Farzana Rahman

Visiting Assistant Professor, Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University
farahman AT fiu.edu

Research Interest

Mobile and pervasive health technologies; Computer science education; Impact of active learning pedagogy in undergraduate CS courses; Factors for success in CS1; Effectiveness of online and inverted classrooms; and Broadening participation of women and underrepresented students in CS.

More about me

Before joining FIU SCIS, I served as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Computer Science for four years at James Madison University (VA). I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Marquette University in Wisconsin. I completed my BSc in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in Bangladesh. I am the founder of CS4VA initiative, a one-day CS outreach program dedicated to build a Virginia statewide network to create a diverse and expanded CS K-12 pipeline. I am also the co-founder of Bangladeshi Women in Computer Science and Engineering (BWCSE), which aims to elevate the status of Bangladeshi women in computing research by assisting them to achieve their career and professional goals. I directed the first Computer Science REU Program in James Madison University. You can learn more about the REU program here. I am the winner of the ABI sponsored Systers PIO (Pass-It-On) award and NCWIT educator grant.


Experience

Visiting Assistant Professor

School of Computing and Information Sciences

Florida International University
Jan 2018 - Present

Assistant Professor

Director, Mobile and Embedded Systems (MEMS) Lab

James Madison University
Aug 2013 - Dec 2017

Freshman Advisor

Department of Computer Science

James Madison University
Aug 2013 - Aug 2014

Education

Ph.D. in Computer Science

Marquette University, WI, USA
2013

MS in Computer Science

Marquette University, WI, USA
2010

BSc in Computer Science and Engineering

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
2008

Research

My research spans the domains of mobile healthcare, healthcare data analytics, and pervasive health technologies. Broadly, my research focuses on integrating mobile and pervasive technologies in health and wellness environments to improve users’ quality of life, mental and physical wellbeing. My research also expands in the direction of mobile security, information and communication technology for development (ICT4D), CS education, K-12 instructions and outreach, broadening participation in computing, best practices in undergraduate research, and how different pedagogical practices can increase diversity in CS.


Note for Potential Students

I am actively recruiting stduents, both at undergrad and grad level to work on different research projects. If you are interested to work with me or take an independent study course, please send me an email or stop by my office hour. My schedule fills up 2 weeks in advance (3-4 weeks towards the end of the semester), so please plan accordingly and for faster response use email to communicate with me.

Past students

  • Marissa Halpert (Joined iStrategyLabs)
  • Jamie Martin (Joined ASM Research)
  • Jing Feng (Joined Columbia University)
  • Karina Bekova (Joined FireEye, Inc.)
  • Susan Chatfield (Joined National Sojourners Inc)
  • Laura Vandyuke (Joined AECOM)

Teaching

Note to potential learning assistants

Every semester, I am looking for potential students interested to serve as a paid learning assistant for the courses I am teaching. If you are interested to work with me as an LA, please fill this form. If you want to know more about LA program at FIU, please visit this page.


Florida International University

Spring 2019
Fall 2018
  • COP 2210: Computer Programming I
  • CDA 4101: Structured Computer Organization
Summer 2018
  • COP 2210: Computer Programming I
  • CDA 4101: Structured Computer Organization
Spring 2018
  • COP 2210: Computer Programming I
  • CDA 4101: Structured Computer Organization

James Madison University

Spring 2017
  • CS159: Advanced Object Oriented Programming
  • CS685: Secure Mobile Computing
Fall 2016
  • CS139: Object Oriented Programming
Spring 2015
  • CS240: Data Structure with C++
  • CS480: Mobile Application Development
Fall 2014
  • CS139: Object Oriented Programming
Spring 2014
  • CS240: Data Structure with C++
  • CS139: Object Oriented Programming
Fall 2013
  • CS139: Object Oriented Programming

Selected Recent Publications

Please visit my DBLP for more recent publication list

2018


  • Farzana Rahman. Integrating Project-Based Learning in Mobile Development Course to Enhance Student Learning Experience. In Proceedings of the the 19th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education (SIGITE), Ft Lauderdale, FL, October 2018.
  • Farzana Rahman. Leveraging Visual Programming Language and Collaborative Learning to Broaden Participation in Computer Science. In Proceedings of the the 19th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education (SIGITE), Ft Lauderdale, FL, October 2018.
  • Saiyma Sarmin, Nafisa Anzum, Kazi Hasan Zubaer, Farzana Rahman, A. B. M. Alim Al Islam. Securing Highly-Sensitive Information in Smart Mobile Devices through Difficult-to-Mimic and Single-Time Usage Analytics. To Appear In Proceedings of the 15th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems, Computing, Networking and Services (MobiQuitous),November 2018.
  • Farzana Rahman. From App Inventor to Java: Introducing Object-oriented Programming to Middle School Students Through Experiential Learning. In Proceedings of the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE), Salt Lake City, UT, July 2018.
  • Farzana Rahman, Perry Fizzano, Evan M. Peck, Shameem Ahmed, and Stu Thompson: How to Build a Student-Centered Research Culture for the Benefit of Undergraduate Students. To appear ACM SIGCSE 2018. (Abstract only)
  • Farzana Rahman, Mohsen Dorodchi: Effective POGIL Implementation Approaches in Computer Science Courses. To appear ACM SIGCSE 2018. (Abstract only)
  • Farzana Rahman, Healthy Hankerings: Motivating Adolescents to Combat Obesity with a Mobile Application. To appear 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2018.

2017


  • Farzana Rahman, Helen H. Hu, Dennis Brylow, Clif Kussmaul: Bringing Undergraduate Research Experience in Non-R1 Institutions. ACM SIGCSE 2017: 671-672
  • Farzana Rahman, Md. Endadul Hoque, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed: AnonPri: A secure anonymous private authentication protocol for RFID systems. Elsevier Journal of Inf. Sci. 379: 195-210 (2017)
  • A. K. M. Jahangir Alam Majumder, Yosuf ElSaadany, Mohammed ElSaadany, Donald R. Ucci, Farzana Rahman: A wireless IoT system towards gait detection in stroke patients. IEEE PerCom Workshops 2017: 449-454
  • Farzana Rahman, Md. Zakirul Alam Bhuiyan, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed: A privacy preserving framework for RFID based healthcare systems. Elsevier Journal of Future Generation Comp. Syst. 72: 339-352 (2017)
  • Farzana Rahman, Susan Chatfield: Detecting Wandering Behaviour in Patients with Dementia with a Mobile Application. 2017 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC), Cambridge, MA, 2017. (Poster)
  • Farzana Rahman, Suzanne Matthews, Kelly A. Shaw, Andrea Danyluk: Can we really do it?: Conducting Significant Computer Science Research in Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) (Abstract Only). ACM SIGCSE 2017: 729

2016


  • Farzana Rahman, Ivor D. Addo, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Ji-Jiang Yang, Qing Wang: Privacy Challenges and Goals in mHealth Systems. Advances in Computers 102: 47-62 (2016). (.pdf)
  • Farzana Rahman. Improving Class Experience and Performance in CS1 Course Using JiTT and Peer Instruction. In proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (E-Learn 2016). Volume 2016, Number 1.
  • Sajeda Akter, Farzana Rahman, A. B. M. Alim Al Islam: Securing app distribution process of iOS exploiting the notion of authentic update. NSysS 2016: 1-8 [Best Paper Award] (.pdf)

2015
  • Farzana Rahman, Dee A. B. Weikle: Juggling the Jigsaw: Enabling CS1 Growing Enrollment and Diversity at Undergraduate Institutions (Abstract Only). SIGCSE 2015: 694 (.pdf)
  • Farzana Rahman, Jennifer Stevens, Sharon Simmons: CS 4 Everyone: Diversifying the K-12 Pipeline for CS at College and High School Level (Abstract Only). SIGCSE 2015: 701 (.pdf)

2014
  • F. Rahman, M. O. Gani, G. M. T. Ahsan and S. I. Ahamed, "Seeing Beyond Visibility: A Four Way Fusion of User Authentication for Efficient Usable Security on Mobile Devices," Software Security and Reliability-Companion (SERE-C), 2014 IEEE Eighth International Conference on, San Francisco, CA, 2014, pp. 121-129. (.pdf)
  • Farzana Rahman and Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed. 2014. Efficient detection of counterfeit products in large-scale RFID systems using batch authentication protocols. Personal Ubiquitous Comput. 18, 1 (January 2014), 177-188. (.pdf)
  • Farzana Rahman, Drew Williams, Sheikh I. Ahamed, Ji-Jiang Yang, and Qing Wang. 2014. PriDaC: Privacy Preserving Data Collection in Sensor Enabled RFID Based Healthcare Services. In Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE 15th International Symposium on High-Assurance Systems Engineering (HASE '14). IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, USA, 236-242. (.pdf)
  • Farzana Rahman, Ivor D. Addo, and Sheikh I. Ahamed. 2014. PriSN: a privacy protection framework for healthcare social networking sites. In Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Research in Adaptive and Convergent Systems (RACS '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 66-71. (.pdf)

2013
  • Farzana Rahman, Md. Endadul Hoque, Sheikh I. Ahamed, and Mohammad Arif Ul Alam. 2013. Preserving User Privacy in Pervasive Environments with a Collaborative Model. In Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Seventh International Conference on Software Security and Reliability Companion(SERE-C '13). IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC, USA, 84-93. (.pdf)
  • Akm Jahangir Alam Majumder, Farzana Rahman, Ishmat Zerin, William Ebel, Jr., and Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed. 2013. iPrevention: towards a novel real-time smartphone-based fall prevention system. In Proceedings of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 513-518. (.pdf)
  • Farzana Rahman, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Ji-Jiang Yang, Qing Wang: PriGen: A Generic Framework to Preserve Privacy of Healthcare Data in the Cloud. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2013, Singapore, June 19-21, 2013.(.pdf)
  • Farzana Rahman, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed: Towards Improving Reliability of Computational RFID Based Smart Healthcare Monitoring Systems. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics, ICOST 2013, Singapore, June 211-217, 2013. (.pdf)
  • Farzana Rahman, Casey O’Brien, Colin Ostberg, Nahid Negar, Duc Do, Sheikh I. Ahamed, Roger Smith. Measuring Font Signage with a Smartphone Application for ADAAG Compliance Assessment. In Proceedings of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Conference (RESNA 2013), Bellevue, WA, USA, 2013. (.pdf)

Poster Publications
  • Paul Henninger, David Kegley, Keegan Sullivan, James Yoo, and Farzana Rahman. Healthy Hankerings: Obesity Control in Adolescent with Healthy Food Picker Mobile Application. In Grace Hopper Conference (GHC 2016).
  • Marissa Halpert and Farzana Rahman. D.I.G.I.T.A.L: DUKES INSPIRING GIRLS INTO TECHNOLOGY ACROSS LIMITS. Poster in ACM W Cleberation of Southeast Women in Computing Conference (SEWIC 2013).
  • Karina Bekova and Farzana Rahman. Reducing health inequities using a mobile based intervention for maternal and child healthcare in rural Bangladesh. Poster in ACM W Celebration of Capital Region Women in Computing Conference (CAPWIC 2013).
  • Aimee Cunningham, Laura VanDyke, and Farzana Rahman. LearnMyEmotion: Monitoring of Autism Spectrum Disorder using Mobile Devices. Poster in ACM W Celebration of Capital Region Women in Computing Conference (CAPWIC 2013).

Service

Program Committee Member

ACM SIGCSE 2014-2018, IEEE FIE 2018, IEEE COMPSAC 2013-2018, IEEE NSysS 2014-2018, IEEE DependSys 2015-2018, IEEE DCAS 2016-2017, IEEE STPSA 2014-2016, ACM RACS 2013- 2014, IEEE SocialCom 2015, Women in Cyber Security Conference (WiCyS) 2017, Grace Hopper Celebration 2014-2018

Co-Chair for Workshop

IEEE PerIoT 2017–2019 co-located with IEEE PerCom, IEEE ID&IS4TS 2018 co-located with IEEE ITSC, IEEE eIoT 2016–2017 and IEEE STPSA 2013-2015 co-located with IEEE COMPSAC

Co-Chair for Conference

Faculty Track of Grace Hopper Celebration 2018-2019, ACM-W Capital Area Celebration of Women in Computing (CAPWIC) 2015-2017


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