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University of Toronto

Computer Science

27 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S, Canada

Research Interests

Human-Computer Interaction, Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD), Social Justice


Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto and the Director of the ‘Third Space” research group. He is also a graduate faculty member of the School of Environment, a Faculty Fellow at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, and a Senior Fellow at Massey College. Ishtiaque’s research focuses on the design challenges around strengthening the ‘voices’ of marginalized communities worldwide. He conducted ethnography and built technologies with many underprivileged communities in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, China, Canada, and the US. Ishtiaque received his Ph.D. and Master’s from Cornell University in the USA and his Bachelor’s from BUET in Bangladesh. He received the International Fulbright Science and Technology Fellowship, Fulbright Centennial Fellowship, and Schwartz Reisman Institute Fellowship, among others. His research has been funded by all three branches of Canadian tri-council research (NSERC, CIHR, SSHRC), NSF, NIH, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Intel, Samsung, the World Bank, UNICEF, and UNDP, among others.


Connaught Early Researcher Award

International Fulbright Science and Technology Fellowship

Intel Social Computing Fellowship

Massey College Fellowship

Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society Fellowship

Fulbright Centennial Fellowship