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Dalhousie University

Faculty of Computer Science

6050 University Ave. Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2, Canada


Research Interests

Human-Computer Interaction

Persuasive Computing

Digital Health

Behaviour Change Systems

Games for Change

Technology for Social and Public Goods

Machine Learning


Topics to speak on:

Persuasive and Adaptive Behaviour Change Systems for Health and Wellness

Words of Wisdom

‘Nothing is impossible for a determined mind’


Prof. Rita Orji is a Canada Research Chair in Persuasive Technology and a Computer Science Professor at Dalhousie University, Canada where she directs the Persuasive Computing Lab. Her research at the intersection of technology and human behaviour focuses on designing interactive technologies to empower people, improve lives, and contribute to solving many societal problems. She applies her work to tackle real-life problems in various domains including improving a wide range of health and wellness objectives such as mental health, healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation, sexual and other health risk behaviours. She has won millions of dollars from competitive grant funding from agencies and governments around the world to support her work.  With over 200 peer-reviewed papers, Prof. Orji has won over 60 prestigious awards and recognitions nationally and internationally in recognition of her work in this area. Recently, she was named among the Top 150 Canadian Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Top 60 African Women in STEM, Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Top 100 Nigeria’s Leading Women, and admitted into the Royal Society of Canada. She is a renowned speaker who has delivered 15 keynotes and over 100 invited talks and other presentations.


She is a recognized STEM diversity ambassador who is passionate about inspiring the next generation of youths and female tech leaders, promoting research excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM. Prof. Orji also consults and serves as a board member for many agencies.


Prof. Orji graduated as a top student with First-class honours standing in all her studies and was recognized by various governments including the Nigerian, Turkish, and Canadian Governments for her outstanding performance. She is a highly sought-after speaker and mentor who broke the barriers of growing up in a disadvantaged background and making a great impact on the global stage.


Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women, WXN

Top 100 Leading Nigerian Women, The Nigeria Women Annual

Top 150 Canadian Women in STEM: hEr VOLUTION, Canada.

Top 50 Young Most Influential Best Brains: Youth Affairs, Nigeria.

Outstanding Young Computer Science Researcher Awards, CS-Can|Info-Can

Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, RBC