2011 Class of CIFellows

Amin Ansari


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

Research Interests: Computer architecture with a focus on reliability, low-power design, and single-thread performance

CIFellowship Mentor: Josep Torrellas

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Current Position: Researcher

Current Affiliation: Qualcomm Research

Ferhat Ay


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

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, computational biology, epigenomics, and regulatory genomics

CIFellowship Mentor: William Noble

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Washington

Current Position: Institute Leadership Assistant Professor of Computational Biology

Current Affiliation: La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

Selina Chu


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

Research Interests: Machine learning, data mining, audio signal processing, and pattern recognition

CIFellowship Mentor: Thomas Dietterich

CIFellowship Host Organization: Oregon State University

Shay Cohen


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

Research Interests: Computational linguistics and machine learning

CIFellowship Mentor: Michael Collins

CIFellowship Host Organization: Columbia University

Current Position: Chancellor’s Fellowship

Current Affiliation: University of Edinburgh

Travis Deyle


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

Research Interests: Novel sensor and actuator technologies, robotics, and wireless power harvesting

CIFellowship Mentor: Matt Reynolds

CIFellowship Host Organization: Duke University

Current Position: Co-Founder

Current Affiliation: Cobalt Robotics

David Feil-Seifer


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

Research Interests: Socially assistive robotics algorithms, systems for post-stroke rehabilitation, elder care, and therapeutic interaction.

CIFellowship Mentor: Brian Scassellati

CIFellowship Host Organization: Yale University

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: University of Nevada, Reno

Lakshmi Ganesh


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

Research Interests: Scaling reliability and availability in large-scale distributed storage

CIFellowship Mentor: Mike Dahlin

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Texas at Austin

Current Position: Researcher

Current Affiliation: Facebook

Jonathan Huang


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

Research Interests: Probabilistic reasoning and learning algorithms

CIFellowship Mentor: Leonidas Guibas

CIFellowship Host Organization: Stanford University

Current Position: Research Scientist

Current Affiliation: Google Inc.

Mohit Tiwari


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

Research Interests: Program analysis, computer architecture, and system software

CIFellowship Mentor: Krste Asanovic

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Berkeley

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: University of Texas, Austin

Hemanta Maji


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

Research Interests: Cryptography with emphasis on lower bounding techniques

CIFellowship Mentor: Amit Sahai

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Los Angeles

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Purdue University

David Mimno


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

Research Interests: Extracting meaning from large document collections and topic modeling

CIFellowship Mentor: David Blei

CIFellowship Host Organization: Princeton University

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Cornell University

Ankur Moitra


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

Research Interests: Algorithms, learning, and convex geometry

CIFellowship Mentor: Avi Wigderson

CIFellowship Host Organization: Institute for Advanced Study

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rohan Murty


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

Research Interests: Networking and distributed systems.

CIFellowship Mentor: Hari Balakrishnan

CIFellowship Host Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joshua Reich


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

Research Interests: Software defined networking, virtualization, cloud computing, and green computing

CIFellowship Mentor: Jennifer Rexford

CIFellowship Host Organization: Princeton University

Current Position: Principal Member of Technical Staff

Current Affiliation: AT&T Research

Suchi Saria


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

Research Interests: Data-driven solutions to improve the delivery and consumption of health care

CIFellowship Mentor: Kenneth Mandl

CIFellowship Host Organization: Harvard Medical School / Children Hospital Boston

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University

Erin Solovey


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

Research Interests: Human-computer interaction, including brain-computer interfaces, tangible interaction, and reality-based interaction

CIFellowship Mentor: Missy Cummings

CIFellowship Host Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Drexel University

Ian Stevenson


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

Research Interests: Improving statistical models of neurons in primary visual cortex as they respond to natural scenes

CIFellowship Mentor: Bruno Olshausen

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Berkeley

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: University of Connecticut

Kalliopi Tsota


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

Research Interests: VLSI computer-aided design, reconfigurable computing, and numerical methods for large-scale optimization.

CIFellowship Mentor: Jason Cong

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of California at Los Angeles

Current Affiliation: The Aerospace Corporation

Lirong Xia


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

Research Interests: Computing at microeconomics.

CIFellowship Mentor: David Parkes

CIFellowship Host Organization: Harvard University

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Hong-Sheng Zhou


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

Research Interests: Cryptography, both classical and quantum

CIFellowship Mentor: Jonathan Katz

CIFellowship Host Organization: University of Maryland at College Park

Current Position: Assistant Professor

Current Affiliation: Virginia Commonwealth University