Novia Nurain

Hello World!

I am Novia, a third year Ph.D. student in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington. My advisor is Prof. Kay Connelly. I am also a member of the ProHealth Lab. In this lab, I work and collaborate with fellow Ph.D. students to design socio-technical systems to support health and well-being.

Research Interest
My research lies at the intersection of Gerontology and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). My current work is motivated to explore social support opportunties of older adults living in urban and rural areas.

Research Projects

Pandemic, Change, and Technology (May, 2020 - present)

Advisor: Prof. Kay Connelly

The purpose of the project is to understand the experience of socialization and usage of different services (i.e., telecare, food delivery, etc.) amid the pandemic who are living alone. Conducted interviews with young and older adults (urban and rural areas) who are living alone. Currently conducting thematic analysis for the collected data.

Older Adults and Personal Informatics in Everyday Life (September, 2020 - present)

Advisor: Prof. Christina Chung

The purpose of the project is to explore older adults' interests, intentions, and engagement in recording or keeping track of different types of personal information about their everyday life. Currently conducting remote Photo Elicitation Interview (PEI) with older adults who keep track or record of different information in their everyday life.

Older Adults, Socialization, and Peer Support (January, 2020 - Present)

Advisor: Prof. Kay Connelly , Prof. Katie Siek

The purpose of this project is to investigate the utility of a Check-in system in helping older adults connect socially with their family and friends. Build a functional check-in System and currently conducting a design concept validation study with older adults to gain feedback of several design alternatives.

Gestational Diabetes, Hoosier Moms, and Wearable (January, 2019 - December, 2019)

Advisor: Prof. Kay Connelly , Prof. Katie Siek

The purpose of this project is to investigate the usage of wearable device throughout the journey of pregnancy. Maintained infrastructure functions for the collection of data from wearable device.



Hugging with a Shower Curtain: Older Adults’ Social Support Realities During the COVID-19 Pandemic. (2021). Novia Nurain, Christina Chung, Clara Caldeira, Kay Connelly. To be appeared in the proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, October 2021 (pp. 1-30). ( pdf ). ( presentation )

Older Adults’ Experiences of Autonomy During COVID-19 Pandemic. (2021). Novia Nurain, Clara Caldeira, Kay Connelly. In Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2021 May 8, (pp. 1-6). ( pdf )

Local standards for anonymization practices in health, wellness, accessibility, and aging research at CHI. (2019). Jacob Abbott, Haley MacLeod, Novia Nurain, Gustave Ekobe, and Sameer Patil. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2019 (pp. 1-14). ( pdf )

HEliOS: huffman coding based lightweight encryption scheme for data transmission. (2019). Mazharul Islam, Novia Nurain, Mohammad Kaykobad, Sriram Chellappan, and ABM Alim Al Islam. In Proceedings of the 16th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services, 2019 (pp. 70-79). ( pdf )


  • Reviewer: CSCW 2021 (poster), DIS 2020
  • Student volunteer: ASSETS 2021, CSCW 2021

Contact Me

Email: nnurain at iu dot edu

Twitter: @NoviaNurain