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.
Nafisa Anzum (2020). Systems for Graph Extraction from Tabular Data. MMath Thesis, UWSpace, September 2020.
Supervisor: Semih Salihoglu
Nafisa Anzum, Syeda Farzia Afroze, and Akm Rahman.
IEEE International Conference on Communications, May 2018.
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
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
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)
Graduate Student Representative, Women in Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Founder and coordinator, Inspiring Female Buetian Book Club
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 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
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