Hi, I am Nafisa!

I am doing my Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Semih Salihoglu in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at University of Waterloo. I am also working as a teaching assistant and currently a member of the Data Systems Group (DSG). Before joining the MMath program (2018-2020) in Uwaterloo, I worked as a software engineer for about two years at iPay Systems Limited in Bangladesh. I completed my B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2016.

My research interests lie in open data, linked data, graph database, and human-computer interaction.

Selected Publications

KTabulator: Interactive Ad hoc Table Creation using Knowledge Graphs

    • Steven Xia, Nafisa Anzum, Semih Salihoglu, Jian Zhao

    • Proc. of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (SIGCHI), May 2021 (to appear)

Systems for Graph Extraction from Tabular Data

    • Nafisa Anzum (2020). Systems for Graph Extraction from Tabular Data. MMath Thesis, UWSpace, September 2020.

    • Supervisor: Semih Salihoglu

GraphWrangler: An Interactive Graph View on Relational Data

    • Nafisa Anzum, Semih Salihoglu, Daniel Vogel.

    • Proc. ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (SIGMOD) (Demonstration Track), June 2019

Zone-based Indoor Localization using Neural Networks: a View from a Real Testbed

    • Nafisa Anzum, Syeda Farzia Afroze, and Akm Rahman.

    • IEEE International Conference on Communications, May 2018.

Work Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Waterloo

    • September 2018 to present

    • CS 115 (Fall 2018), CS 136 (Winter 2019), CS 348 (Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020), CS 240 (Fall 2020)

Software Engineer, iPay Systems Limited

    • February 24, 2016 to March 8, 2018

    • Full-stack developer

Selected Projects

R2GSync, MMath Thesis project, University of Waterloo, 2020

  • An automatic system to synchronize a GDBMS with the source RDBMS

  • Technologies: Java, GraphflowDB

GraphWrangler, MMath Thesis project, University of Waterloo, 2019

    • A system that allows users to connect to an RDBMS and within a few clicks extract graphs out of their tabular data, visualize and explore these graphs, and automatically generate scripts for their ETL pipelines. GraphWrangler adopts the predictive interaction framework and internally uses a data transformation language that is a limited subset of SQL. A demonstration video can be found here.

    • Technologies: Node.js, AngularJS, MySQL

    • Website

iPay-Admin, iPay Systems Limited, 2017-2018

    • A backend application to manage the administrative work for the iPay application.

    • Technologies: Java, Spring Boot Framework, MySQL

Academic Excellence and Awards

  • University of Waterloo Entrance Scholarship, 2020 - 2021

  • Selected to attend CRA-WP Grad Cohort for Women, April 2020.

  • University of Waterloo Entrance Scholarship, 2018 - 2019

  • ICCIT 2016 Conference Award

  • Travel grant scholarship of Grace Hopper Celebration India, 2014 (could not attend)

  • Inter-Department Database Project Show, Honourable Mention, 2014

  • Dean’s List Award in four out of four levels of undergraduate study

  • University Merit List Scholarships for excellent results in seven out of eight terms

  • Bangladesh Government Scholarship–S.S.C. (General, 2008) and Junior (General, 2005)

Volunteering Activities

  • Graduate Student Representative, Women in Computer Science, University of Waterloo

  • Founder and coordinator, Inspiring Female Buetian Book Club

Recent Activities

  • September 28, 2020: Started my PhD in Computer Science at University of Waterloo.

  • September 28, 2020: Graduated from University of Waterloo (MMath).

  • September 23, 2020: Successfully defended my MMath Thesis!

  • June 19, 2020: Guest Speaker (Mental health while pursuing a graduate degree), BUET System Analysis, Design & Development Community: Women in Tech. Video URL: Youtube, Facebook Live.

  • June 14-19, 2020: Attended ACM Sigmod 2020 (online).

  • November 9, 2019: Attended Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN CWIC-2019).

  • July 9, 2019: Invited talk (Graph Database), KW Intersections.

  • June 30 - July 5, 2019: Presented my demo on GraphWrangler in ACM SIGMOD 2019, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Me These Days..

  • Currently Reading: Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Author: Sherry Turkle), To Kill a Mockingbird (re-read) (Author: Harper Lee)

  • Currently Watching: Schitt's creek, My Next Guest with David Letterman

  • Recently Finished:

    • Books: The Art of Letting Go, The Kite Runner, Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

    • Talks and Documentaries: Law & Crime - Buried With Love (season 1:Brooke Skylar Richardson: The Prosecution, Season 2:The Watts Family Murder ), David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

    • Web Series: Ratched, Good Girls (Season 3), The Good Place (The final season)

    • Anime: Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel, Fate/stay night, Fate/Zero

  • And of course, I am sketching and painting!