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I am a computer scientist, ethnographer, designer, and critic. I am interested in the agency and politics around 'voice', which I define as "an instrumental and constitutive tool for improving the quality of life". My work seeks to give voice to the marginalized communities of low-income regions through ethnography and design. My research addresses the problem of exclusion that has generated fresh perspectives of access, visibility, and freedom in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD).
At present I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. I am super lucky to have Prof. Steve Jackson as my Ph.D advisor. I am also advised by Profs. Dan Cosley, Nicki Dell, and Shelley Feldman. My study and research have been supported by National Science Foundation Grant, International Fulbright Science and Technology Fellowship, and Intel Science and Technology Center for for Social Computing (ISTC*SC). Before coming to Cornell, I taught Computer Science for two years at my alma mater, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). I have formed and still direct the first-ever HCI research group in Bangladesh.
I love reading, drawing, programming, and playing with geometry. I also manage the ICTD reading group of Cornell.
* September, 2016: Will serve in Workshop Program Committee of CHI 2017.
* September, 2016: Paper accepted to CSCW 2017! Collaborative work with Mehrab, Michaelanne, and Neha
* April, 2016: Paper accepted to LIMITS 2016!
* February 2016: Received CHI 2016 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award!
* January 2016: I am co-hosting a panel at CHI 2016 on HCI for Refugees.
* January 2016: Paper accepted to ICTD 2016!
* December, 2015: Two papers accepted to CHI 2016!
* December 2015: Co-Organizing CHI Workshop, Development Consortium: HCI Across Borders.