Maitraye Das


I am a PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior (joint PhD program in Computer Science and Communication Studies) at Northwestern University. I work in the CollabLab with my awesome advisor Professor Darren Gergle. I also closely work with Professor Anne Marie Piper in the Inclusive Technology Lab. Prior to Northwestern, I received BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. My research interests lie in Human-Computer Interaction, Accessibility, Assistive Technology, and Social Computing. Specifically, I enjoy studying and designing inclusive technologies to support mental and physical well-being of people with disabilities. My current project focuses on facilitating creative expression of people with visual impairments.

Apart from academic activities, I have always been passionate about music. Whenever I get time, be it during a journey or before going to bed, I listen to music and sing along. I am also very much into traveling and adventures. Now and then I try to get a break from my busy schedule and set out for a tour with friends and family.

Recent News
  • Oct 2017: Received Student Travel Grant to volunteer at UbiComp/ISWC'18 in Singapore! Will talk about my research at the Broadening Participation Workshop!
  • Sep 2018: Will be presenting at Grace Hopper Celebration at Houston, Texas. Received Student Scholarship!
  • Jul 2018: Our paper on genomic privacy received the best paper award at COMPSAC 2018
  • Dec 2017: Paper on Autism Support Smart Technology accepted at CHI 2018
  • Dec 2017: Presented paper on Post-partum Social Networking at ICCIT 2017
  • Aug 2017: Recorded a song for 'Arunodoyer Usha'- a production by Kantho:BUET.
  • Aug 2017: Moved to Chicago!
  • Apr 2017: Accepted PhD offer from the TSB program at Northwestern University.
  • Mar 2017: Reviewed faculty scholarship applications of GHC 2017
  • Jan 2017: Got Married!


Peer-reviewed Conferences
  • Maitraye Das , Nusrat Jahan Mazumder, Sharmin Afrose, Khandaker Ashrafi Akbar, and Tanzima Hashem, "A Novel Secret Sharing Approach for Privacy-Preserving Authenticated Disease Risk Queries in Genomic Databases," in the 42nd IEEE International Conference on Computers, Software, and Applications (COMPSAC 2018), Tokyo, Japan, July 2018. [Best Paper] [slides]

  • Moushumi Sharmin, Monsur Hossain, Abir Saha, Maitraye Das , Margot Maxwell, and Shamim Ahmed, "From ​Research ​to Practice: ​Informing ​the ​Design ​of Autism ​Support ​Smart ​Technology," in the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), Montreal, Canada, April 2018.

  • Abir Saha and Maitraye Das , "Impact of Social Networking on Post-Partum Depression in Women: An Analysis in the context of Bangladesh," in the 20th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT), Dhaka, Bangladesh, December, 2017.

  • Maitraye Das , Sunandita Sarker, Syeda Lammim Ahad, "A Novel Health Support System with Biometric Data Acquisition Device," in the 19th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT), Dhaka, Bangladesh, December, 2016.

  • Fatema Khan, Maitraye Das , Ahiya Ahammed, "PurpleAid: An mHealth platform to combat health hazards of women," in IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Medical Engineering, Health Informatics, and Technology (MediTec), Dhaka, Bangladesh, December, 2016.

  • Maitraye Das , "Understanding Collaborative Writing Practices of People with Visual Impairments," to be presented in the Broadening Participation Workshop, UbiComp/ISWC'18, Singapore, October 2018.

  • Maitraye Das , "Towards Understanding the Effects of Social Networking on Postpartum Depression in Women: An Analysis in the Context of Bangladesh," to be presented in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Houston, Texas, USA, September 2018. [pdf]

  • Fatema Khan, and Maitraye Das , "SafeTeens: An SMS-based System to Monitor Children’s Internet Activity," accepted in the ACM Student Research Competition at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Houston, Texas, USA, October, 2016.

  • Maitraye Das , Sharmin Afrose, and Tanzima Hashem, "Protecting Genomic Privacy in Medical Tests using Distributed Storage," accepted in the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Houston, Texas, USA, October 2015. [pdf] [poster]

  • Maitraye Das , Sunandita Sarker, and Shahina Ferdous, "SpeechAid: A Self-treatment System for Individuals with Speech Disorder via Mobile Application," presented in the Grace Hopper Celebration India, Bangalore, India, November, 2014. [pdf] [poster] [Best Technical Poster]





Northwestern University
Frances Searle Building, #2-431
2240 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208, USA

maitraye [at] u [dot] northwestern [dot] edu