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Dr. Fatema Akbar

Dr. Fatema Akbar
Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Fatema Akbar is a researcher and educator in informatics and human-computer interaction. She serves as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the American University of Bahrain. Fatema has published over 10 scientific articles in top journals and conferences related to human factors in computing. Her most recent research projects investigated computational methods using sensor technologies combined with computer activity logs to identify the patterns and health effects of computer use at the workplace. Her research was covered in U.S. media outlets such as the New Yorker and EHR Intelligence.

Besides research, Fatema is passionate about teaching. She is an associate at the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning in the U.S. and received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the University of California, Irvine.

Fatema holds a PhD in Informatics from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California-Irvine, where she also served as a teaching and research assistant for five years. She received her Master’s degree from the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford and her Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

Publications: (Click Here)

Media Coverage:

  • The New Yorker: E-mail is making us miserable. (Click Here)
  • EHR Intelligence: Wearable Sensors Confirm EHR Inbox Use, Clinician Burnout Link. (Click Here)
  • Invited talk: National Research Network for Audit Log Data. (Click Here)
  • Smart Brief: Page switching in EHR inboxes adds to provider burden. (Click Here)
  • EHR Intelligence: Docs add 1 hour of administrative work for EHR inbox management. (Click Here)



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