Dr Mai Elshehaly

Dr Mai Elshehaly


Mai Elshehaly is a research fellow at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). She is currently investigating visualization methods for National Clinical Audit (NCA) data, as part of project QualDash.

The QualDash project aims to design, develop and evaluate a visualization dashboard that meets the analysis needs of a broad user population from the healthcare domain and beyond.

Prior to joining QualDash, Mai completed her PhD in Computer Science at Virginia Tech in 2015, where she worked as a research assistant at the Center for Human Computer Interaction (CHCI). She then spent one year as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County before going back to Egypt to assume her role as a lecturer at the Computer Science Department in Suez Canal University. She also taught as part-time lecturer at Misr International University (MIU) and the British University in Egypt (BUE) between 2016 and 2017.

Research interests

Visual fusion of heterogeneous data sources for cognitive model construction. Opening the black box of machine learning techniques through visual analytics. Task analysis for design and evaluation of visualizations. Prior experience in use of High Performance Graphics in visualization of time-variant volumetric data, including GPU techniques for real-time interaction.


  • Postdoctoral research fellowship. University of Leeds
  • Postdoctoral research fellowship. University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science. Virginia Tech
  • Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech
  • Bachelor of Sciences in Computer Science. School of Computers and Informatics, Suez Canal University

Professional memberships

  • IEEE Professional Member
  • ACM Member

Student education

Perviously taught modules:

  • Suez Canal Univeristy (lecturer/ module leadrer): Neural Networks, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Introduction to Computers
  • Misr International Univeristy (lecturer/ module leadrer): Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • British University in Egypt (co-instructor): Introduction to Computers, Business Information Systems
  • Virginia Tech (TA): Introduction to GUI Porgramming and Graphics