Student Updates

Bart Knijnenburg (A. Kobsa, advisor) gave a TEDxUCIrvine presentation titled “How Come They Know So Much About Me?” in May.  A video of his talk is available at: Additionally, Knijnenburg won the second-in-group award at the 2015 UCI Associated Graduate Students (AGS) Symposium in March for his presentation “Interacting with Humanlike Interfaces: Why we love Siri but hate Clippy.”


Maryam Khademi (C. Lopes, advisor) is spending summer 2015 as an intern at Intel in Santa Clara, CA where she will be working on a computer vision project. Her supervisor at Intel is Prasad Modali.


Fernando Spanghero (A. van der Hoek, advisor) is interning in summer 2015 at in Seattle, WA where he is developing software as part of the Retail Systems team. Additionally, Spanghero was on the winning team for the iConference 2015 Social Media Expo. Their entry was titled “Racial Violence Archive: Public Information System on Incidents of Violence during the Civil Rights Period.”  The team’s faculty sponsors were ISR Prof. Alfred Kobsa and UCI Prof. Geoff Ward, in Criminology, Law & Society.


Vijay Krishna Palepu (J. Jones, advisor) is interning in summer 2015 as a software engineer at Microsoft in Redmond, WA with the Office team.  He is focussing on the iPhone app for Microsoft Office Word.


Eugenia Gabrielova (C. Lopes, advisor)  is interning in summer 2015 at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, in the Cybersecurity Science & Technology division.  She is working on a software testing framework for non-functional software properties, particularly cyber-security.  She hopes to continue this research when she returns to UCI in Fall.  Her SPAWAR mentor is ISR alumnus Jose Romero-Mariona.

Katherine Lo (P. Dourish, advisor) has been awarded the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, which supports women in technology with a $10,000 award as well as an invitation to the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat held at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. 


Martin Shelton (B. Nardi, advisor) is spending summer 2015 as an intern at Google in Mountain View, CA,  focusing on usability for security software. Shelton is working as part of the Privacy and UX Research Team, for Sunny Consolvo. Additionally, Shelton’s paper, “Online Media Forums as Separate Social Lives: A Qualitative Study of Disclosure Within and Beyond Reddit,” was nominated for a Best Paper Award at the iSchools’ iConference 2015, held in Newport Beach, CA in March. The paper was co-authored by Ph.D. student Katherine Lo and Shelton’s advisor Prof. Bonnie Nardi.


Thomas Debeauvais (C. Lopes, advisor) presented his paper “Gate Me If You Can: The Impact of Gating Mechanics on Retention and Revenues in Jelly Splash” at the  2015 Foundations of Digital  Games Conference, held in Pacific Grove, CA in June. The paper is co-authored by his advisor Prof. Crista Lopes.

Bart Knijnenburg (A. Kobsa, advisor) presented his paper titled “Increasing Disclosure Without Reducing Satisfaction: Finding the Best Privacy Settings User Interface for Social Networks” at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in December in Auckland, New Zealand. The paper is coauthored by his advisor, Prof. Alfred Kobsa. Knijnenburg presented another paper, titled “Inferring Capabilities of Intelligent Agents From Their External Traits,” at the Pre-ICIS Workshop on HCI Research in MIS. The paper is coauthored by Martijn Willemsen of TU Eindhoven. Knijnenburg has also been hired by Samsung as a part-time consultant on a project regarding “Privacy in Recommender Systems.”

Caitie Lustig’s (B. Nardi, advisor) paper titled “Algorithmic Authority: The Case of Bitcoin” has been accepted to the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) held in Kauai in January. The paper is coauthored by her advisor, Prof. Bonnie Nardi. 

Maryam Khademi (C. Lopes, advisor) spent her summer as an intern at Konica in San Mateo, CA where she worked on 3D sensing user interfaces and hand gesture recognition. 

Alegria Baquero (R. Taylor, advisor) presented her poster titled “Enabling Secure, Customizable, and Dynamic Personal Information Services with COAST” at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference (GHC) in October in Phoenix, AZ. The poster is co-authored by her advisor ISR Director Richard N. Taylor. Baquero was awarded a GHC scholarship grant to participate in the conference. Baquero graduated with her Ph.D. in December.