Information Systems Program
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University


Office & Phone

Room 2142, +974-4454-8567 (Qatar)

+1-412-3390567 (USA)

Email: liginlal .at.


67-475: Information Systems Application Development

67:316: Human Computer Interface Design & Testing

67-317: Mobile Web Development and Testing

67-272:Application Design and Development

67-357: Healthcare Analytics & Big Data

67:102: Concepts of Information Systems

67-315: Interaction Design for the Web

67-250: Information Systems Mileaux

67-130: Building Usable WebSites

67-314: XML and Web Services

Divakaran Liginlal is a Teaching Professor of Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. Lal holds a B.S. in Telecommunication Engineering from CET, India, an M.S. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Science, and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona. Before joining CMU, Lal had taught at three U.S. universities, including nine years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a recipient of the Mabel Chipman Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and the Lawrence J. Larson Grant Award for Innovation in Curriculum Design. In 2013, he received the best teacher award at CMU's Qatar campus. As a graduate student, he received the University of Arizona Foundation Award for Meritorious Teaching. Lal's research in information security, human-computer interaction, and decision support systems has been published in such journals as the Journal of Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, IEEE-TKDE, IEEE-SMC, the European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Security, Decision Support Systems, Fuzzy Sets & Systems, IEEE Technology & Society, IJIM, and IRMJ. His teaching and research have been supported by organizations such as Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett Packard (HP), Cisco Systems, Cargill, the Qatar Foundation, and the ICAIR at the University of Florida. Before he entered academia, Lal worked as a scientist developing test systems for onboard computers for the Indian Space Research Organization and as a software developer in Saudi Arabia.


Prof. Lal's research in information systems is grounded in the intersection of technology, strategy, and human decision processes. The first topic area involves human computer interaction, particularly focused on eye-tracking studies. He is currently leading a major funded project to study language effectiveness in Arabic E-Commerce websites. The second topic area relates to innovation, particularly in the area of information security and market value creation. His collaborative work identifies the important drivers of increased demand and innovation in information security and studies the relationship between innovation and economic performance, a subject that has been understudied in this context. The third topic area involves studying the interrelationships between human cognitive processes and privacy breaches, specifically the examination of technology use and organizational practices in the context of regulatory compliance.  

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