Student Updates

Negar Ghorbani (J. Garcia and S. Malek, advisors) interned over the summer at Morgan Stanley in New York, as part of the “Optimus Graph” team in the Institutional Securities Technology department. She devised optimization techniques to improve the runtime of parallelization in an internal platform which is responsible for compiling and running distributed calculations within the company around the world.

David Kutas (A. van der Hoek, advisor) has launched a startup company called Linecept; Kutas serves as CEO. Linecept’s product is a conceptual design coordination tool that helps you invent new products. Linecept was used in Prof. André van der Hoek’s undergraduate course, Software Design I, in Fall quarter. More information at:

Reyhaneh Jabbarvand (S. Malek, advisor) was selected to participate in RISING STARS 2019, an Academic Career Workshop for Women in EECS, which was held at UIUC on October 29 - November 1. Jabbarvand presented a poster on her research on advancing energy testing of mobile apps.

Jun-Wei Lin (S. Malek, advisor) presented his paper titled “Test Transfer Across Mobile Apps Through Semantic Mapping” at the 34th International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2019), held in San Diego, CA in November. The paper is co-authored by Ph.D. student Reyhaneh Jabbarvand and Lin’s advisor ISR Director Prof. Sam Malek.

Farima Farmahinifarahani (C. Lopes, advisor) spent her summer as a research intern at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Her project focused on Designing a Performance Model to Identify System & Integration Test Run-Time Regressions. Her supervisor was Dr. Suresh Thummalapenta.

Rohan Achar (C. Lopes, advisor) presented his paper titled “GoTcha: An Interactive Debugger for GoT-Based Distributed Systems” at SPLASH 2019, in the Onward! papers track, in October in Athens, Greece. The paper is co-authored by graduate student Pritha Dawn and Achar’s advisor Prof. Cristina Lopes.

Fatema Akbar (G. Mark, advisor) is first author on a journal paper titled “An Empirical Study Comparing Unobtrusive Physiological Sensors for Stress Detection in Computer Work,” published in Sensors 2019, 19 (17), 3766, a special issue on Sensors for Affective Computing and Sentiment Analysis. The paper is co-authored by her advisor Prof. Gloria Mark, Prof. Ioannis Pavlidis from University of Houston, and Prof. Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna from Texas A&M University.

Ted Grover (G. Mark, advisor) spent his summer as an intern at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, with the Affective Computing Research group. Grover worked on developing and evaluating different prototypes of intelligent virtual assistants that aim to help people be more productive and focused at work.

Armin Balalaie (J. Jones, advisor) spent his summer as a software engineer intern at Stellus Technologies in Irvine, CA. This is his third internship at Stellus Technologies. Balalaie also presented his poster titled “Towards a Library for Deterministic Failure Testing of Distributed Systems” at the 2019 ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing held in Santa Cruz, CA in Nov. The poster is co-authored by his advisor Prof. James A. Jones.

Yang Feng (J. Jones, advisor) served as Proceedings Chair for the 14th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE 2019), which was co-located with ICSE 2019 in Montreal, Canada in May.

Elahe Paikari’s (A. van der Hoek, advisor) paper titled “A Chatbot for Conflict Detection and Resolution” was presented at the 1st International Workshop on Bots in Software Engineering (BotSE), held in May in Montreal, Canada at ICSE. The paper is co-authored by: JaeEun Choi of Kyung Hee University; SeonKyu Kim of Kookmin University; Sooyoung Baek of Hanyang University; MyeongSoo Kim, SeungEon Lee, ChaeYeon Han, and YoungJae Kim of Kookmin University; KaHye Ahn of Sogang University; Chan Cheong of Dankook University; and Paikari’s advisor Prof. André van der Hoek.

David Kutas (A. van der Hoek, advisor), is interning this summer at NextGen Healthcare Information Systems in Irvine, CA. He is working on a project connected to the new cloud-based data aggregation platform called Health Data Hub.