Graduate Research Assistant in the VIS Lab at Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University.
Advisor: Professor Michelle A. Borkin
Research focus: Theory and methods of design studies in Data Visualization with an aim to broaden the understanding and practical implementation of design studies for novice students. Besides benefitting the visualization community, the broader impact goal of this research focus is to introduce and encourage the idea of visualization for social good. Enabling novice students to perform design studies in their undergraduate/graduate level visualization courses empowers them to help the community they live in by collaborating and working with community partners and meeting their data and visualization needs through design studies.
Undergraduate Research on a project titled “Visual behavior analysis between neuro-typical children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”
Advisor: Dr. Md Atiqur Rahman Ahad
Project Description: The main objective of this project was to analyze the visual behavior differences between TD (typically developing) children and children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The study used 12 children with ASD and 12 control children to investigate their visual behavior in smooth pursuit, saccadic eye movement and face processing mechanisms. The smooth pursuit experiment contained animations of objects moving horizontally across the screen and the saccadic test contained animations of predicable and non-predictable saccades. The third test contained images of seven different emotions. To attain the gaze data, Tobii EyeX Controller was used, and the data was obtained, processed and analyzed in MATLAB.
Academic Technology Scholar (Summer 2022)
Responsibilities: The AT scholars are a critical component of expanding the university's adoption and use of academic technology in the delivery of courses, whether in-classroom, online, or hybrid. As an AT Scholar, I worked in Academic Technologies alongside a team of AT Scholars, graduate student staff, and Instructional Technologists to help support faculty with integrating and using technology to support teaching and learning. AT Scholars work included supporting virtually drop-in hours, consulting with faculty, collaborating with CATLR, and working on a semester-long project to create a resource for the Northeastern community.
Full time teacher (substitute English literature and English language teacher) in Maple Leaf International School, Bangladesh (01/2012 to 10/2012)
Projected to teach Data Science 4200: Information Presentation & Visualization (Spring 2023)
Teaching Assistant in Data Science 4200: Information Presentation & Visualization (Fall 2022)
Teaching Assistant in Data Science 4200: Information Presentation & Visualization (Spring 2022)
Teaching Assistant in Data Science 4200: Information Presentation & Visualization (Fall 2021)
Service-Learning Teaching Assistant in Data Science 4200: Information Presentation & Visualization (Spring 2021)
Teaching Assistant in Data Science 4200: Information Presentation & Visualization (Fall 2019)
Outreach and Volunteering Experience
Program Committee member for IEEE VIS 2021 Workshop on Visualization for Social Good
Program Committee member for IEEE VIS 2022 Workshop on Visualization for Social Good
Collaborated with a local neighborhood association called Chester Square Neighbors to help them with their data and visualization needs through a design study project in a graduate course on Data Visualization (CS 7250 - Information Visualization: Theory and Applications). Volunteered in the neighborhood association to get a better understanding of the problems they faced regarding their neighborhood park that was in the need for renovation and improved facilities, but the association members lacked concrete data-driven evidence to present to the City Council. The design study project in collaboration with the neighborhood association was aimed to provide necessary data-driven visualizations to the community partners in order to facilitate better communication and presentation of the problems they were facing regarding their park, which in turn would help them get the attention from the City council for funding. (Spring 2019)
Volunteered and taught Data Visualization (delivered a lecture on “Common mistakes in Data Visualization” and taught the basics of Tableau) in the Multi-media CS course at Boston Latin Academy. (Spring 2019)
Volunteered at the International Conference on Imaging, Vision & Pattern Recognition (ICIVPR 2017)
Volunteered at the International conference on Informatics, Electronics and vision conference (ICIEV 2014)
Qualitative Survey design, Grounded Theory, Qualitative
and Quantitative Evaluation, User-Centered
Design, Experimental design, Data Analysis,
Latex, Design study theory and implementation,
Replication study framework, developing visualization
theory and methods.
Data Science and Visualization
D3.js, Tableau, SciPy (pandas, NumPy & Matplotlib), MATLAB, Altair, Microsoft Excel
Figma, Adobe Illustrator, Rapid prototyping, Microsoft Powerpoint, Presentation design and delivery, Task Analysis, Survey-design, Sketching
Web and Databases
Responsive Web Design, Node.js, Firebase, MongoDB, SVG, HTML, CSS
Programming Languages and Design
Information Visualization, Human Computer Interaction,
Algorithms, Advanced Algorithms, Intensive Computer
Systems, Machine Learning, Special Topics in Data
Awards and Fellowships
Best Paper Award at CHI 2020 for the paper Design Study "Lite" Methodology: Expediting Design Studies and Enabling the Synergy of Visualization Pedagogy and Social Good(Paper Link)
1-year Graduate Fellowship Award from the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University. This fellowship is awarded to top admitted PhD candidates in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments.
Academic Technology Scholar fellowship.
This semester-long fellowship is a practicum
course and training to help support faculty with
integrating and using technology to support
teaching and learning
- “Novel Framework For Implementing Design Studies Wins Best Paper At CHI 2020”, Khoury News, Northeastern University (May 28, 2020)
Link to Article
Design Study "Lite" Methodology: Expediting Design Studies and Enabling the Synergy of Visualization Pedagogy and Social Good
Syeda, U.H., Murali, P., Roe, L., Berkey, B. and Borkin, M.A.
[In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-13).
Evaluating the Effect of Timeline Shape on Visualization Task Performance
Di Bartolomeo, S., Pandey, A., Leventidis, A., Saffo, D., Syeda, U.H., Carstensdottir, E., Seif El-Nasr, M., Borkin, M.A. and Dunne, C.
[In Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-12).
A State-of-the-Art Survey of Tasks for Tree Design and Evaluation with a Curated Task Dataset
Pandey, A., Syeda, U.H., Shah, C., Guerra-Gomez, J.A. and Borkin, M.A.
[Conditionally accepted with major revision at IEEE TVCG (Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics)]
Visual face scanning and emotion perception analysis between autistic and typically developing children.
Syeda, U.H., Zafar, Z., Islam, Z.Z., Tazwar, S.M., Rasna, M.J., Kise, K. and Ahad, M.A.R.
[UbiComp '17 Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (Mental Health: Sensing and Intervention workshop), Pages 844-853, Maui, Hawaii,USA — September 11 - 15, 2017.
Towards Identification and Mitigation of Task-Based Challenges in Comparative Visualization Studies
Pandey, A., Syeda, U. H., & Borkin, M. (2020).
Chester Square Park: A Case Study of Visualization for Social Good using Design Study “Lite” Methodology
Syeda, U.H., Murali, P. and Borkin, M.A.
[IEEE VIS Conference, held October 2019 in Vancouver, Canada.]