2010 Class of CIFellows

Jae-wook Ahn


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Information retrieval, human-computer interaction, and (adaptive) social network information visualization

CIFellowship Mentor: Ben Shneiderman

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Maryland at College Park

Current Title: Data Scientist

Current Affiliation: Drexel University

Alvin AuYoung


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of California at San Diego

Research Interests: Distributed systems, with a focus on resource allocation and scheduling

CIFellowship Mentor: Partha Ranganathan

CIFellowship Host Organization: Hewlett-Packard Labs

Current Title: Research Scientist

Current Affiliation: Hewlett-Packard Labs

Aruna Balasubramanian


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests: Systems and networking

CIFellowship Mentor: David Wetherall

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Washington

Robert Bocchino


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests: Programming language design, type theory, formal verification, and concurrency

CIFellowship Mentor: Jonathan Aldrich

CIFellowship Host Organization: Carnegie Mellon University

Current Title: Engineer

Current Affiliation: NASA/CalTech Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Lillian Chang


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests: Control, human motion simulation, humanoid robotics, and manipulation

CIFellowship Mentor: Dieter Fox and Joshua Smith

CIFellowship Host Organization: Intel Corporation and University of Washington

Current Title: Researcher

Current Affiliation: Intel Corporation

Yanhua Chen


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Wayne State University

Research Interests: Data mining, machine learning, and biomedical/health informatics

CIFellowship Mentor: Peter X.-K. Song

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Michigan

Marc Chiarini


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Tufts University

Research Interests: Provenance-aware troubleshooting, performance analysis, system configuration management, and tools for system adminstration

CIFellowship Mentor: Margo Seltzer

CIFellowship Host Organization: Harvard University

David Choffnes


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University:Northwestern University

Research Interests: Practical approaches for improving Internet realiability and performance

CIFellowship Mentor: Tom Anderson

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Washington

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Northeastern University

Tamara Clegg


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Educational technology

CIFellowship Mentor: Allison Druin

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Maryland at College Park

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: University of Maryland at College Park

Jyotirmoy V. Deshmukh


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: Formal methods, tools, and algorithms for the verification, analysis, synthesis, and repair of software systems

CIFellowship Mentor: Rajeev Alur

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Pennsylvania

Current Title: Researcher

Current Affiliation: Toyota Technical Center

Xiaoning Ding


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: The Ohio State University

Research Interests: Operating systems, computer architecture, distributed systems, and database systems

CIFellowship Mentor: Phillip Gibbons

CIFellowship Host Organization: Intel Labs – Pittsburgh

Current Title: Assistant Professor – Research Scientist

Current Affiliation: New Jersey Institute of Technology

David Doty


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Iowa State University

Research Interests: Theoretical computer science, particularly algorithmic information theory and computational complexity

CIFellowship Mentor: Erik Winfree

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California, Davis

Jenny Rose Finkel


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Stanford University

Research Interests: Natural language processing, machine learning, and probabilistic graphical models

CIFellowship Mentor: Michael Collins

CIFellowship Host Organization: Columbia University

Current Title: Research Engineer

Current Affiliation: Prismatic

S. Dov Gordon


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Maryland at College Park

Research Interests: Theoretical cryptography and practicial applications of secure computation in modern computing environments

CIFellowship Mentor: Tal Malkin

CIFellowship Host Organization: Columbia University

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: George Mason University

Elena Grigorescu


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University:Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Theoretical aspects of computer science, particulary property testing, sublinear algorithms, codes, and complexity theory

CIFellowship Mentor: Chris Peikert and Santosh Vempala

CIFellowship Host Organization: Georgia Institute of Technology

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Purdue University

Haryadi S. Gunawi


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Wisconsin at Madison

Research Interests: Cloud reliability and cloud storage

CIFellowship Mentor: Joseph M. Hellerstein

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Berkeley

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: University of Chicago

David Harmon


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Columbia University

Research Interests: Physical simulation, contact mechanics, numerical methods, modern geometry, and computing animation

CIFellowship Mentor: Denis Zorin

CIFellowship Host Organization: New York University

Current Title: Co-Founder

Current Affiliation: Startup

Timothy Havens


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Missouri

Research Interests: Pattern recognition and machine learning, with an emphasis on classification and clustering in large-scale and hetereogenous data

CIFellowship Mentor: Anil Jain

CIFellowship Host Organization: Michigan Technological University

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Michigan Technological University

Michael Hay


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Research Interests: Developing practical tools for privacy-preserving data analysis

CIFellowship Mentor: Johannes Gehrke

CIFellowship Host Organization: Cornell University

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Colgate University

Houman Homayoun


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of California at Irvine

Research Interests: Computer architecture including CAD and VLSI circuit design

CIFellowship Mentor: Dean M. Tullsen

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at San Diego

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: George Mason University

Daniel C. Howe


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: New York University

Research Interests: Computation, literature, and education

CIFellowship Mentor: Andy van Dam

CIFellowship Host Organization: Brown University

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: City University of Hong Kong

Shaili Jain


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Harvard University

Research Interests: Incentives in peer production and crowdsourcing systems, network economics, mechanism design, and contract theory

CIFellowship Mentor: Joan Feigenbaum

CIFellowship Host Organization: Yale University

Current Title: Software Engineer

Current Affiliation: Google

Saket Joshi


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Tufts University

Research Interests: Artificial Intelligence, particularly at the intersection of decision theoretic planning, knowledge representation, and machine learning

CIFellowship Mentor: Prasad Tadepalli

CIFellowship Host Organization: Oregon State University

Current Title: Technical Staff

Current Affiliation: Cycorp

Thomas R. Kiehl


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: Computational neuroscience

CIFellowship Mentor: Scott Tenenbaum

CIFellowship Host Organization: State University of New York at Albany

Current Title: Research Scientist

Current Affiliation: Neural Stem Cell Institute

Samantha Kleinberg


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: New York University

Research Interests: Causality, inference from complex data, and biomedical informatics

CIFellowship Mentor: George Hripcsak

CIFellowship Host Organization: Columbia University

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Stevens Institute of Technology

J. Zico Kolter


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Stanford University

Research Interests: Applying machine learning and control techniques to problems in energy and sustainability

CIFellowship Mentor: Russ Tedrake

CIFellowship Host Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University

Lukas Kroc


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Cornell University

Research Interests: New techniques and approaches for solving hard combinatorial problems, especially with application in artificial intelligence

CIFellowship Mentor: Allon Percus

CIFellowship Host Organization: Claremont Graduate University

Current Title: Research Scientist

Current Affiliation: SpaceX

Vijay S. Kumar


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: The Ohio State University

Research Interests: High-performance computing, distributed systems, performance modeling and evaluation, and big data

CIFellowship Mentor: Jay Wylie

CIFellowship Host Organization: Hewlett Packard Labs

Current Title: Computer Scientist

Current Affiliation: GE Global Research

Homin K. Lee


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Columbia University

Research Interests: Computational learning theory, combinatorics, and computational complexity

CIFellowship Mentor: Adam Klivans

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Texas at Austin

Current Title: Data Scientist

Current Affiliation: Datadog

Yuliya Lierler


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: Artificial intelligence, particulary in the areas of knowledge representation, automated reasoning, declarative problem solving, and natural language understanding

CIFellowship Mentor: Miroslaw Truszczynski

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Kentucky

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Xiaojuan Ma


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Princeton University

Research Interests: Augmented human-human and human-robot interactions

CIFellowship Mentor: Jodi Forlizzi

CIFellowship Host Organization: Carnegie Mellon University

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Amon Millner


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Human computer interaction, tangible user interface design, community organizing, and the learning sciences

CIFellowship Mentor: Lynn Andrea Stein

CIFellowship Host Organization: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Current Title: Visting Assistant Professor/Visiting Scientist

Current Affiliation: Olin College/MIT Media Lab

Arifa Nisar


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Northwestern University

Research Interests: High performance I/O systems, parallel I/O, and file systems

CIFellowship Mentor: Ethan Miller

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Santa Cruz

Current Title: Technical Staff

Current Affiliation: Salesforce.com

Amit Pande


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Iowa State University

Research Interests: Various aspects of multimedia systems including compression, communications, security, and architectures

CIFellowship Mentor: Prasant Mohapatra

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Davis

Current Title: Data Scientist/Researcher

Current Affiliation: Target/University of California, Davis

Sharoda A. Paul


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests: Human-computer interaction, computer supported cooperative work, social computing, and healthcare informatics

CIFellowship Mentor: Ed Chi and Peter Pirolli

CIFellowship Host Organization: Google and Palo Alto Research Center

Current Title: User Experience Researcher

Current Affiliation: Facebook

Brian Price


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Brigham Young University

Research Interests: Computer vision

CIFellowship Mentor: Scott Cohen

CIFellowship Host Organization: Adobe Systems

Current Title: Researcher

Current Affiliation: Adobe Systems

Dustin Reishus


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Southern California

Research Interests: Self-assembly and self-organization with emphasis on the theoretical foundations, fundamental limits, and potential applications of self-organizing systems

CIFellowship Mentor: Nikolaus Correll

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Colorado

Ricky J. Sethi


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of California at Riverside

Research Interests: Machine learning, computer vision, social computing, collaborative intelligence, financial modelling, science learning, and physics education research

CIFellowship Mentor: Jennifer Wortman Vaughan and Yolanda Gil

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Los Angeles and University of Southern California, Information Science Institute

Current Title: Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Current Affiliation: Fitchburg State University

Saurabh Srivastava


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Maryland at College Park

Research Interests: Theory and tools for program synthesis and program verification

CIFellowship Mentor: Rastislav Bodik

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Berkeley

Current Title: Founder and CEO

Current Affiliation: 20n

Muthuramakrishnan Venkitasubramaniam


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Cornell University

Research Interests: Cryptography and complexity, with focus on building theoretical foundations and techniques to secure protocols in the Internet, i.e., concurrent security

CIFellowship Mentor: Yevgeniy Dodis

CIFellowship Host Organization: New York University

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: State University of New York at Rochester

Erin Walker


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests: Adaptive technology for influencing student learning from collaboration

CIFellowship Mentor: Winslow Burleson

CIFellowship Host Organization: Arizona State University

Current Position: Assistant Professor (effective winter 2013)

Current Affiliation: Arizona State University

Susan P. Wyche


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Research focuses on human-computer interaction, interaction design, and cultural studies of technology

CIFellowship Mentor: Steven Harrison

CIFellowship Host Organization: Virginia Tech

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Michigan State University

Yinglong Xia


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Southern California

Research Interests: High performance computing, parallel algorithm design, and their applications in sparse solvers, graphical models, and machine learning problems

CIFellowship Mentor: Anshul Gupta

CIFellowship Host Organization: IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Current Title: Big Data Architect and Sr. Data Scientist

Current Affiliation: Huawei Research America, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.

Yang Xiang


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Kent State University

Research Interests: Biomedical informatics, computational biology, algorithms, graph theory, data mining, databases, and networks

CIFellowship Mentor: Kun Huang

CIFellowship Host Organization: The Ohio State University

Current Title: Research Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: The Ohio State University

Cem Yuksel


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Computer graphics

CIFellowship Mentor: Doug James

CIFellowship Host Organization: Cornell University

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: University of Utah

Ting Zhu


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of Minnesota

Research Interests: Energy-aware computing, embedded systems, network protocols and architecture, mobile computing, smart-grid, security, and wireless sensor networks

CIFellowship Mentor: Don Towsley

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Current Title: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: University of Maryland Baltimore County

Caroline Ziemkiewicz


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Ph.D.-Granting College/University: University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Research Interests: Information visualization for structuring a user’s thinking process

CIFellowship Mentor: David Laidlaw

CIFellowship Host Organization: Brown University

Current Title: Associate research engineer

Current Affiliation: Aptima