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.

Publications

Google Scholar Profile

CONFERENCE PAPERS [6]

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)
[PDF]

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)
[PDF]

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)
[PDF]

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)
[PDF]

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)
[PDF]

POSTER PAPERS [2]

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

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

EXTENDED ABSTRACTS [1]

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
[PDF]

WORKSHOP PAPERS [1]

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

Research

Coming up soon!

Contact

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

Email:
meethu@cs.umd.edu