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2021 Class of CIFellows

Sara Abdali

Sara Abdali

Primary Affiliation 
University of California, Riverside

Research Title
Multimodal Adversarially-Robust Misinformation Detection

Research Description
The main objective of this project is to develop multimodal adversarially-robust misinformation detection models.

Mentor
Srijan Kumar

Host Institution
Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Ben Abramowitz

Ben Abramowitz

Primary Affiliation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Title
Learning Through Accountability

Research Description
Our goal is to demonstrate the effects of the distribution of power on learning in multi-agent systems and to design mechanisms that take advantage of this relationship to improve learning.

Mentor
Nicholas Mattei

Host Institution
Tulane University

Taslima Akter

Taslima Akter

Primary Affiliation
Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing

Research Title
Towards Designing the Accessible and Privacy Enhanced Remote-communication Applications

Research Description
This project aims to understand the privacy and accessibility challenges people with visual impairments face during remote learning and teleworking in ability-diverse collaboration.

Mentor
Anne Marie Piper

Host Institution
University of California Irvine

 

  

Kevin Bello

Kevin Bello

Primary Affiliation
Purdue University

Research Title
Statistical and Computational Approaches to Learning Invariant, Causal Representations for Robust Prediction

Research Description
By leveraging recent advances in machine learning and non-parametric statistics, this project aims to develop new principled methods for robust and invariant prediction, causal inference, and fair machine learning.

Mentor
Byron Aragam

Host Institution
University of Chicago

 

Prajakta Belsare

Prajakta Belsare

Primary Affiliation
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Research Title
Modeling and Predicting Health Behaviors with Pervasive Wearable Devices

Research Description
The objective of our research is to leverage wearable device data to model and predict health behaviors associated with variant outcomes in diabetes management.

Mentor
Temiloluwa Prioleau

Host Institution
Dartmouth College

Jasmine Berry

Jasmine Berry

Primary Affiliation
University of Southern California

Research Title
Factor Graph Models of Theory of Mind for Machine Cognition in Collaborative Robots

Research Description
This research will advance and implement cognitive processes from Theory of Mind (ToM), based on previously developed mathematical models of probabilistic inference, into a robust computational framework for robotic decision making.

Mentor
Odest Chadwicke Jenkins

Host Institution
University of Michigan

 

 

Alexis Block

Alexis Block

Primary Affiliation
ETH Zurich

Research Title
Mobile Social-Physical Human-Robot Interaction and Embodiment

Research Description
Through hardware and software upgrades to “Stretch,” a human-safe co-robot created by Hello Robot, we seek to create a low-cost, easily deployable, teleoperated system that allows its human operators to interact fully and feel like an equally embodied agent from anywhere in the world. Specifically, our work seeks to enable medically vulnerable populations to engage in community activities, allow remote workers to perform physical, dexterous tasks from anywhere in the world, and enable loved ones to provide affective touch to infected and medically vulnerable individuals.

Mentor
Veronica Santos

Host Institution
University of California, Los Angeles

Francisco Castro

Francisco Castro

Primary Affiliation
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Research Title
Investigating the Design of Embodied AI Ethics Education in Dance Computing Spaces

Research Description
My research focuses on the design, development, and evaluation of AI tools, technologies, and curricular resources that integrate computing and embodied practices such as dance and enable targeted discourse around the ethics of AI.

Mentor
Kayla DesPortes

Host Institution
New York University

Kiante Brantley

Kiante Brantley

Primary Affiliation
University of Maryland

Research Title
Ranking Decisions Aren’t Independent: Algorithms for Learning to Rank, Sequentially

Research Description
We will study both theoretical and practical aspects of learning-to-rank recommendation system problems, proposing methodologies with theoretical guarantees and practical benefits for sequential decision-making in the recommendation system.

Mentor
Thorsten Joachims

Host Institution
Cornell University

Janelle Clark

Janelle Clark

Primary Affiliation
Rice University

Research Title
Collaborative Strategy Communication with Haptic Feedback in Human-Robot Interactions

Research Description
Increase user trust of exoskeletons for more seamless collaboration by communicating control strategy changes with wearable haptic devices.

Mentor
Holly Yanco

Host Institution

University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Ceara Byrne

Ceara Byrne

Primary Affiliation
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Title
A Learning Framework for Implantable Electronics Capable of Long-Term, Continuous Bio-Signals Monitoring

Research Description
My research aims to contribute a learning-based framework that incorporates interstitial glucose, cardiac rhythms, and blood pressure to diagnose, intervene, and provide interpretable feedback to patients and their doctors using implantable electronics.

Mentor
Giovanni Traverso

Host Institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Craige

Michael Craige

Primary Affiliation
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Research Title
Computation Approaches to Predict Optimal Drug Combinations in Prostate Cancer

Research Description
I will develop new computational biology algorithms to uncover the transcriptional mechanisms of resistance to anti-androgen treatment in prostate cancer – specifically castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and identifying drugs and drug combinations that inhibit these mechanisms.

Mentor
Antonina Mitrofanova

Host Institution
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Mallesham Dasari

Mallesham Dasari

Primary Affiliation
Stony Brook University, SUNY

Research Title
Improving the Quality of Experience of Internet-based Multimedia Applications

Research Description
The project explores the challenges and opportunities of AI-powered video compression for next generation Internet applications.

Mentor
Feng Qian

Host Institution
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Sami Davies

Sami Davies

Primary Affiliation
University of Washington

Research Title
Moving Beyond Worst-case Analysis in Scheduling

Research Description
Scheduling algorithms designed from the lens of beyond worst-case optimization have the potential for great impact, as we can consider only inputs that are more likely to occur in practice in the case of structured inputs or consider using machine learned predictions that are actually available to practitioners.

Mentor
Samir Khuller

Host Institution
Northwestern University

Matthew Drescher

Matthew Drescher

Primary Affiliation
Université libre de Bruxelles

Research Title
Design and Implementation of GPU-Friendly Graph Data Structures

Research Description
We will design and implement a graph data structure on the GPU that is aware of the structural theme of the underlying graph and then integrate this work into Gunrock, a widely used graph analytics framework.

Mentor
John Owens

Host Institution
University of California, Davis

 

Kuan Fang

Kuan Fang

Primary Affiliation
Stanford University

Research Title
Robot Learning via Automated Creation of Tasks

Research Description
The project aims to tackle a series of interdisciplinary research on improving generalization via co-adaption of the control algorithms and robotic tasks. Built upon recent advances in active learning, curriculum learning, and procedural content generation, our approaches aim to automatically create suitable tasks in simulation and the real world to scale up deep learning for building robotic intelligence. And in turn, the semantics and difficulty of the created tasks continuously adapt in accordance with the learned model.

Mentor
Sergey Levine

Host Institution
University of California, Berkeley

Rebecca Faust

Rebecca Faust

Primary Affiliation
University of Arizona

Research Title
Interactive Semantic Explanations for Deep Learning Visualizations

Research Description
This project will enable human-AI interactions to inject human expertise into deep learning systems and create explanatory visualizations of the effects of those interactions on the systems in the context of text analysis tasks.

Mentor
Chris North

Host Institution
Virginia Tech

 

 

 

Adriane Fernandes Minori

Adriane Fernandes Minori

Primary Affiliation
University of California, San Diego

Research Title
Engineering Interactive Devices and Interfaces using Programmable Morphing Materials

Research Description
Engineering interactive devices and interfaces using programmable morphing materials towards ubiquitous and embodied computing.

Mentor
Lining Yao

Host Institution
Carnegie Mellon University

Sainyam Galhotra

Sainyam Galhotra

Primary Affiliation
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Title
Designing a Privacy-aware Fair Trade Marketplace for Data

Research Description
The goal of this project is to design a fair trade marketplace as a novel data sharing paradigm that can address the unique challenges in the path of meaningful and equitable commoditization of data.

Mentor
Raul Fernandez

Host Institution
University of Chicago

Ali Ghanbari

Ali Ghanbari

Primary Affiliation
University of Texas, Dallas

Research Title
Decomposition of Deep Neural Networks into Modules

Research Description
This project will investigate a comprehensive approach for more modular deep learning.

Mentor
Hridesh Rajan

Host Institution
Iowa State University

Anitha Gollamudi

Anitha Gollamudi

Primary Affiliation
Harvard University

Research Title
Gradual Verification of Applications using Trusted Execution Environments

Research Description
My research proposes to leverage the secure hardware features such as the Trusted Execution Environments (TEEs) for the gradual verification of software applications using a sound and secure framework.

Mentor
Zhong Shao

Host Institution
Yale University

Leah Horgan

Leah Horgan

Primary Affiliation
University of California, Irvine

Research Title
Smart Sensing as Relational Sensing: Environmental Data Justice in Boston and Beyond

Research Description
This project reimagines existing EPA environmental air pollution screening tools and data collection practices through a relational approach that more accurately reflects differential levels of accountability with regard to often overlooked factors of environmental, economic, and historical harm in the production of polluted spaces, and points us toward desired, environmentally just futures.

Mentor
Sara Wylie

Host Institution
Northeastern University

Layne Hubbard

Layne Hubbard

Primary Affiliation
University of Colorado, Boulder

Research Title
Designing Playful Child-Agent Interactions to Support Creativity, Reflection, and Resilience

Research Description
Through collaborative partnerships with early childhood media groups, we co-design inquisitive conversational agents for books, toys, and TV shows

Mentor
Mark Warschauer

Host Institution
University of California, Irvine

Andrew Hundt

Andrew Hundt

Primary Affiliation
Johns Hopkins University

Research Title
Democratizing Access: Natural Cooperation between Diverse Human Populations and Learning Agents

Research Description
Our objective is to develop human and technical principles, processes, metrics, and algorithms that advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the development of computational methods for Robotics and AI.

Mentor
Matthew Gombolay

Host Institution
Georgia Institute of Technology

Umar Iqbal

Umar Iqbal

Primary Affiliation
University of Iowa

Research Title
Personalized Problematic Ad Filtering

Research Description
The project aims to lay a foundation for an improved online advertising ecosystem that will benefit users, publishers, and advertisers, alike.

Mentor
Franziska Roesner

Host Institution
University of Washington

Shweta Jain

Shweta Jain

Primary Affiliation
University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Title
Parameterized and Practical Graph Algorithms

Research Description
Extending class-based graph algorithms to graphs near that class using structural rounding.

Mentor
Blair Sullivan

Host Institution
University of Utah

Gayithri Jayathirtha

Gayithri Jayathirtha

Primary Affiliation
University of Pennsylvania

Research Title
Designing for Teacher Preparation at the Intersection of Social Justice and Computing

Research Description
The proposed project will involve co-designing Exploring Computer Science curricular unit with experienced computing teachers to integrate social justice issues.

Mentor
Joanna Goode

Host Institution
University of Oregon

Emmanuel Johnson

Emmanuel Johnson

Primary Affiliation
University of Southern California

Research Title
Towards A More Diverse and Impactful Distributive Learning Classroom Experience

Research Description
This project seeks to explore how distributive classrooms can be leveraged to study collaborative problem solving and increase the representation of HBCU students in Artificial Intelligence.

Mentor
Yolanda Gil

Host Institution
University of Southern California

Anne Jonas

Anne Jonas

Primary Affiliation
University of California, Berkeley

Research Title
Exploring Networks of Care and Solidarity in the Design of Virtual Schooling

Research Description
This project will use participatory research to investigate how members of historically marginalized communities perceive virtual schooling currently and envision and implement alternative future tools that promote care and solidarity.

Mentor
Jean Hardy

Host Institution
Michigan State University

Swapna Joshi

Swapna Joshi

Primary Affiliation
Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing

Research Title
Community-Oriented and Socio-culturally Sensitive – Sidewalk Autonomous Delivery Robots

Research Description
This research would examine how the introduction of Sidewalk Autonomous Delivery Robots (SADRs) re-configures or re-shapes urban public life, people’s use of public spaces, socio-cultural norms, social interactions, and emergent activities facilitated by the affordances of public spaces. It aims to incorporate perspectives and needs of the community and local stakeholders through the use of participatory approaches to design new socio-culturally sensitive interactions and uses for SADRs.

Mentor
Narges Mahyar

Host Institution
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Sushrut Karmalkar

Sushrut Karmalkar

Primary Affiliation
University of Texas, Austin

Research Title
An Algorithmic Theory of Robust Learning

Research Description
We aim to dramatically expand the current algorithmic toolkit for robust statistics to fill existing theoretical gaps as well as answer practical questions.

Mentor
Ilias Diakonikolas

Host Institution
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Saba Kawas

Saba Kawas

Primary Affiliation
University of Washington

Research Title
Leveraging Emotion Sensing Technologies to Foster Social-Emotional Wellbeing for Neurodiverse Teens

Research Description
My research aims to explore the potential of emotion-sensing technologies in promoting emotional awareness and supporting social-emotional learning skills for neurodiverse teens.

Mentor
Lana Yarosh

Host Institution
University of Minnesota

Sualeh Khurshid

Sualeh Khurshid

Primary Affiliation
Texas A&M University

Research Title
Statistics and Dynamics of Extreme Events in Fluid Turbulence: High-performance Exact Computations and Data-driven Modeling

Research Description
Development of fundamental understanding and data-driven reduced order modeling of extreme events in fluid flows using direct numerical simulations.

Mentor
Themistoklis Sapsis

Host Institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nurit Kirshenbaum

Nurit Kirshenbaum

Primary Affiliation
University of Hawaii

Research Title
Physical Visualizations for Geo-Spatial Data

Research Description
The goal of this project is to explore effective data communication of geo-spatial data in tangible/digital hybrid systems that incorporate physical terrain models as an added layer of context.

Mentor
Jason Leigh

Host Institution
University of Hawaii

Tiffany Knearem

Tiffany Knearem

Primary Affiliation
Pennsylvania State University

Research Title
Supporting Older Adults’ Mental Health Needs in the Aftermath of COVID-19

Research Description
We will use participatory methods to investigate how mutual aid groups can operate as a socio-technical system of care to address older adults’ mental health needs in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Mentor
Elizabeth Eikey

Host Institution
University of California, San Diego

Adam Li

Adam Li

Primary Affiliation
Johns Hopkins University

Research Title
Causal Reinforcement Learning with Unknown Causal Structure: An Application to Treatment of Drug-Resistant Epilepsy Patients

Research Description
The development of causal inference methods that will work to estimate the unknown causal structure leveraging experimental and observational data.

Mentor
Elias Bareinboim

Host Institution
Columbia University

Yun Li

Yun Li

Primary Affiliation
George Mason University

Research Title
Utilizing Deep Learning and Multi-Source Earth Observations for Air Quality Data Reconstruction and Downscaling

Research Description
This research will bring together the powerful learning capability of deep learning models and a diverse set of earth measurements, including both in-situ and satellite-based observations, to estimate air quality at a finer spatial-temporal scale.

Mentor
Liang Zhao

Host Institution
Emory University

Tianyu Liu

Tianyu Liu

Primary Affiliation
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Title
Approximation Algorithms for Counting and Sampling Delta-Matroids and More

Research Description
We aim to develop approximate counting and sampling algorithms for delta-matroids, which are combinatorial objects that describe the instances where local search is guaranteed to find an optimal solution in polynomial time.

Mentor
Nima Anari

Host Institution
Stanford University

Zoey Liu

Zoey Liu

Primary Affiliation
University of California, Davis

Research Title
Data-driven Evaluation for Crosslinguistic Low-resource NLP

Research Description
Develop evaluation methods and language technology for low-resource settings across languages.

Mentor
Emily Prud’hommeaux

Host Institution
Boston College

Samiha Marwan

Samiha Marwan

Primary Affiliation
North Carolina State University

Research Title
Teaching Students to Decompose Problems through Subgoals

Research Description
To promote students’ learning and affective outcomes in programming classrooms, we will build a tool that scaffolds students in decomposing a programming task into a set of subgoals’ labels and self-explain them, which we will then evaluate in classroom studies, across different populations.

Mentor
Briana Morrison

Host Institution
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Stephen McAleer

Stephen McAleer

Primary Affiliation
University of California, Irvine

Research Title
Finding Nash Equilibria in Large Two-Player Games

Research Description
I will explore methods to compute approximate Nash equilibria in large two-player zero-sum games and will also explore using machine learning for market design.

Mentor
Tuomas Sandholm

Host Institution
Carnegie Mellon University

Mehran Mirramezani

Mehran Mirramezani

Primary Affiliation
University of California, Berkeley

Research Title
A Learning-based Approach to the Design of Multistable Structures

Research Description
The goal of this project is to develop machine learning techniques for the rapid design of multistable structures and automate an important emerging engineering paradigm at the interface between computer science, robotics, and mechanical engineering.

Mentor
Ryan P. Adams

Host Institution
Princeton University

Kenneth Boyenah Nimley

Kenneth Boyenah Nimley

Primary Affiliation
Drexel University

Research Title
The Future of Work: Designing socio-technical systems for acceptance and adoption

Research Description
This project aims to build a comprehensive understanding of socio-technical systems used in social work practices and examine how the introduction of AI, ML, and other automation processes is shaping the future of casework.

Mentor
Aditya Johri

Host Institution
George Mason University

Tapti Palit

Tapti Palit

Primary Affiliation
Stony Brook University, SUNY

Research Title
Towards Secure Browsers

Research Description
The CIFellowship Research Project will explore various novel static analysis approaches to facilitate efficient and fine-grained privilege-separation in web browsers and other Javascript and Web Assembly environments.

Mentor
Pedro Fonseca

Host Institution
Purdue University

Sunoo Park

Sunoo Park

Primary Affiliation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Title
Legal, Ethical, and Technical Perspectives on Privacy and Security

Research Description
Focusing on security and privacy, our project aims to address key societal challenges from development and deployment of digital technologies, through academic and policy work across computer science, law, and ethics.

Mentor
Helen Nissenbaum

Host Institution
Cornell Tech

Denis Peskov

Denis Peskov

Primary Affiliation
University of Maryland

Research Title
Applying Natural Language Processing to Understand Organizational Decision Making

Research Description
This project will use tools from natural language processing to analyze communication from a variety of organizational domains and create general tools for interdisciplinary work

Mentor
Brandon Stewart

Host Institution
Princeton University

Vincent Peta

Vincent Peta

Primary Affiliation
South Dakota State University

Research Title
Prediction of Protein Structure and Function to Identify Novel Mechanisms of Resistance to Vector-Borne Pathogens in Insects

Research Description
Determining structure-function of proteins that are active when bacterial pathogens and bed bugs interact and how infection of bed bugs may occur.

Mentor
Etienne Gnimpieba

Host Institution
University of South Dakota

Lauren Pick

Lauren Pick

Primary Affiliation
Princeton University

Research Title
Program Synthesis for Machine Learning with Small Datasets

Research Description
The goal of the proposed research is to use program synthesis to automate the generation of labeling functions, which can minimize the amount of training data required for machine learning.

Mentor
Aws Albarghouthi

Host Institution
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Raghavendra Pradyumna Pothukuchi

Raghavendra Pradyumna Pothukuchi

Primary Affiliation
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Research Title
Computing Systems for Quantum Cognition

Research Description
This work will develop the infrastructure to support the field of quantum cognition using existing quantum computers and will also propose efficient classical-quantum hybrid architectures, thus enabling the understanding of human cognition more accurately than ever before.

Mentor
Abhishek Bhattacharjee (and Jonathan Cohen)

Host Institution
Yale University

Ghulam Jilani Quadri

Ghulam Jilani Quadri

Primary Affiliation
University of South Florida

Research Title
Developing Perceptual Framework for Task-Optimized Visualization

Research Description
This project will construct a visualization framework that considers both human perceptions for encoding techniques and the task being performed, optimizing visualization design for better quality, maximize efficiency, and higher confidence in decision-making that gives objective guidance for designers.

Mentor
Danielle Albers Szafir

Host Institution
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Lana Ramjit

Lana Ramjit

Primary Affiliation
University of California, Los Angeles

Research Title
Scaling Clinical Computer Security via Service Learning

Research Description
Using the Clinic to End Tech Abuse as a model, we aim to modularize and deploy a ‘clinical security toolkit’ that will allow organizations to launch their own clinics that provide direct technological counseling to survivors of abuse.

Mentor
Nicola Dell

Host Institution
Cornell University

Tatiana Ringenberg

Tatiana Ringenberg

Primary Affiliation
Purdue University

Research Title
Increasing Global Resilience by Empowering Individuals Online

Research Description
The aim of my project is to identify and combat cognitive biases and heuristics which make individuals vulnerable to manipulative processes online in the cyber crime and medical domains.

Mentor
Jean Camp

Host Institution
Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing

Michael Rivera

Michael Rivera

Primary Affiliation
Carnegie Mellon University

Research Title
Computationally-Supported Craft: Design Tools for Sustainable Smart Textiles Manufacturing

Research Description
In this project, we investigate integrating sustainable design practices into design tools for textile craft workers and manufacturing processes to reduce waste output from smart textiles.

Mentor
Laura Devendorf

Host Institution
University of Colorado, Boulder

Amrita Roy Chowdhury

Amrita Roy Chowdhury

Primary Affiliation
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Research Title
Privacy in the 21st Century: Challenges and Solutions

Research Description
The landscape of data privacy has completely changed in the 21st century ranging from collection of data with unique structural constraints to new dimensions of privacy, such as the right to delete; the goal of my project is to examine and meet the privacy needs for emerging applications. 

Mentor
Kamalika Chaudhuri

Host Institution
University of California, San Diego

Gourav Saha

Gourav Saha

Primary Affiliation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Title
Scheduling and Learning Algorithms for Millimeter Wave Communication

Research Description
The objective of this proposal is to design scheduling and learning algorithms for millimeter-wave communication in order to address various challenges arising due to highly directional beams, susceptibility to blockage, and the highly non-stationary nature of channel states.

Mentor
Xiaojun Lin

Host Institution
Purdue University

Jean Salac

Jean Salac

Primary Affiliation
University of Chicago

Research Title
Centering Students & Teachers in Justice-Focused CS Education

Research Description
This project explores two research questions: (1) What are middle and high school teacher and student perceptions of CS’s power and peril in their lives and society? and (2) How do different types of schools and communities influence student perceptions of and attitudes towards CS’s role in their lives and society?

Mentor
Amy J Ko

Host Institution
University of Washington

Shruti Sannon

Shruti Sannon

Primary Affiliation
Cornell University

Research Title
Envisioning a More Inclusive Gig Economy for Workers with Disabilities

Research Description
This project will explore ways to support equitable outcomes and access to work for workers with disabilities in digitally-mediated labor contexts.

Mentor
Tawanna Dillahunt

Host Institution
University of Michigan

Joseph Seering

Joseph Seering

Primary Affiliation
Carnegie Mellon University

Research Title
Combating the Spread of Disinformation on Encrypted Messaging Apps

Research Description
This project tackles the challenges of handling disinformation in end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms, and will involve creating, testing, and deploying an application for Android mobile phones that privately notifies users of disinformation links they receive through the encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram.

Mentor
Michael Bernstein

Host Institution
Stanford University

Nasim Sonboli

Nasim Sonboli

Primary Affiliation
University of Colorado, Boulder

Research Title
Toward Creating Responsible Information Access Systems

Research Description
I will be investigating the practicality of GDPR’s data minimization principle and studying its relationship and tradeoff with fairness in information access systems.

Mentor
Bert Huang

Host Institution
Tufts University

David Tench

Primary Affiliation
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Title
Processing Massive Graph Streams Using Disk-Friendly Sketching

Research Description
I will design algorithms for computing properties of truly massive graph streams by developing linear-sketching-based techniques which can efficiently make use of modern fast storage, vastly increasing the scale of graph data streams that can be processed with today’s hardware.

Mentor
Martin Farach-Colton

Host Institution
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jerald Thomas

Jerald Thomas

Primary Affiliation
University of Minnesota

Research Title
Exploring Augmented Reality Facilitated Collaborative Ideation for Remote Brainstorming Tasks

Research Description
We will examine different techniques for facilitating remote brainstorming tasks using augmented reality.

Mentor
Doug Bowman

Host Institution
Virginia Tech

Wil Thomason

Wil Thomason

Primary Affiliation
Cornell University

Research Title
Scaling Integrated Task and Motion Planning Under Uncertainty

Research Description
The objective of this project is to study scalable approaches to efficiently solving robot planning problems from high-level specifications in the presence of sensing, actuation, and action model uncertainty, to move toward robots that are helpful for non-expert users in realistic settings.

Mentor
Lydia Kavraki

Host Institution
Rice University

Jesus del Carmen Valdiviezo Mora

Jesus del Carmen Valdiviezo Mora

Primary Affiliation
Duke University

Research Title
Predicting Chemical Reactivity in Microdroplets with Equivariant Neural Networks

Research Description
This project aims to develop a new class of equivariant neural networks to predict novel chemical reactivity in microdroplet environments.

Mentor
Teresa Lyn Head-Gordon

Host Institution
University of California, Berkeley

Jessica Vandenberg

Jessica Vandenberg

Primary Affiliation
North Carolina State University

Research Title
Promoting Understanding of Artificial Intelligence with Interactive Narratives in Upper Elementary Grades

Research Description
The project will create story-centric plugged and unplugged activities to support upper elementary student learning of AI concepts as well as develop a set of self-report and multiple-choice instruments for assessing student attitudes and understanding around AI.

Mentor
Bradford Mott

Host Institution
North Carolina State University

Troi Williams

Troi Williams

Primary Affiliation
University of South Florida

Research Title
Integrating State-Dependent Sensor Measurement Models and Risk-Aware Planning

Research Description
We aim to develop a novel active perception and planning framework for multi-robot teams that balances computation time and model prediction accuracy, enabling the team to dynamically alter its behavior depending on the current or future situation.

Mentor
Pratap Tokekar

Host Institution
University of Maryland

Le Xu

Le Xu

Primary Affiliation
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

Research Title
Towards Next Generation Serverless Cloud

Research Description
My postdoctoral study will involve discussing and implementing serverless platforms to support new applications (stateful serverless applications) and new infrastructures (heterogeneous cloud).

Mentor
Aditya Akella

Host Institution
The University of Texas, Austin

Fumeng Yang

Fumeng Yang

Primary Affiliation
Brown University

Research Title
Supporting Decision-Making in Times of Uncertainty: Visualizing Probabilistic Forecasts over Time

Research Description
This project will design and evaluate visualizations of a single forecast and multiple probabilistic forecasts, all updated over time, to support individual-level decision-making under uncertainty.

Mentor
Matthew Kay

Host Institution
Northwestern University

Wanrong Zhang

Wanrong Zhang

Primary Affiliation
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Title
Theory and Practice of Private Statistical Learning

Research Description
This project focuses on challenges range from fundamental private statistical learning and estimation theory to the privacy of large-scale deployment.

Mentor
Salil Vadhan

Host Institution
Harvard University

Jieyu Zhao

Jieyu Zhao

Primary Affiliation
University of California, Los Angeles

Research Title
Understanding and Intervening on Societal Biases in Natural Language Processing

Research Description
My research is about understanding the societal biases in existing machine learning models and proposing corresponding methods to intervene on model’s behavior to reduce those biases.

Mentor
Hal Daumé III

Host Institution
University of Maryland