Sara Nabil | Doctoral Trainee

Sara Nabil

Sara is a researcher, designer and educator, her work spanning interaction design, interior design and physical computing. She is currently a PhD student and an HCI researcher at Open Lab, Newcastle University, where her work centers around Ubiquitous Environments from the lens of Architecture and Interior Design.

Driven by a vision where the future interior designs would no longer have to be static, Sara is investigating ways we could potentially design and build interiors that are context-aware, dynamic, changeable and `living'; responding to our implicit and intuitive interactions to meet our needs, support our well-being and improve the quality of living.

Sara's current research is about novel interfaces that are soft, flexible and dynamic, with a particular focus on building OUIs (Organic User Interfaces). She is interested in how we can embed interior spaces with interactivity using soft electronics, e-textiles and smart materials that are malleable, shape-changing or colour-changing. And studying how will people perceive, interact and live with interactive interior spaces.

Her background including both a BSc in Computing and an MSc in OUI design from Helwan University, Egypt. Sara is also a Lecturer and Module-Leader of HCI at the MSA University, Egypt. Prior to that, her professional experience includes 4 years in Interior Design and 6 years in the Technology sector as a Sr. Software Engineer and a Web Developer.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys acrylic and oil painting among other craft and `making' hobbies.



For an updated list of Sara's publications and patents please visit her google scholar page.


Decorating public and private spaces: Identity and pride in a refugee camp
Nabil S, Talhouk R, Trueman J, Kirk DS, Bowen S, Wright P, CHI EA '18 Human Factors in Computing Systems
ActuEating: Desiging, Studying and Exploring Actuating Decorative Artefacts
Nabil S, Everitt A, Sturdee M, Alexander J, Bowen S, Wright P, Kirk D, DIS '18: Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference327-339


Interactive Architecture: Exploring and Unwrapping the Potentials of Organic User Interfaces
Nabil Ahmed S, Ploetz T, Kirk DS, 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI'17)


Future of Ubiquitous Home Interaction with OUI Interiors
Nabil S, Kirk D, Ploetz T, CHI'16 Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Workshop on Future of Human-Building Interaction (HBI)

Associated Projects

  • DecorAction
    DecorAction is a PhD project where we explore interaction techniques with decorative objects that surrounds our environments, extending their capabilities, meanings and value further than aesthetics to propose functions that are beyond their tradition...
    August 30, 2011
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