Selected Research Projects

Research Trajectories

I have extensive experience in utilizing human-centered machine learning to promote online safety for youth. Given my expertise and background, I plan to continue research at the intersection of Social Computing and online safety, and privacy. Broadly, I have a special interest in helping marginalized and vulnerable populations such as youth, elderly, immigrants, and people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. As a woman and minority, I have an urge to create more involvement and participation of women and minorities in Computer Science and HCI fields. I am passionate about having a positive impact on the world by examining how AI could be used for the social good of people. Through practice, I have also learned about the importance of data ethics, so I am planning to continue the line of research on data ethics and best practices for preserving privacy of sensitive information. 

Human-centered Machine Learning Approach to Youth Online Safety

These research projects address the critical and timely problem of adolescent online safety by leveraging a multi-disciplinary approach of human-centered machine learning to accurately detect risks teens encounter online. 

A Human-Centered Systematic Literature Review of the Computational Approaches for Online Sexual Risk Detection

Afsaneh Razi, Seunghyun Kim, Ashwaq Alsoubai, Gianluca Stringhini, Thamar Solorio, Munmun De Choudhury, and Pamela J. Wisniewski. 

ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2021)

PDF | Presentation Video (10 mins)

Instagram Data Donation: A Case Study on Collecting Ecologically Valid Social Media Data for the Purpose of Adolescent Online Risk Detection

Afsaneh Razi, Ashwaq Alsoubai, Seunghyun Kim, Nurun Naher, Shiza Ali, Gianluca Stringhini, Munmun De Choudhury, and Pamela J. Wisniewski. 

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2022)

PDF | Presentation (2 mins)

Let's Talk about Sext: How Adolescents Seek Support and Advice about Their Online Sexual Experiences

Afsaneh Razi, Karla Badillo-Urquiola, and Pamela J. Wisniewski.  

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020)

PDF | Preview (30 Sec) | Presentation (13 mins)

Online Support for Epilepsy

We investigate the social media online community for people living with epilepsy to gain insights into the complexities of their lives and how technology can provide support for them. This project has been supported by Science Center | Health Equity Research Fellowship.

Browser-based Voice Assistant

Firefox Voice: An Open and Extensible Voice Assistant Built Upon the Web

Julia Cambre, Alex C Williams, Afsaneh Razi, Ian Bicking, Abraham Wallin, Janice Tsai, Chinmay Kulkarni, and Jofish Kaye.

ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2021)

PDF | Preview (30 Sec) | Presentation (5 mins) | GitHub

Human-AI Interactions

In a series of projects, we are investigating how AI could benefit society in several applications, including as a companion for social support and in education, while it can cause negative and potentially harmful experiences for users.