I am a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science. My advisor is Dr. Leah Findlater. I am part of the Human-Computer-Interaction Lab and the Inclusive Design Lab .

I am interested in exploring, designing, implementing and evaluating accessible interaction techniques for emerging wearable technologies like head-mounted displays (e.g., Google Glass), smartwatches (e.g., Apple Watch 2.0) and health and fitness trackers (e.g., Fitbit) for people with motor impairments.

As formative work, I investigated the potential impacts and accessibility of head-mounted displays like Google Glass and activity trackers like Fitbit One and Moov. As one potential accessible solution, I built and evaluated an alternative input mechanism to control Glass. Currently, I am building and evaluating novel interaction techniques for accessible smartwatch interaction.


Google Scholar Profile


Sharing Automatically Tracked Activity Data: Implications for Therapists and People with Mobility Impairments
Meethu Malu, Leah Findlater
Proceedings of Pervasive Health 2017 | Acceptance Rate: 25% (29/116)
[To Appear]

Toward Accessible Health and Fitness Tracking for People with Mobility Impairments
Meethu Malu, Leah Findlater
Proceedings of Pervasive Health 2016 | Acceptance Rate: 35% (30/86)

Personalized, wearable control of a head-mounted display for users with upper body motor impairments
Meethu Malu, Leah Findlater
Proceedings of CHI 2015 | Acceptance Rate: 23% (486/2120)

Understanding childdefined gestures and children's mental models for touchscreen tabletop interaction
Karen Rust, Meethu Malu, Lisa Anthony, Leah Findlater
Proceedings of IDC 2014 | Acceptance Rate: 31% (18/59)

Interactive and live performance design with children
Karen Rust, Elizabeth Foss, Elizabeth Bonsignore, Brenna McNally, Chelsea Hordatt, Meethu Malu, Bie Mei, Hubert Kofi Gumbs
Proceedings of IDC 2014 | Acceptance Rate: 31% (18/59)

Current and future mobile and wearable device use by people with visual impairments
Hanlu Ye, Meethu Malu, Uran Oh, Leah Findlater
Proceedings of CHI 2014 | Acceptance Rate: 23% (465/2043)


OK Glass? A Preliminary Exploration of Google Glass for Persons with Upper Body Motor Impairments
Meethu Malu, Leah Findlater
Proceedings of ASSETS 2014

Encouraging personal storytelling by example
Meethu Malu, Nikunj Jethi, Dan Cosley
Proceedings of iConference 2012


CHI 2039: speculative research visions
Eric PS Baumer, June Ahn, Mei Bie, Elizabeth M Bonsignore ... Meethu Malu ... Bill Tomlinson, Jason Yip
Extended Abstracts CHI 2014


PopCore: A system for Network-Centric Recommendations
Amit Sharma, Meethu Malu, Dan Cosley
Recommender Systems and the Social Web Workshop, ACM RecSys 2011


Coming up soon!


Campus Address:
Human-Computer Interaction Lab
2117 Hornbake Building, South Wing
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742