Najwa Alghamdi is a computer scientist with a PhD from the University of Sheffield (my profile)  Currently an assistant professor at Computer and Information Science College, King Saud University, she leads a variety of research projects, including development of voice-based intelligent agents for healthcare and education (listed in ISCA Women in Speech), and employing machine learning/data science methods to understand social media users’ behavior and motivation. An accomplished UX researcher, Najwa founded the UX course at King Saud University, and was lead UX instructor at General Assembly, Misk Academy. As an entrepreneur, she developed software and an app for cochlear implant users in Saudi Arabia.



  • [December] #Invited_talk :  Voice User Interface Design. Interaction Design Foundation, Riyadh Chapter.

  • [September] #Invited_talk :  Techie-bits: Saudi ladies in Technology, Panel Discussion on Programming. 

  • [September] #Invited_talk :  Data Science and Entrepreneurship, Panel Discussion, Bayan SCI - Business. 

  • [March-May] #Lead_instructor : User Experience Design course, General Assembly, Misk Academy.

  • [April] External examiner for Data Analysis, MSc projects, Prince Nora University.

  • [March] #Invited_talk : Data Science in Speech Communication, WiDSRiyadh at KACST.


  • [December] #Mentor : at MIT Saudi Grand Hack.

  • [November] #Invited_talk : Visual Speech Enhancement. Seminar series for IWAN. King Saud University. 

  • [August] #Invited_talk : Voice User Interface. KACST SIGCHI chapter's Summer School on HCI research method.

  • [July] #Mentor :  a number of research projects in KACST-Mawhiba summer enrichment program -- a joint program between King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)  and  the Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba). 

  • [March] #Invited_talk : Visual Speech Enhancement. Seminar series for SPandH (Speech and Hearing group). University of Sheffield (2018). 

  • [February] #Invited_talk : Visual Speech Enhancement. Joint Seminar series for the ‘Engineering and Materials’ and ‘Computing and Informatics’ Research Centers, Nottingham Trent University.