016 | PDF

 From Computational Thinking to Computational Making
Rode, J.A., Weibert, A., Marshall, A., Aal K., von Rekowski, T., El mimouni, H., and J. Booker. | ACM Ubicomp 2015 | PDF
Best Paper Award (Top 1%)

Short Papers

Computational Making Experience
El mimouni, H., Rode, J. | iConference 2016 | PDF

Computational Making: What Does this Theory Mean for SIGCSE?
Rode, J., A., Marshall, A.,El mimouni, H., J. Booker. | ACM SIGCSE 2016

Culture and Information Architecture: A Study of American and Arab Academic Websites
El mimouni, H., MacDonald, C. M. | ASIS&T 2015 | PDF

Transliteration and Retrieval Issues: Case of Arabic Language in Social Media
El mimouni, H., Park, J.R. | IFLA 2015 | PDF


From Computational Thinking to Computational Making: A Demo
Rode, J.A., Weibert, A., Marshall, A., Aal K., von Rekowski, T., El mimouni, H., J. Booker. | ACM Ubicomp 2015