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, and a faculty affiliate at Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. I co-organize the monthly Critical Computing Seminar 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 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 Centennial Fellow ('19), a Connaught Awardee ('18), a Fulbright 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.
Recent Highlights: (see all news here)
* Mar '21: CHI Best Paper Honorable Mention Award for "Unmochon" [paper]
* Mar '21: Interaction article of designing with internally displaced people published [Link]
* 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)
* Jan '21: Talk "Whose Ethics? Whose Intelligence?" at the Centre of Ethics of UofT
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]