Rita Orji

Professor of Computer Science
Dalhousie University, Faculty of Computer Science

Prof. Rita Orji is a Canada Research Chair in Persuasive Technology and Computer Science Professor at Dalhousie University. Her research is at the intersection of technology and human behaviour with a major interest in investigating user-centered approaches to designing technologies to assist people for actions and causes that are beneficial for them and their communities as well as how technologies can be designed for the under-served populations. She applies her research to tackle real-life problems in various domains including improving a wide range of health and wellness outcomes. She has attracted grants from several funding agencies including NSERC and Canada Foundation for Innovation. With over 140 peer-reviewed publications, Prof. Orji was recently recognized as one of the Top 150 Canadian Women in Science, STEM, one of the Top 60 African Women in STEM, Top 50 Young Most Influential Best Brains in Enugu State, Nigeria, and admitted into the Royal Society of Canada College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She also won many research excellence awards and a digital leadership award as a Women Leader in Digital Economy for her work in advancing technology both in Canada and in her native country of Nigeria. She is a renowned speaker who has delivered 7 Keynotes, 40 invited talks, and many public presentations, and over 100 instances of media coverage including by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), StarPhoenix on account of her work. She founded the Education for Women and the Less Privileged foundation. 

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