Lab Director

Colin M. Gray

Colin M. Gray is an Associate Professor in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington, where they are Director of the Human-Computer Interaction design (HCI/d) program. They hold appointments as Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University and Visiting Researcher at Newcastle University. Colin’s research focuses on the ways in which the pedagogy and practice of designers informs the development of design ability, particularly in relation to ethics, design knowledge, and learning experience. They have consulted on multiple legal cases relating to dark patterns and data protection and work with regulatory bodies and non-profit organizations to increase awareness and action relating to deceptive and manipulative design practices. Colin’s research and engagement activities cross multiple disciplines, including human-computer interaction, instructional design and technology, law and policy, design theory and education, and engineering and technology education.


Doctoral Students

Ike Obi
Doctoral Candidate

Ike is a Ph.D. student in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. His research interests are broadly at the intersection of human-computer interaction, fairness in AI/data-driven systems, and ethics. He is currently working as a research assistant on the NSF funded project on Improving Everyday Ethics in Socio-technical Practice. Before joining the lab, he was a Research Associate at the Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab at Indiana University. He holds a master's degree from Ball State University and has worked as an ERP software developer for about four years.

Ritika Gairola
Doctoral Student
Nayah Boucaud
PhD Candidate

Nayah is a PhD Candidate at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University. Her research navigates the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and human cognition, aiming to demystify the role of computational tools in augmenting human intelligence. With dual master's degrees in Learning and Cognitive Sciences and Artificial Intelligence, she combines academic rigor with practical insight to design AI technologies that enhance learning and productivity. Before joining the lab, Nayah applied her expertise in AI/ML Development and UI/UX Design across diverse projects, championing inclusivity and ethical AI integration. Her work seeks to balance technological advancement with human creativity, contributing to policies that ensure technology serves as an ally to human thinking and learning.

Affiliated Researchers

Thomas Carlock
Graduate Research Assistant
Thomas Carlock is a Masters student at Purdue University studying UX Design. He previously worked as a research assistant on an NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design.
Ambika R. Menon
Affiliated Researcher
Ambika R. Menon is a research assistant affiliated with UXP2 Lab. She previously graduated with a major in Human-Centered Design at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India and believes in harnessing the power of design approaches into her everyday decisions. She is currently working on a research project regarding technology manipulation patterns as identified within media articles in the Indian and Chinese context and also previously assisted in co-design efforts as a part of NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design.
Aayushi Bharadwaj
Affiliated Researcher
Aayushi Bharadwaj is a research assistant affiliated with the lab. She majored in Business Systems and Service Design at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology with key focus on service design, UX research and product design. She is currently working on a research project that investigates discourses relating to technology manipulation in Indian and Chinese Media. Previously, she assisted in co-design and analysis efforts as a part of NSF-funded project regarding Everyday Ethics in UX Design.

Lab Alumni




  • Thomas Carlock (2022-2023)
  • Ziqing (Nicole) Li (2020-2023) – UX Researcher, Cisco
  • Aiza Hasib (2020) – UX Design Researcher, Cisco
  • Jingning Chen (2020) – UX Researcher, Microsoft
  • Chris Rhys Watkins (2017-2019) – UX/UI Designer, Floify
  • Shreya Randive (2019) – iOS Engineer, Expedia Group