Mariana Shimabukuro

Graduate Student

I am a Masters student in Computer Science, and my current project aims to investigate the best method to abbreviate words in order to fit them better in visualizations.

I have some experience in the industry where I worked with natural language processing (NLP) regarding extraction of named entity recognition (NER) in the context of law cases corpora in portuguese.

I have also worked with educational technologies applied to introducing programming techniques using robotics. During my undergraduate studies, I joined a group called GISDI, which develops applications for mobile robotics in an educational environment. This environment is taken to schools where programming lessons are given.

While still in university for my undergraduate degree, I was granted a scholarship by the Brazilian government,  named Science Without Borders. Through this scholarship, I was able to spend my third year of undergraduate studies in Canada at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology – UOIT. As an exchange student, I attained a summer position at vialab and started working on my word abbreviation studies.

In 2015, I graduated from the University of State of Sao Paulo – UNESP in Brazil with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

In my spare time, I like going to the gym; lifting weights, building muscle and doing some HIIT cardio (mostly sprinting). Well, I try to be as fit as I can. Once I am a food lover, I work out hard so I can eat more!


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2015. Shimabukuro, “Simulador e Biblioteca em Processing para o AEDROMO,” Bachelor’s Thesis, 2015. [PDF]

  • E. Alexander, C. Chang, M. Shimabukuro, S. Franconeri, C. Collins, and M. Gleicher, “The Biasing Effect of Word Length in Font Size Encodings,” IEEE InfoVis 2016, 2016. Honorable Mention for Best Poster.
    [Bibtex] [PDF]
    author = {Eric Alexander and Chih-Ching Chang and Mariana Shimabukuro and Steven Franconeri and Christopher Collins and Michael Gleicher},
    title = {The Biasing Effect of Word Length in Font Size Encodings},
    venue = {IEEE InfoVis 2016},
    note = {Honorable Mention for Best Poster},
    year = 2016
  • M. Shimabukuro and R. Pegoraro, “Simulador do Ambiente Educacional Didático de Robôs Móveis – AEDROMO,” in Anais do 5o Workshop de Robótica Educacional – WRE 2014, 2014, p. 73,78.
    [Bibtex] [PDF]
        author = {Mariana Shimabukuro and Rene Pegoraro},
        title = {Simulador do Ambiente Educacional Didático de Robôs Móveis - {AEDROMO}},
        booktitle = {Anais do 5o Workshop de Robótica Educacional - {WRE} 2014},
        month = oct,
        year = 2014,
        ISBN = 978-85-7669-292-8,
        publisher = {Sociedade Brasileira de Computação - {SBC}},
        editor = {Luiz Marcos Garcia Gonçalves and Rafael Vidal Aroca},
        pages = {73,78}


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