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 at UofT.
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, and I put them in the context 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 from 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 Centennial Fellow ('19), a Connaught Awardee ('18), a Fulbright Fellow ('11), and an OpenStreetMap Scholar ('10).
* Nov '19: Diversity and Inclusion Award, ACM CSCW 2019
* Sept'19: Awarded IIE Centennial Fellowship (1 of 4 awardees across the globe)
* Sept'19: SSHRC PEG Grant (Ranked 1st among all proposals)