Hi, I'm
Raju Maharjan

Having submitted my Ph.D. thesis recently, I am looking for new research opportunities to contribute within the areas of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) to support health and wellbeing. I have a strong background in mixed-method research design and more than 10 years of experience in designing UI/UX for various industrial sectors.

Research Projects

Sofia

As a part of a larger project that aims to improve the quality of life of people living with mental illness, two distinct empirical studies were carried out.

  1. The first study developed a questionnaire-driven conversational agent with state-based and free-form conversational designs and evaluated the accuracy of the self-reports by contrasting 59 participants' responses via each conversational design compared to the paper-based responses to the same questionnaire in a lab setting.
  2. The second study developed a conversational agent that enabled daily self-report of wellbeing by asking three open-ended questions and an additional questionnaire fortnightly; then evaluated the ecological validity of the system in supporting the self-report of mental health and wellbeing by conducting a four-week mixed-method field deployment study during which 20 people living with affective disorders used the system daily to self-report about their wellbeing.

m CARDIA

The goal of this research project was to design a smartphone-based ambulatory heart monitoring system.

  1. Adopting the user-centered design approach, a series of interviews and co-design workshops with both patients and clinicians were conducted to developed a Requirement Analysis Document (RAD).
  2. According to the requirements, the prototype of the mCardia system was designed. It included (i) a patient-facing mobile app that enabled real-time reflection on the cardiovascular data such as Heart Rate (HR), HR Variability, and MET level collected via a two-channel Holter device and contextual information, including sleep and step count and (ii) a web app that allowed clinicians to analyze and annotate the ECG data with the contextual information.

Artbox

Artbox is an NSF-funded app development project with an aim to create an engaging online community of artists and art enthusiasts. The challenge was to engage a diverse group of users, help them make connections with each other, and encourage them to keep coming back to the app.

  1. Conducted semi-structured interviews with artists and patrons to investigate how they use technology and social media to interact with art.
  2. Conducted competitor analysis and visited museums, auction houses, and art exhibitions to conceptualize the business model of the app.
  3. Based on the findings, a unique concept of a local, social, and mobile app was developed and designed.

Publications

2021

Journal
Coming Soon: ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, Special Issue on Conversational Agents for Healthcare and Well-being

Coming Soon: ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare

Conference
Raju Maharjan, Darius Adam Rohani, Per Bækgaard, Jakob Bardram, and Kevin Doherty. 2021. Can we talk? Design Implications for the Questionnaire-Driven Self-Report of Health and Wellbeing via Conversational Agent. In CUI 2021 - 3rd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces (CUI '21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 5, 1–11.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3469595.3469600

2020

Conference
Giovanna Nunes Vilaza, Raju Maharjan, David Coyle, and Jakob Bardram. 2020. Futures for Health Research Data Platforms From the Participants’ Perspectives. In Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society (NordiCHI '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 39, 1–14.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3419249.3420110

2019

Workshop
Raju Maharjan, Per Bækgaard, and Jakob E. Bardram. 2019. "Hear me out": smart speaker based conversational agent to monitor symptoms in mental health. In Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (UbiComp/ISWC '19 Adjunct). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 929–933.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3341162.3346270

2018

Workshop
Raju Maharjan, Per Bækgaard, and Jakob E. Bardram. 2018. Leveraging Multi-modal User-labeled Data for Improved Accuracy in Interpretation of ECG Recordings. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference and 2018 International Symposium on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Wearable Computers (UbiComp '18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 636–641.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3267305.3267548

Workshop
Pegah Hafiz, Raju Maharjan, and Devender Kumar. 2018. Usability of a mood assessment smartphone prototype based on humor appreciation. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct(MobileHCI '18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 151–157.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3236112.3236134

Experience

Teaching

7.19-12.19

Student Supervision

Chen Wang, MSc, Digital Media Engineering

Employment

10.17-1.18

Frontend Developer

Google (Contract), San Jose

 
  1. Worked on several high-traffic websites to improve their performance on mobile devices.
  2. Analyzed mobile web pages and prioritized action items to increase the speed of the client's site for a better user experience on mobile devices.
  3. Developed Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) for client webpages and ensured that the page loads within 3 seconds in a 3G network.
  4. Supported clients' web development teams for AMP integration
  5. Developed a script that automated email communication with the clients, which facilitated efficiency and avoided human errors.

3.15-8.17

UI/UX Engineer

Abbott Point of Care, New Jersey

 
  1. Contributed to all the stages of SDLC to create a cloud based clinical instrument management system i-STAT Alinity.
  2. Developed meaningful user interfaces following user-centered design process by creating user flows, wireframes, mockups and prototypes.
  3. Established a design language and developed high-impact, user-centered interfaces with strong emotional appeal and intuitive navigation to maximize user engagement utilizing asynchronous JavaScript, HTML5, CSS3 and C\#.

8.13-7.14

Frontend Developer

Harland Clarke, Texas

 
  1. Worked on multiple projects concurrently with a dynamic team of designers and developers to create web pages of some of the high traffic eCommerce websites.
  2. Implemented engaging user interactions into the web applications using HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery to achieve client’s business objectives, brand and marketing strategies.

4.12-5.12

Frontend Developer

NYC Human Resource Administration, New York

 
  1. Designed and developed the presentation layer of a high traffic web portal that allowed access and allocation of resources to AIDS patients in all five boroughs of New York City.
  2. Responsible for overall branding and optimization of existing web pages by implementing CSS3 and HTML5.

6.11-1.12

Director of Technology

Artbox - NYC College of Technology, New York

 
  1. Researched latest technologies in web and mobile application to create online community of artists and art enthusiasts for a NSF funded app development project.
  2. Conducted interviews, visited museums, auction houses and art exhibitions to understand the trends and technologies to design a concept mobile app that is local, social and mobile.

4.11-1.12

Web Designer/Developer

NYC College of Technology, New York

 
  1. Designed and implemented information architecture of a grant allocation matrix into the I-cubed (Innovation through Institutional Integration) website.
  2. Developed WordPress theme with customized admin using HTML5, CSS3, jQuery and PHP for easy administration of the site.

11.09-9.10

Web Designer/Developer

IBREA Foundation, New York

 
  1. Designed and developed WordPress-based websites to reflect the core values of the foundation and its supporters.
  2. Integrated PayPal, S2 membership and Scorm Cloud to run and manage online courses.
  3. Created a custom CRM system that featured invoicing and an automated notification for donors and subscribers.

11.09-10.10

Web Developer

Boom Digital Ventures, New York

 
  1. Worked with a cross functional team from around the world to create cutting edge user experience for Maybelline New York website.
  2. Converted PSDs into pixel perfect web pages for clients such as KMart, Avalon Organics, Maranatha, Alba Botanica, and Jason Personal Care.
  3. Created newsletters using HTML and used inline CSS with media queries for mobile device support.
  4. Built multiple WordPress themes with user friendly interfaces both in admin and front end..

7.07-5.08

Student Technology Mentor

LaGuardia Community College, New York

 
  1. Helped faculty design, develop, utilize, and maintain technology-enriched teaching resources such as PowerPoint presentations, web pages, blackboard courses, interactive multimedia, ePortfolio, library database and internet searches.
  2. Designed interactive tutorials for students and faculty to help them use various tools for research, web development, and document production.

Education

PhD

Current

Personalized Health Technology

Technical University of Denmark

MA

2017

Web and Multimedia Design

Touro Graduate School of Technology

BSc

2013

Dynamic Web Design

City Tech, CUNY Graduate Center

AAS

2009

New Media Technology

LaGuardia Community College