Aditya Vashistha

Assistant Professor
Information Science


Aditya Vashistha is an Assistant Professor of Information Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on building appropriate computing systems to achieve social good of people in low-resource environments. More broadly, his work lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), ICT & Development (ICTD), and Accessibility. He completed a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research has been recognized in the form of Facebook Access Innovation Prize, USAID Seed Grant, Facebook Graduate Fellowship, as well as best paper awards at premier HCI venues. His research has transitioned into large-scale, real-world products that have reached an estimated 220,000 people in Africa and South Asia.

Research Interests

My research focuses on designing, building, and evaluating appropriate computing systems for underserved communities worldwide. This encompasses: 

  1. Building novel computing systems for ​low-literate people, rural residents, and people with disabilities;  
  2. Systematizing factors that impact their use of technology;
  3. Deploying systems in real-world settings to facilitate their socioeconomic development.


  • Ph.D. (Computer Science and Engineering), University of Washington, Seattle, 2019
  • M.S. (Computer Science and Engineering), University of Washington, Seattle, 2015
  • B.Tech. (Information Technology), Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, 2009