Aimen Gaba

HCI and Information Visualization Researcher


Hi and welcome!

I am a Computer Science PhD student at University of Massachusetts Amherst (joined Fall 2021), working under the supervision of Cindy Xiong. I also collaborate with Prof. Yuriy Brun. My research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction and Data Visualization. Specifically, I am interested in exploring the idea of visual design and it’s affect on fairness, trust, and bias in Machine Learning Models. My interests also lie in making technology that is accessible and inclusive.

Before embarking on my PhD journey, I worked for about 2 years after completing my bachelors in Computer Science from Lahore University of Management Sciences (Lahore, Pakistan) advised by Suleman Shahid. During this time, I worked on creating and designing educational games for children (2D and 3D), and as a UX/UI designer for multiple educational institutes.

Apart from work, I am a true foodie i.e., love to try out and cook new dishes, do food photography, and bake in my free time (I make killer brownies, if I may say so myself)! I have a special place for cats in my heart and my favourite form of exercise is swimming. I love to travel and explore new places but you may also find me in my corner reading a book or most likely re-watching the Harry Potter movie series.


May 17, 2024 I passed my Qualifying Exam (Portfolio) with a distinction (the entire faculty votes and only a few receive this honour)! I’m officially a PhD Candidate!
Nov 30, 2023 Excited to announce that I will be joining Adobe Research as a Research Scientist/Engineer Intern in Summer 2024 working with Ani Nenkova!
Jul 15, 2023 Full paper accepted to IEEE VIS 2023! Read pre-print here.
Jul 9, 2023 Spent 2 weeks as a Visiting Research Student with the Data Interaction Group at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy working with Dominik Moritz and Frank Elavsky! Exciting work coming soon, stay tuned!
Aug 1, 2022 Paper accepted to IEEE VIS BELIV Workshop 2022 (Elhamdadi et al.)