Dr. Dena Ahmed S. Al Thani | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dena Ahmed S. Al Thani

Dr. Dena Ahmed S. Al Thani (PhD)

Associate Professor
Information & Computing Technology
College of Science and Engineering

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  • Office location208U, 1st Floor, HBKU Student Center


Dr. Dena Al-Thani is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs at the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

Dr. Al Thani was awarded her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Queen Mary University of London; her thesis specialized in Human-Computer Interaction and Inclusive Design. She has obtained a postgraduate certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, and she is an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

Dr. Al-Thani is now actively publishing papers in high-ranked journals, presenting her work at international conferences, as well as contributing book chapters to publications in her field. She is keen to see the impact on the world of her research on assistive technology research in Qatar, and, to that end, she serves as a part-time consultant for Research and Innovation at the Mada Assistive Technology Center, where she works with the innovation team. 

Dr. Al-Thani actively participates as a keynote speaker and panelist in key world forums, including the annual meeting of the UN Council Working Group on Internet Policy Issues, the UN Human Rights Social Forum, the Gulf Region Education and Assistive Technology Conference, the World Health Innovation Summit, and the 12th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, UN.


Research Interests

  • Inclusive Design
  • Accessibility
  • Assistive Technology
  • Designing for eHealth


Teaching Assistant in School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Queen Mary University of London, UK.

2012- 2015
  • Senior Manager Portal and Integration Platforms

    Technology Business Unit, Ooredoo, Qatar

  • System Developer and Analyst

    Software Development Unit, Department of Research and Information Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar

    2005 – 2008


PhD in Computer Science

  • MSc in Software Engineering

    Queen Mary University of London, UK

  • BSc in Computer Science

    Qatar University, Qatar


Selected Publications

  • Aqle, A., Al-Thani, D. & Jaoua, A.

    Can search result summaries enhance the web search efficiency and experiences of the visually impaired users?. Univ Access Inf Soc (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-020-00777-w

  • Banire, B., Al Thani, D., Qaraqe, M. et al.

    Impact of mainstream classroom setting on attention of children with autism spectrum disorder: an eye-tracking study. Univ Access Inf Soc (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-020-00749-0

  • Khowaja, K., Banire, B., Al-Thani, D., Sqalli, M. T., Aqle, A., Shah, A., & Salim, S. S.

    Augmented reality for learning of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): A systematic review. IEEE Access, 8, 78779–78807.

  • Khowaja, K., & Al-Thani, D.

    New Checklist for the Heuristic Evaluation of mHealth Apps (HE4EH): Development and Usability Study. JMIR MHealth and UHealth, 8(10), e20353. https://doi.org/10.2196/20353

  • Al-Thani, D., & Stockman, T.

    Evaluating an Interface for Cross-Modal Collaborative Information Seeking. Interacting with Computers, 30(5), 396–416. Tahri Sqalli, M., & Al-Thani, D. (2020). On How Chronic Conditions Affect the Patient-AI Interaction: A Literature Review. Healthcare, 8(3), 313. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8030313