Mariam Guizani PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 77297
Walter Light Hall, Room: 403

Expertise: Software Engineering, Open-Source Software, Diversity and Inclusion, Human-Computer Interaction
Mariam Guizani
Biography Research Teaching Publications

Dr. Mariam Guizani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen’s University.  She holds a PhD and second MSc from Oregon State University and was a Fulbright fellowship recipient. Additionally, she holds a BSc and a MSc degree in software engineering. At the intersection of Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction, her research centers around improving the state of Diversity and Inclusion in complex socio-technical ecosystems such as Open Source. More specifically, her research focuses on designing processes and tools to help Open-Source Software (OSS) communities make their projects more inclusive and attract and retain contributors.  The broader impact of her work applies to academia, industry, and large OSS organizations. Dr. Mariam Guizani has worked together with Google and the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) for several years to understand communities’ experiences and needs. Her research at Microsoft Research was recognized by GitHub for its contribution to the currently deployed GitHub Discussion Dashboard, GitHub Blocks, and their future roadmap. Dr. Mariam Guizani has also collaborated with Foundations and departments such as Wikimedia, and Oregon State University IT department to empower communities to dismantle cognitive barriers in software. Her research has been published at both ACM and IEEE conferences including Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) and Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE). Dr. Mariam Guizani has been invited to present her work at both Academic and Industry venues including ICSE, CSCW, Google, GitHub, ApacheCon , and the Linux Foundation Open-Source Summit.

  • Software Engineering
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Empirical Methods in Software Engineering
  • Machine Learning for Software Engineering
  • Open-Source Software
  • Equity Diversity and Inclusion

ELEC 376: Software Development Methodology


C7 Rules of Engagement: Why and How Companies Participate in OSS

M Guizani, A A Castro-Guzman, I Steinmacher, A Sarma

2023 IEEE/ACM 45th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) 


C6 Attracting and Retaining OSS Contributors with a Maintainer Dashboard

M Guizani, T Zimmermann, A Sarma, D Ford

2022 IEEE/ACM 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE – SEIS), 36-40


C5 Perceptions of the State of D&I and D&I Initiative in the ASF

M Guizani, B Trinkenreich, A A Castro-Guzman, I Steinmacher, M Gerosa, A Sarma

2022 IEEE/ACM 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE – SEIS), 130-142


C4 How to Debug Inclusivity Bugs? A Debugging Process with Information Architecture

M Guizani, I Steinmacher, J Emard, A Fallatah, M Burnett, A Sarma

2022 IEEE/ACM 44th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE - SEIS), 90-101


C3 The Long Road Ahead: Ongoing Challenges in Contributing to Large OSS Organizations and What to Do

M Guizani, A Chatterjee, B Trinkenreich, ME May, GJ Noa-Guevara, LJ Russell, GG Cueva Zambrano, D Izquierdo-Cortazar, I Steinmacher, MA Gerosa, A Sarma

2021 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 5 (CSCW), 1-30


C2 Hidden Figures: Roles and Pathways of Successful OSS Contributors

*Honorable mention award 

B Trinkenreich, M Guizani, I Wiese, A Sarma, I Steinmacher

2020 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction 4 (CSCW), 1-22


C1 AID: An automated detector for gender-inclusivity bugs in OSS project pages 

A Chatterjee, M Guizani, C Stevens, J Emard, ME May, M Burnett, I Ahmed, A Sarma 

2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), 1423-1435




J3 Pots of Gold at the End of the Rainbow: What is Success for Open Source Contributors

B Trinkenreich, M Guizani, IS Wiese, T Conte, M Gerosa, A Sarma, I Steinmacher

2022 IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), 3940-3953


J2 Being a Mentor in Open Source Projects

I Steinmacher, S Balali, B Trinkenreich, M Guizani, D Izquierdo-Cortazar, GG Cuevas Zambrano, MA Gerosa, A Sarma

2021 Journal of Internet Services and Applications 12 (1), 1-33


J1 Exploration and Visualization of Patterns underlying Multi-Stakeholder Preferences in Watershed Conservation Decisions Generated by an Interactive Genetic Algorithm

AD Piemonti, M Guizani, M Babbar-Sebens, E Zhang, S Mukhopadhyay 2021 Water Resources Research 57 (5)


Abstracts and Magazines

M1 Gender Inclusivity as a Quality Requirement: Practices and Pitfalls

M Guizani, L Letaw, M Burnett, A Sarma

2020 IEEE Software 37 (6), 7-11


A1 Visual Analytics for Identifying Patterns in High-dimensional Decision and Objective Spaces of User-Preferred Conservation Plans

M Guizani, M Babbar-Sebens, E Zhang, AD Piemonti, S Mukhopadhyay

2018 International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software

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