Meet the members of the HATLab. Our members include a wide variety of people including graduate researchers and undergraduate research assistants. Check out this page to see who’s working on the newest research on humans and technology.


Dr. Kelly Caine
Kelly Caine is Director of the Humans and Technology lab (HATLab) and Associate Professor in the Human-Centered Computing Division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. She and her team conduct research on usable privacy and security, health informatics, wearable computing and aging-in-place all with a focus on human factors issues related to designing privacy-enhanced systems. Dr. Caine has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Dr. Bart Knijnenburg
Bart Knijnenburg is Co-Director of the HATLab and Assistant Professor in the Human-Centered Computing Division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. He is a researcher on privacy decision-making and recommender systems. Dr. Knijnenburg has a BSc and MSc from Eindhoven University of Technology, a a MHI from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD from the University of California, Irvine.

Research Scientist

Emily Sidnam-Mauch headshotEmily Sidnam-Mauch
Emily Sidnam-Mauch is a Research Scientist for the HATLab. She researches how individual differences and technology affordances intersect to predict usage patterns and related outcomes for users of communication technologies, with an emphasis on understanding social media and digital well-being. Dr. Sidnam-Mauch has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Communication from Purdue University, and a B.A. in Communication from Biola University.

Graduate Research Assistants

Reza Ghaiumy Anaraky
Reza Ghaiumy Anaraky is a PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at Clemson University. He researches on two major topics; privacy decision making and wellbeing on social media.
Cheng Guo
Cheng Guo is a Human-Centered Computing Ph.D. student at Clemson. He has a Bachelor in E-commerce from Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, a Bachelor in E-commerce from Swinburne University of Technology and a M.S. in Information Science from University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the HATLab, he worked as a researcher at Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests are Usable Security & Privacy and Health Informatics.
Lijie Guo
Lijie Guo is a Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing Division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. She holds the B.S. degree in information and computing science from China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China, and the M.S. degree in cartography and geographic information system from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China. Her doctoral research focuses on Recommender Systems.
Moses Namara
Moses Namara is a PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at Clemson University School of Computing working under the supervision of Dr.Bart Knijnenburg. He joined the Hatlab as a Graduate Research Assistant in Spring 2017. He holds a Bsc in Computer Science (2016) from the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests are in usable privacy and security, human factor issues as related to design of privacy-enhancing and social media technologies. Moses grew up in Kampala, Uganda.
Daricia Wilkinson
Daricia Wilkinson is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Centered Computing program at Clemson. Prior to joining the Hatlab she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Technology from the University of the Virgin Islands. Her research focuses on usable privacy and security and recommender systems.
Brodrick Stigall
Brodrick Stigall is a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in the Human-Centered Computing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Tennessee and Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Brodrick spent 7 years working in E-Commerce at Fortune 500 companies International Paper Co. and AutoZone Inc. Both are located in his home town of Memphis, Tennessee. Brodrick’s research focuses on virtual agents (also known as conversational agents and chatbots) which have the ability to dynamically change interaction with and adoption of technology especially among older adults (adults over 65).

He is a benefactor of the Graduate International Research Experience grant and spent 6 months doing research internationally at the Interaction Design lab at University of Melbourne (Australia).

He is a 2020 recipient of the GEM Fellowship

Errol Francis II headshotErrol Francis II
Errol Francis II is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Computer Science Division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Pomona College. His research interests are in medical artificial intelligence and decision making.
Ananya Gupta headshotAnanya Gupta
Ananya Gupta is a PhD student in the Human-Centered Computing Division of the School of Computing at Clemson University. She joined the HATLab in the Fall of 2020 and is working under the supervision of Dr. Bart Knijnenburg. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC in the Spring of 2020. She is interested in usable privacy and security in online social media networks and recommender systems. Ananya grew up in Rautahat, Nepal.
Heba Aly headshotHeba Aly
Heba Aly is a Ph.D. student at Clemson University’s School of Computing. She holds a Bsc. and a Msc. in Computer Engineering from Arab Academy for Science and Technology University, Egypt. Her research focuses on privacy decision making, social media post translation, mobile application development.
Sushmita Khan headshotSushmita Khan
Sushmita is a PhD student in Human Centered Computing at Clemson University researching adolescents privacy knowledge and data use to explain how their data is used in algorithmic decision-making and to afford them control of their data. Her work is motivated by the goal of creating a equitable and safe online systems. She has a B.Sc. in Computer Science and an M.Sc. in Math.
Aminata Mbodji headshotMina Mbodji
Mina Mbodj is a Doctoral student in Human-Centered Computing with a background in Economics and Political Science. Her research interests center around Behavioral Science informed User Experience Design, Computational Game Theory, as well as Digital Currency Platform Design and Security.
Shahan Iqbal headshotShahan Mehtab Iqbal
Shahan (Mehtab Iqbal) is a Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing at Clemson University. He cares about accessibility and inclusion and aims to achieve this by building transparent AI system development tools that afford policy adherence. Before graduate school, Shahan was a software engineer building NLP-driven solutions powering eDiscovery platforms. He holds an M.S. in mathematics and a B.Sc. in computer science.
Oluwafemi Osho headshotOluwafemi Osho
Oluwafemi Osho is a Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing. His research interests cover usable privacy and security as well as human aspects of cybersecurity. Femi holds a B.Tech. in Mathematics/Computer Science and an M.Tech. in Mathematics from Federal University of Technology, Minna, and an M.S. in Technical Communication from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ryan Preston
Ryan Preston is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Information Systems at Clemson University. He is interested in making human-computer interactions more intuitive, and increasing ease-of-use with regards to user interfaces.
Ayana Monroe headshotAyana Monroe
Ayana Monroe is a Sophomore Chancellor’s Science Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is double majoring in Computer Science and Information Science along with a minor in Cognitive Psychology. Ayana has research interests in Human-Computer Interaction’s (HCI) application to blockchain and journalism, the usability compliance applications, and the utilization of search engines during the procedural information seeking process. She currently works with the HATLab as a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) student, on the News Provenance Authentication Project where she explores user perceptions of online news and news transparency and authenticity.


Dr. Marie Jarrell
Now at IMT Atlantique
Dr. Paritosh Bahirat
Dr. Byron Lowens
Dr. Yifang Li
Dr. Vivian Motti
Now at George Mason
Dr. Melva James
Now at MIT Lincoln Lab
Dr. Mahdi Nasrullah Al-Ameen
Now at Utah State
David Cherry

Cayden Wagner
Siva Likitha Valluru
John Xue
Micheala Bennekin
Now at Boeing
Jing LYU
Shahla Farzana
Now at UIC
Pratitee Sinha
Abhilash Menon
Katlin Helfter
MaryJo May
Brian Justice
Jordan Minoda
Jenna Darrah
Now at NCSU
Ravi Teja Kandula
Sameer Singh
Amanda Todd
Darrell Best
Emily Matthews
Subina Saini
Hayley Mcconnell
Brianne Campbell
Kimberley Shappell
Omar Mayar
Peter Barnett
Now at Boeing
Keanau Ormson
Dane Smith
Caitlyn Dowenen
Spencer Kohn
Now at George Mason
Zack Robinson
Megan Holder
Justin Stephens