Student Updates

Kyle Canavera (S. Malek, advisor) has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, given to grad students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Awardees were chosen from over 13,000 applicants this year.

Samantha McDonald (B. Nardi and W. Tomlinson, advisors) is interning at the Congressional Management Foundation in Washington D.C. this summer working on Congress 3.0 research studying how Congress can better use digital communication. The outcome will be a toolkit distributed to House and Senate offices. She also received a GAANN fellowship for two quarters last year.

Byron Hawkins (B. Demsky, advisor) presented his paper, “ZenIDS: Introspective Intrusion Detection for PHP Applications,” at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2017), Research Track, held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May. The paper was co-authored by his advisor Prof. Brian Demsky. Hawkins spent Winter and Spring quarters as an Intern at INRIA in Grenoble, France where he worked on extending a performance debugging tool with iterative/interactive capabilities.

Krithika Jagannath (G. Mark, advisor) is interning as a UX researcher at Google, San Francisco this summer, working with ICS alum Dr. Julia Haines. Additionally, Jagannath received “Excellent Reviewer Recognition” for CHI 2017 paper reviews.

Mahmoud Hammad (S. Malek, advisor) gave a presentation at the OC IEEE Cybersecurity chapter in March based on his International Connference on Software Architecture (ICSA) paper “Determination and Enforcement of Least-Privilege Architecture in Android” which was presented at ICSA 2017 in Sweden in April. The paper was nominated for Best Paper and invited to appear in the upcoming Journal of Systems and Software (JSS) special issue on Architecting Autonomous and Smart Systems. The paper is coauthored by his advisor Prof. Sam Malek and Prof. Hamid Bagheri (University of Nebraska, Lincoln).

Peizhao Ou (B. Demsky, advisor) presented his paper “Checking Concurrent Data Structures Under the C/ C++11 Memory Model” at the 22nd ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Principles and Practice of Parallel Programming (PPoPP’17) in February in Austin, TX. The paper is co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Brian Demsky.

Kyle Canavera (S. Malek, advisor) has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. These awards recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Canavera was one of five UCI ICS students to receive the award this year.

Alireza Sadeghi’s (S. Malek, Advisor) paper, “A Taxonomy and Qualitative Comparison of Program Analysis Techniques for Security Assessment of Android Software,” was recently published in IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE).  The paper is co-authored by Hamid Bagheri (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Joshua Garcia, and Sadeghi’s advisor Prof. Sam Malek. This paper has also been selected for presentation at ICSE 2017 via a new initiative called Journal First, wherein a TSE paper that has never appeared at a conference before may be invited for presentation at a leading conference. 

Hosub Lee (A. Kobsa, Advisor) recently presented two papers. The first, “Personalized object recognition for augmenting human memory,” was presented at the ACM Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp ‘16) held in Heidelberg, Germany in September.  The paper was co-authored by Cameron Upright and Steven Eliuk of Samsung Research America, and Lee’s advisor, Prof. Alfred Kobsa.  The second, “Understanding user privacy in Internet of Things environments,” also co-authored by Prof. Kobsa, was presented at the IEEE 3rd World Forum on Internet of Things, in Reston, VA, in December.

Nicole Crenshaw (B. Nardi, advisor) presented her paper “’Something We Loved That Was Taken Away’: Community and Neolib-eralism in World of Warcraft” at the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), held in Waikoloa, HI in January.  The paper is co-authored by undergraduate research assistant Jaclyn LaMorte and Crenshaw’s advisor Prof. Bonnie Nardi.

Arthur Valadares (C. Lopes, Advisor) presented his paper “CADIS: Aspect-oriented Architecture for Collaborative Modeling and Simulation” at the Winter Simulation Conference 2016 held in Washington, DC in December.  The paper is co-authored by his advisor Cristina Videira Lopes, Ph.D. student Rohan Achar, and Mic Bowman (Intel Labs).  Valadares defended his Ph.D. dissertation in November – congratulations Arthur!

Reyhaneh Jabbarvand (S. Malek, advisor) was awarded a GHC scholarship by the Anita Borg Institute to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference held in October in Houston, TX. 

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