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 study leave (Fall 2021 – Present).


I joined ECE, NSU as a full-time faculty in April 2018. Before joining NSU ranks, I was a software engineer in Mobile devices and Electronic Design Automation industry across US and Asia for 6+ years. I obtained my B.Sc in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technolgy (BUET); and went on to obtain an MS in Computer Science from Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. During my time at CSU Fort Collins, I worked as a research assistant in Mobile Human-Computer Interaction area at Ruiz HCI Lab (Presently relocated to University of Florida Gainsville, USA) under Dr. Jaime Ruiz. Besides working as a full-time faculty at NSU ECE – I also worked as a Co-ordinator for School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (SEPS) at NSU Career and Placement Center (CPC), leading industry-academia collaboration for School of Engineering from 2018 to 2020.

Currently, I am on academic leave from North South University to pursue a Doctoral degree in Computer Science at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. More info about my current research area and research group can be found here.


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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If you already have done a course under him/her,  you are well aware of the faculty’s supervision style and the faculty is well aware of your potential as a hard worker.


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)