Shaikh Shawon Arefin Shimon

Lecturer & On Leave

Ph. D, Computer Science, University of Waterloo (Ongoing)
Waterloo, ON, Canada (Sep 2021 – Present)

M.S, Computer Science, Colorado State University (CSU)
Fort Collins, CO, USA

B.Sc, Computer Science And Engineering (CSE), Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Office hours:

On leave from fall 2021.


I joined North South University in Summer 2018 as a Full-time faculty of Computer Science in Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE). After graduating with a B.Sc in CSE from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2011 – I spent nearly 10 years in Academia & Industry in various roles spanning from Software Engineer to Teaching/Research Assistant & Faculty. Currently I am on leave from NSU to pursue a Ph.D in Computer Science at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. More info about my current research group can be found here.

Before joining as a Computer Science faculty in NSU – I worked in various software engineering roles in Mobile Devices (Samsung Electronics, Dhaka, Bangladesh) and Electronic Design Automation (Keysight Technologies , Santa Rosa, CA, USA) industry.

I also spent time as a graduate research assistant working in Mobile Interaction / HCI area in Ruiz Lab under supervision of Dr. Jaime Ruiz while pursuing my masters at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO USA. As a Graduate Research Assistant in Ruiz Lab (Currently in University of Florida, Gainsville) – I published & presented first author conference papers at CHI 2016 (San Jose, CA) and MobileHCI 2015 (Copenhagen, Denmark). At CSU, I also worked as a teaching assistant in Computer Science Department from Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 teaching Computer Organizations (Dr. Chris Wilcox, Jack Applin) and Java (Dr. Asa-Ben Hur, Dr. Charles Anderson).

I am well experienced in Agile SCRUM/XP/Kanban, Incremental / RAD / V-model Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Software Version Controlling, Software Project Management / Bug tracking / Quality Assurance process, and well-acquainted with Continuous Integration / Deployment (CI/CD) & build automation process. As a software engineer – I received best employee award at SRBD for Software Development work on Samsung Rex 70 Middle East Asia (MEA) release in 2013.

If you are thinking about approaching me for a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) for graduate school or professional reference, please read this guideline.

I can be reached via the following emails outside of NSU:

  • skshimon[at]alumni[dot]colostate[dot]edu
  • ssarefin[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

Research Areas

Research Interests

Data Science & Analytics : Data Visualization & Interaction, Data Pipeline
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) : Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Large Screen Surface Displays (Tabletops, Public Display, Automotive displays), Mobile & Wearable Devices & Interaction.
Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) : Collaborative Educational Technology
 Societal Computing : Computing Technology & Policy, Computing for Social Good


If you are interested in working with me, send me an email at <shaikh[dot]shimon[at]northsouth[dot]edu> .
Please read the guideline for communicating with me as a current NSU student.

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Selected Publications

Conference Papers
  • Shaikh Shawon Arefin Shimon , Courtney Lutton , Zichun Xu ,Sarah Morrison-Smith , Christina Boucher , Jaime Ruiz, “Exploring Non-touchscreen gestures for smartwatches,” CHI '16 , 2016
  • Shaikh Shawon Arefin Shimon , Sarah Morrison-Smith , Noah John , Ghazal Fahimi , Jaime Ruiz, “Exploring User-Defined Back-Of-Device Gestures for Mobile Devices,” MobileHCI'15, 2015
  • Mohammad Rayed, Tawfique Elahi, SHAIKH SHAWON AREFIN SHIMON, Nova Ahmed, “MFS Design in Appstore-enabled Smart Featurephones for Low-literate, Marginalized Communities,” CHI2023, 2023

Professional Activity

Career coordinator, School of Engineering & Physical Science (SEPS)
Career & Placement Center (CPC), North South University
(June 2018- June 2020)