Novia Nurain

University of Michigan

Lecture Information

CASE 241
2024-03-15 12:00:00


As the world population progressively ages, technology plays a crucial role in managing healthcare, well-being, and support to promote Quality of Life (QOL) and successful aging. Despite these efforts, aging is still framed as a problem to be managed by technology. Drawing on the discourse on the concerns about the current treatment of the aging population in HCI, in this talk, I discuss my research on older adults' resilient nature in terms of their psychosocial responses, lived experiences, and social support in times of a particular crisis: the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, I discuss the design and use of translational design tools to uncover opportunities for socio-technical systems to foster older adults' capabilities toward building a more resilient society. I conclude with my future research agenda, which outlines research and design of technology for older adults while shifting the societal portrayal of older adults as care receivers and recognizing them as contributors to their family, friends, and community as resources.


Dr. Novia Nurain is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, where she is a member of the Creating Accessible and Livable Futures (CALF) Lab and Accessibility, HCI, and Aging (AHA) Lab. She completed her Ph.D. and Master's Degrees in Informatics at Indiana University. She earned a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Novia does research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the intersection of aging, health, and equity. Her research goal is to better support the design of socio-technical systems that promote a holistic understanding of health (i.e., physical, mental, and social well-being) while exploring older adults' strengths and assets rather than relying solely upon their deficits. Her work has been published in top HCI/CSCW conferences and journals and has won awards at ACM venues, like CSCW and DIS.