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Assistant Professor
E308 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
(814) 865-3961
Ph.D., Computer Science, Stony Brook University, 2019
M.S., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2013
B.S., Computer Science and Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), 2007

Dr. Syed Billah is an assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Stony Brook University in 2019. His research focuses on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with a strong emphasis on Accessible Computing, a topic  that is broadly concerned with making computing devices and digital information accessible for people with impairments. In his research, Dr. Billah frequently draws inspiration, techniques, and best practices from multiple disciplines, including but not limited to Computer Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Sensing, Fabrication, and Cognitive Psychology. In the past, he worked with people with vision impairments. He proposed a series of new technologies to make non-visual interaction efficient, organic, and ubiquitous, thus unlocking the opportunities in education and employment for people with vision impairment. In recognition of his contributions to accessibility, he received the Catacosinos fellowship for excellence in Computer Science at Stony Brook University.

Research Interests
  • Assistive Technology
  • Non-Visual Interaction
  • Trustworthy AI for Accessibility
  • Assistive Human Augmentation
  • Situational Impairment
Research Keywords
Human-Computer Interaction
Intelligent Interaction System
Accessible Computing
Human Augmentation
Assisted Living