New date for WHAT 2013 has been declared: 10th March 2014. We appreciate for your patience.


Here is the tentative session schedule for WHAT.

Session 1: 9.00 AM – 10.30 AM

Session Chair: Dr. Nova Ahmed


1. Ishrat Ahmed, Samiha Samrose, Anika Anwar, Hasan Shahid Ferdous, Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed Kallol, and Md. Md Mustafizur Rahman. Types of Autistic Children Identification and Implementation in e-Learning Software

2. S M Taiabul Haque, Tauhidul Alam, Mamoon Al-Rasheed, and Matthew Wright. Password Construction and Management Strategies of the Online Users of Bangladesh: A Demographic Comparison with the Users of the First-World Countries

Tea Break: 10.30 AM – 11.00 AM

Session 2: 11.00 AM – 1.00 PM

Session Chair: Dr. Nasim Mahmud


1. Samiul Monir, Sabirat Rubya Bittamoni, and Hasan Shahid Ferdous. Parent-child Facebook Friendship: an Actuator for Generation Gap

2. Saif Ahmed, Tanvir Anik, Mashrura Tasnim, and Hasan Shahid Ferdous. SNS Search in Under-Developed Countries – Survey and Statistical Analysis

3. Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed (Kallol Ahmed) , Maruf Zaber, Mehrab Bin Morshed, . Md Habibullah Bin Ismail, and Sharmin Afrose. Incorporating Collaboration into the Design of Mobile Phones for the People with Low Literacy

Lunch Break: 1.00 PM – 2.30 PM

Session 3: 2.30 PM – 4.00 PM

Session Chair: Dr. Sifat Momen


1. Rahat Yasir and Nova Ahmed. Beetles: A Mobile Application to Detect Crop Disease for Farmers in Rural Area

2. Saif Ahmed, Md. Azharul Islam, and Hasan Shahid Ferdous. MassFeed for Developing Countries: Our Opinion, Our Voice

Tea Break: 4.00 PM – 4.30 PM


Md. Iftekhar Tanveer

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)



Automatic recognition of facial expressions is a key challenge for enabling computers in engaging natural interactions with humans. It has applications in many fields, such as, affective computing, accessible assistive technology, human centered computations, robotics, psychology, cognitive science etc. Consequently, it is being considered as a major field of research in computer vision for the last few decades.

Although some algorithms like Eigenface became successful in recognizing identities as early as 1991 in limited scope, the general problem of detection and identification of face and facial gestures in natural environment remained elusive as late as 2005. The problem was particularly hard due to the deformable structure of the face. Fortunately, with the advent of statistical and probabilistic techniques, significant success has been achieved lately.

In this hour long tutorial, we’ll learn different aspects of facial expression recognition. The tutorial will be divided in three parts. In the first part, we’ll see demos of different face detection techniques to have a qualitative comparison between them. In the middle part, we’ll briefly discuss the mathematical theories, probabilistic modeling and rough sketches of the algorithms. In the last part, we’ll observe some recent applications of face and facial expression recognition. In this tutorial, I’ll not assume any specific knowledge as prerequisite. Nevertheless, some preliminary idea on algorithm, statistics and probability will be rendered helpful for complete comprehension.


Md. Iftekhar Tanveer is a PhD student in Human Centered Computing (HCC) at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), USA. He is also a graduate teaching assistant in the department of Information Systems. Mr. Tanveer completed his undergrad in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Bangladesh in 2007. He earned his Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in 2011 from University of Memphis, USA. Mr. Tanveer’s research interest is in Human Computer Interaction, specially applied in the field of accessible computing. He is particularly interested to build assistive solutions for people with visual impairments by leveraging techniques from Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

New date for WHAT 2013 has been declared: 10th March 2014. We appreciate for your patience.


What is WHAT?

Workshop on Human And Technology (WHAT) is going to be co-located with 16th International Conference on Computer and Information Technology (ICCIT), 2013 at Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh. This workshop will introduce a new platform in Bangladesh for bridging the gap between the theory and practice of Information Technology for improving the quality of human life.

Aims and Scope:
It has long been observed that the burgeoning growth of technology is not always going in parallel with the rate of improvement in the quality of human life. This leads us to the question, whether the path of innovation and scientific research is directed toward the real life problems. While the research on innovative technology should gain the technical accomplishments, it has also to be rationalized by the necessity of human life. This particular point opens up the opportunities for having a combined platform of sharing ideas among the researchers dealing with human factors and the researchers with technical expertises. So, WHAT 2013 has been designed to perform as a chamber of fusion of different problems and challenges from human domain and ideas and solutions from technical and non-technical standpoints. We invite people from a diverse backgrounds to participate and share their ideas by presenting papers, posters, projects or by participating in discussions.
Relevant topics of this workshop include but are by no means limited to:
  • Affective Computing
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Ubiquitous/ Pervasive Computing
  • Usable Security, privacy
  • ICT Development
  • Intelligent Input/Output
  • Language Technologies
  • Social Network
  • Context Aware Systems
  • Accessibility
  • Personal and Social Robotics
  • Entertainment Computing
  • Recommender Systems
  • Persuasive Technologies
  • Education and Learning Technologies
  • Cross-Cultural Computing
Both papers and posters are invited for this workshop.
Papers: Papers should present original works, not published or submitted for reviews to any other journal or conference. Papers could present innovative solutions, theoretical frameworks, case studies, interesting surveys or a novel problem. Papers should not exceed 6 pages following the same format as suggested by ICCIT conference website. Check the following link for author guidelines:
Posters: Posters should present a brief but exciting idea or implementation. For the poster, the authors are suggested to submit a 2-page article describing their works. The formatting of the pages should follow the same format as suggested by ICCIT conference website. Check the following link for author guidelines:
However, the authors should also submit a poster describing their work which will be displayed and presented during the workshop.
Both the papers and posters will be peer-reviewed and the accepted ones will be indexed in IEEE Digital Explore.
Submission Due (Both for the papers and the posters): July 31, 2013 [Extended]
Notification: October 31, 2013
Camera Ready Due: TBA

Tentative Date of the Workshop: December 23, 2013

Advisory Committee:
Shamsi Tamara Iqbal, Microsoft Research, USA
Jalal  Mahmud, IBM Research, USA
Technical Program Committee:
Nova Ahmed, North South University, Bangladesh
M Eunus Ali, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh
Sujoy Kumar Chowdhury, MIT Media Lab, USA
Rubaiat Habib, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Tanzima Hashem, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh
Md. Munirul Haque, University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA
M Ehsan Hoque, MIT Media Lab, USA
Nasim Mahmud, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh
Mashfiqui Rabbi, Cornell University, USA
Awalin Sopan, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Naushad UzZaman, Nuance Communication, USA
Enamul Hoque, University of British Columbia, Canada
Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, Cornell University, USA
Hasan Shahid Ferdous, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh
Sifat Momen, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh