Taslima Akter

PhD Student

Indiana University, Bloomington


I am Taslima, third year PhD student in School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) at Indiana University, Bloomington. I am working as a research assistant under the supervision of Professor Apu Kapadia at Privacy Lab. I have completed my graduation from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), the top-ranked engineering university in Bangladesh. I have also worked as a research assistant in Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP) project funded by Department of Computer Science & Engineering, BUET.

My current research interest lies in the field of usable privacy and security in the context of assistive technologies; in particular I am excited about understanding and designing systems that can address privacy challenges faced by VIPs while using existing and emerging assistive technologies. During my undergraduate studies, I worked on visual sensor network, wireless network, and mobile computing.

Currently I am doing internship at Microsoft Research Lab-India to explore the information seeking behavior of visually impaired people through camera-based assistive technologies. I am also trying to introduce concepts of computational thinking to develop numerical and problem-solving skills through fun games to young visually impaired kids in India.

Recent News:

September 2018: Started my fall internship at Microsoft Research Lab-India.

April 2018: Presented poster at Midwest Security Workshop (MSW) 2018

October 2017: Travel grant for Indiana Celebration of Women in Computing (InWIC) 2018 conference

October 2017: Grace Hopper Conference Scholar 2017

April 2017: Travel grant for IEEE S&P 2017

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Journal papers:

[J2] Bryan Dosono, Yasmeen Rashidi, Taslima Akter, Bryan Semaan, and Apu Kapadia, Challenges in Transitioning from Civil to Military Culture: Hyper-Selective Disclosure through ICTs. Proceedings of the ACM Journal: Human-Computer Interaction: Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (PACM '17/CSCW '18), To appear, Vol. 1, No. 2, Article 41, 2017.

[J1] Hafsa Zannat, Taslima Akter, Mashrura Tasnim, and Ashikur Rahman, The coverage problem in visual sensor networks: A target oriented approach. Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Vol 75 (2016): 1-15.

Conference Papers:

[C1] Novia Nurain, Taslima Akter, Hafsa Zannat, Most. Monira Akter, A. B. M. Alim Al Islam and Md. Humayun Kabir, General-Purpose Multi-Objective Vertical Hand-off Mechanism Exploiting Network Dynamics. IEEE International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Computing, Networking and Communications (WiMob), 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Workshop Papers and Posters:

[W3] Taslima Akter, Bryan Dosono, Yasmeen Rashidi, Bryan Semaan, and Apu Kapadia, Challenges in Transitioning from Civil to Military Culture: Hyper-Selective Disclosure through ICTs. Midwest Security Workshop (MSW), 2018.

[W2] Taslima Akter, Tousif Ahmed, Kay Connelly, David Crandall, and Apu Kapadia, Privacy Risks of Using Camera Assisted Tools for People with Visual Impairments. The Bright and Dark Sides of Computer Vision: Challenges and Opportunities for Privacy and Security (CV-COPS), 2017, Hawaii, USA

[W1] Hafsa Zannat, Monira Akter, Taslima Akter and A. B. M. Alim Al Islam, MOVH: General Purpose Multi-Objective Vertical Hand-off Mechanism with Higher Scalability and Higher Stability. Workshop on Mobile Computing and Human-Computer Interaction (MoHCI), 2014, Dhaka, Bangladesh.