Student Updates

Alireza Sadeghi (S. Malek, advisor) spent his summer as an intern at Google in Mountain View, CA where he worked with the Android Security team and developed a tool that facilitates the security review of Android devices.

Nicole Crenshaw (B. Nardi, advisor) is presenting her paper “‘It Was More Than Just the Game, It was the Community’: Social Affordances in Online Games” at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) in Kauai, HI in January. Crenshaw also presented her paper “NPCs as Social Mediators in Massively Multiplayer Online Games” at the Intelligent Narrative Technologies and Social Believability in Games Workshop at the Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment in Santa Cruz, CA in November. Both papers are co-authored by her advisor Prof. Bonnie Nardi.

Reyhaneh Jabbarvand Behrouz (S. Malek, advisor) interned last summer at Intel in Minneapolis, MN as part of the Performance Modeling team in the Data Center Group. She studied the impact of dependency between program components deployed on communicating peers on the performance of HPC systems, and delivered a white paper as a result of experiments on the topic.

Maryam Khademi (C. Lopes, advisor) gave a presentation titled “Face tracking in videos in-the-wild and hand pose estimation using RGB-D images” in September at Intel in Santa Clara, CA while she was interning there. Khademi is also co-first author, with Hossein Hondori, of “Choice of Human Computer Interaction in Stroke Rehabilitation,” appearing in the Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. Other co-authors are L. Dodakian, A. McKenzie (Chapman Univ.), Khademi’s advisor Cristina V. Lopes, and S.C. Cramer.

Martin Shelton (B. Nardi, advisor), who recently graduated, has received the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellowship. Shelton will work at the New York Times starting in February conducting user research and data analytics for the Coral Project on citizen participation in journalism.

Chris Wolf (P. Dourish, advisor) spent her summer as an intern at IBM Research where she worked with mentor Jeanette Blomberg and the members of the Cloud Services Analytics group at IBM Almaden, looking at mobile work practices. She also received the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar Fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year.

Yang Feng’s (J. Jones, advisor) paper “Test Report Prioritization to Assist Crowdsourced Testing” was accepted to the 10th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conf. and the ACM SIGSOFT Symp. on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/ FSE) held in Bergamo, Italy in Sept. The paper is co-authored by Zhenyu Chen (Nanjing University, China), his advisor James A. Jones, Chunrong Fang (Nanjing Univ.) and Baowen Xu (Nanjing Univ.).

Ankita Raturi (D. Richardson, advisor) was awarded both an ACM-W scholarship and a UCI AGS scholarship to present the paper “Toward Alternative Decentralized Infrastructures” at the ACM Symposium on Computing for Development (ACM DEV) in London, UK in December. The paper is coauthored by Bill Tomlinson (ICS), Bonnie Nardi, Donald J. Patterson (prev. ICS), her advisor Debra Richardson, Jean-Daniel Saphores (Eng.) and Dan Stokols (Soc. Ecology).

Vijay Krishna Palepu (J. Jones, advisor) presented two papers at the 3rd IEEE Working Conference on Software Visualization (VISSOFT), in Sept. in Bremen, Germany. “Revealing Runtime Features and Constituent Behaviors within Software” was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. James A. Jones, and “Spider SENSE: Software-Engineering, Networked, System Evaluation” was co-authored by MS students Junghun Kim and Nishaant Reddy, and Jones.

Consuelo Lopez (A. van der Hoek, advisor) attended Topcoder Open in Nov. in Indianapolis, IN where she worked with Edgar Weidema (visiting M.Sc. student) and Appirio colleagues to set up an experiment involving their crowd worker base.

Lee Martie (A. van der Hoek, advisor) interned last summer at IBM T.J. Watson in Yorktown Heights, NY where he researched and developed tools to help develop software with IBM’s Watson services. His mentor at T.J. Watson was Peri Tarr and his manager was John Vergo. Martie also presented his paper “CodeExchange: Supporting Reformulation of Internet-Scale Code Queries in Context” at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering ASE 2015) in Nebraska, Lincoln in November. The paper was co-authored by Thomas LaToza (George Mason University)and his advisor Prof. André van der Hoek.

Mengyao Zhao (D. Redmiles, advisor) presented two papers this Fall. “Strengthening Collaborative Groups Through Art-mediated Self-expression” was presented at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC 2015) in Atlanta, GA. The paper was co-authored by alumnus Oliver Yi Wang (IBM Almaden) and Zhao’s advisor, Prof. David Redmiles. The second paper, “Building Teams Over Distance: A Solution Through Digital Art Mediated Practices” was presented in the VL/HCC 2015 graduate consortium.