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.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Waterloo
September 2018 to present
CS 638: Principles of Data Management and Use (Fall’21),
CS 348: Introduction to Database Systems (Winter’21, Spring’20, Winter’20, Fall’19, Spring’19),
CS 338: Computer Applications in Business: Databases (Spring’21),
CS 240 (Fall’20), CS136 (Winter’19), CS115 (Fall’18)
Software Engineer, iPay Systems Limited
February 24, 2016 to March 8, 2018
KTabulator, Research project, University of Waterloo, 2020
An interaction system to gather data in a tabular format from Wikipedia and DBpedia.
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
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.
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).
Graduate Student Representative, Women in Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Founder and coordinator, Inspiring Female Buetian Book Club
October 23, 2021: Our demo paper "Demonstration of GRainDB: A Relational-core Graph-Relational DBMS" got accepted on CIDR 2021!
June 20, 2021: Presented our paper "R2GSync and Edge Views: Practical RDBMS to GDBMS Synchronization" on GRADES-NDA 2021 @SIGMOD. Slides
June 20-25, 2021: I will be attending SIGMOD 2021.
June 08, 2021: Presented our work on 2021 WHJIL Workshop
May 12 and 13, 2021: Presented my first CHI Paper!
May 8-13, 2021: Attending Virtual CHI 2021.
April 26, 2021: Workshop paper accepted on GRADES-NDA'21!
April 09, 2021: Held my first PhD seminar. Details are here: Link.
Me These Days ...
Currently Reading: Awareness (Author: Anthony de Mello), Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age (Author: William Powers)
Currently Watching: Squid Game, MAID, House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths
Books: The Art of Letting Go, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other (Author: Sherry Turkle)
Talks and Documentaries: David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet, Tiger King, Street Food, Rotten
Web Series: Sex Education, Anne with an E