Hi! I’m Abir. I am a PhD student in Technology and Social Behavior (TSB), a joint Computer Science and Communication Studies program at Northwestern University. I work in the Inclusive Technology Lab with Prof. Anne Marie Piper.
Previously, I completed my Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and obtained my Bachelor degree (B.Sc.) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
My research interests include Human-Computer Interaction, Accessibility and Assistive Technology. In my research, I study and design tools to support creative work practices of people with disabilities.
I love traveling and photography. Backpacking through Western Europe, New Zealand and Patagonia is on my long-term travel bucket list. I have backpacked across the lovely country called Japan, and I plan to go back again. Through my camera and lens, I try to capture the juxtaposition of architecture, nature and humans as I travel through places and time.
ACCESSIBILITY IN AUDIO PRODUCTION FOR PEOPLE WITH VISION IMPAIRMENTS
Advisor: Anne Marie Piper
In this project, I’m interested in understanding how people with vision impairments use mainstream and custom-made software and hardware tools to produce audio content. Taking their current work practices into account, I aim to design accessible tools to support their workflow.
DESIGN OF SMART TECHNOLOGIES FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Advisors: Shameem Ahmed and Moushumi Sharmin
In this project, we did a systematic literature review and qualitative coding of scholarly articles regarding smart technologies (wearables, smartphones, VR devices etc.) designed to support autistic children. We devised a set of design implications to guide the development of autism support smart technologies.
DEVELOPMENT OF TESTING METHODS FOR VEHICLE ROAD DEPARTURE MITIGATION SYSTEMS
Advisor: Stanley Chien
In this project sponsored by Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center, I worked on the development of standard testing equipment and methods to evaluate the performance of Road Departure Mitigation systems of self-driving vehicles.
Press release: [IUPUI]
Peer-reviewed Conference Papers
Abir Saha and Anne Marie Piper. Understanding Audio Production Practices of People with Vision Impairments. In Proceedings of the 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2020), Virtual Event, Greece, October 2020.
Best Paper Nominee
Lin Li, Abir Saha, Seeta Ram Pandey, Yaobin Chen, Stanley Chien, and Rini Sherony. Infrared Reflectance Requirements of Metal Guardrail Surrogates for the Evaluation of Vehicle Road Departure Mitigation Systems. In 2019 IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Auckland, New Zealand, October 2019. [IEEE Xplore]
Moushumi Sharmin, Monsur Hossain, Abir Saha, Maitraye Das, Margot Maxwell, and Shameem Ahmed. From Research to Practice: Informing the Design of Autism Support Smart Technology. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), Montreal, Canada, April 2018. [ACM DL]
Abir Saha and Maitraye Das. Impact of Social Networking on Post-Partum Depression in Women: An Analysis in the Context of Bangladesh. In Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT), Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2017. [IEEE Xplore]
Tahsin Reasat, Abir Saha, and Md. Forkan Uddin. Cognitive Radio Network with Coordinated Multipoint Joint Transmission. In International Journal of Communication Systems (IJCS), March 2017. [Wiley]
Thomas B. McHugh, Abir Saha, David Bar-El, Marcelo Worsley, and Anne Marie Piper. 2020. Towards Inclusive Streaming: Building Multimodal Music Experiences for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In CHI ’21: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 08–13, 2021, Online Virtual Conference.
Rini Sherony, Stanley Yung-Ping Chien, Qiang Yi, Jun Lin, Abir Saha, Yaobin Chen, and Chi-Chih Chen. Surrogate for concrete divider. US Patent 10597835, March 2020. [USPTO]
Rini Sherony, Stanley Yung-Ping Chien, Qiang Yi, Jun Lin, Abir Saha, Yaobin Chen, and Chi-Chih Chen. Surrogate for metal guardrail. US Patent 10689818, June 2020. [USPTO]
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abir [at] u [dot] northwestern [dot] edu