Student Updates

Ankita Raturi (D. Richardson, advisor) has been awarded a $2,500 fellowship from UC President Janet Napolitano’s Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program. Raturi will focus on developing a software program that models the environmental impact of agricultural systems.

Nicole Crenshaw (B. Nardi, advisor) presented her paper titled “What’s in a Name? Naming Practices in Online Video Games” at the ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on ComputerHuman Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY) in London in October. The paper is co-authored by her advisor Prof. Bonnie Nardi. 

Arthur Valadares (C. Lopes, advisor) presented two papers this Fall. The first, “A Framework for Designing and Evaluating Distributed Real-Time Applications,” was presented at the Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications conference in Toulouse, France in October. The paper is coauthored by his advisor Prof. Crista Lopes. The second, “Enabling FineGrained Load Balancing for Virtual Worlds with Distributed Simulation Engines,” was presented at the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) in December in Savannah, GA. This paper is co-authored by Lopes and Huaiyu Liu of Intel Labs. 

Recent ISR graduate, Nicholas DiGiuseppe (J. Jones, advisor) interned this summer at Google in Mountain View with the Google Analytics team where one of his projects was to automate an end-to-end, push-button performance test infrastructure for backend analysis.

Xinning Gui (B. Nardi, advisor) spent her summer conducting an ethnographic study of civic engagement on sustainability in a city in China. The study investigated how economic, political, and cultural contexts in China have shaped local citizens’ collective sustainable practices.

Eugenia Gabrielova (C. Lopes, advisor) is the recipient of the SMART Fellowship, a funding opportunity from the DoD which provides graduate funding and a postgraduate placement in a DoD research lab. The fellowship matches a student with a DoD lab for summer internships and a service agreement (1-to- 1 years of funding to post-grad research). Gabrielova will be joining SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, a Navy R&D lab in San Diego. 

Vijay Krishna Palepu (J. Jones, advisor) presented his paper titled “Discriminating Influences among Instructors in a Dynamic Slice” at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2014) in September in Vasteras, Sweden. The paper is co-authored by his advisor, Prof. James Jones. 

Hitesh Sajnani (C. Lopes, advisor) presented his paper titled “Is Popularity a Measure of Quality? An Analysis of Maven Components” at the International Conference on Software Maintenance and Evolution, Victoria, Cananda in October. The paper is coauthored by fellow Ph.D. student Vaibhav Saini, ISR alumnus Joel Ossher, and Sajnani’s advisor Prof. Crista Lopes.

Nicholas Lopez (A. van der Hoek, advisor) has been awarded the Miguel Velez Scholarship, which is for graduate students who demonstrate outstanding past academic achievement as well as future promise, and who are citizens of a Latin American country. 

Yubo Kou (B. Nardi, advisor) presented his paper entitled “Governance in League of Legends: A Hybrid System” at the conference on Foundations of Digital Games held at sea (Fort Lauderdale, FL to Cozumel, Mexico) in April. The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Bonnie Nardi. 

Xinning Gui (B. Nardi, advisor) is interning at the Center for Sustainable Communications, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden conducting a field study in the Swedish ecovillage Änggärdet on understanding how to combine sustainability knowledge with information and communication technology in creating sustainable communities. She is collaborating with her advisor Prof. Bonnie Nardi, Prof. Daniel Pargman at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Prof. Teresa Cerratto Pargman at Stockholm University.

Bart Knijnenburg (A. Kobsa, advisor) presented his position paper, “Information Disclosure Profiles for Segmentation and Recom-mendation,” at the Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS2014) Workshop on Privacy Personas and Segmentation (PPS) in Menlo Park, CA in July.

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