Abdallah El Ali

I am a human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher with a background in Cognitive Science. I am a tenure-track researcher at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), within the Distributed & Interactive Systems (DIS) group. Previously, I did my Postdoc at the HCI Oldenburg lab, part of the Media Informatics and Multimedia Systems group at the University of Oldenburg / OFFIS (Germany). I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), working at the Information and Language Processing Systems (ILPS) group.

My current research focuses on human activity sensing, mobile and wearable interaction techniques, and multimodal interaction, unified by the goal of further understanding human behavior and emotion. While I typically draw on machine learning and cognitive (neuro)science methods, I try to combine both quant and qual methods.

Research Interests:
   - Affective computing
   - Multimodal (mobile) interaction
   - Wearable sensing & behavior prediction
   - Human activity recognition
   - Social media data mining
   - Urban mobility and interaction