I am an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. I direct the Third Space research group at the DGP Lab. I am also a graduate faculty member of the School of Environment, a Faculty Fellow at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, and a Senior Fellow at the Massey College. I co-organize the monthly Critical Computing Seminar at UofT, and co-steer UofT's SDG initiative. 

 

My research interest is situated at the intersection of computer science and the critical social sciences. My work is often motivated by social justice and sustainability issues, and I put them in the academic contexts of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Information and Communication Technology and Development (ICTD). I operate through a wide range of technical and methodological apparatuses from ethnography to design, and from NLP to tangible user interface. 

I earned my PhD at Cornell University, where I was advised by Steve Jackson. Before moving to North America, I studied and taught Computer Science at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). I developed and still mentor the first HCI community in Bangladesh. 

 

I am a Schwartz Reisman Institute Faculty Fellow ('21), Senior Massey Fellow ('21), Fulbright Centennial Fellow ('19), a Connaught Scholar ('18), a Fulbright S&T Fellow ('11), and an OpenStreetMap Scholar ('10). My current research is supported by all three divisions of Canada's federal tri-council research agency: NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC, among others.

I am the Program Committee Chair for ICTD 2022!

Recent Highlights: (see all news here)

* Nov '21: Facebook Research Award on Digital Privacy!

* Sept '21: Appointed as a Faculty Fellow at SRI!

* July '21: Appointed as a Senior Fellow at Massey College!

* May '21: Interview on Global Misinformation at Guelph University Social Justice Alliance [Link]

* Mar '21: CHI Best Paper Honorable Mention Award for "Unmochon" [paper]

* Feb -Mar '21: Talk "Design for Voice" 

at University of Washington (DUB Seminar)

at University of Maryland at Baltimore (Invited Speaker Series)

at Stanford Computer Science (HCI Seminar)

In Public Press:

* Mar '21: Interaction article, "Designing with Internally Displaced Slum Dwellers in Bangladesh"

* Sep '20: (IIE Centennial Blog): Repairing and Recycling of Digital Electronics during COVID-19

* Sep '20: Blog post (ACM Interactions): "Fighting Coronavirus with Faith"

* May '20: Op-ed (Daily Star): "COVID-19 and the economization of life in Bangladesh

* Apr '20: Op-ed (Prothom Alo): "করোনা মোকাবিলা: ডেটানির্ভর প্রযুক্তি ও ব্যক্তিগত তথ্য নিরাপত্তা"

* Apr '20: Talk Show Interview on Ekattor TV on COVID19. [Link]