Student Updates

Adriana Meza Soria (A. van der Hoek, advisor) was on the team that won second place in the AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) Student Design Challenge held at the AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium, in San Francisco, CA in Nov. Her teammate was Informatics Ph.D. student Yao Due; their submission title was “Designing Conversational Agents for Children Who Receive Speech and Language Therapy.” 

Read more about it on the ICS Community News site.

Eugenia Ha Rim Rho (A. Kobsa, advisor) spent her summer as an intern at Nissan Research Center in Sunnyvale, CA where she focussed on autonomous vehicle work.

Reyhaneh Jabbarvand (S. Malek, advisor) attended the Google Ph.D. Summit in August in Mountain View, CA where she presented her dissertation work, for which she was awarded a Google Ph.D. Jabbarvand Fellowship.

Rahmadi Trimananda (B. Demsky, advisor) presented his paper “Vigilia: Securing Smart Home Edge Computing “ at the Third ACM/IEEE Symp. on Edge Computing (SEC 2018) held in Bellevue, WA in Oct. Trimananda received a Student Travel Grant Award to attend. The paper is co-authored by alum Ali Younis (Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems), Ph.D. students Bojun Wang and Bin Xu, Prof. Brian Demsky, and Prof. Guoqing Xu (UCLA).

Farima Farmahinifarahani (C. Lopes, advisor) gave a talk titled “Towards Automating Precision Studies of Clone Detectors” at the Normalized Java Resource (NJR) workshop, collocated with SPLASH 2018, held in Boston, MA in Nov. Others working on the project include alum Dr. Vaibhav Saini, Ph.D. students Yadong Lu and Di Yang, Dr. Pedro Martins (Microsoft, Portugal), alum Dr. Hitesh Sajnani (Microsoft Research), Prof. Pierre Baldi, and Prof. Cristina Lopes.

Hosub Lee (A. Kobsa, advisor) interned last Summer and part-time in Fall quarter at Samsung Research America in Irvine, CA where he worked on a research project that aims to automatically identify groups of existing users who share similar behavioral patterns and figure out how a new user will be classified into a certain group. Lee applied deep learning techniques to large-scale human behavioral data composed of implicit user feedback about smartphone apps and/or websites.

Yao Li (A. Kobsa, advisor) is first author on two journal articles appearing in Proceedings of the ACM on Human- Computer Interaction, Vol. 2, Issue CSCW. The first is titled “When SNS Privacy Settings Become Granular: Investigating Users’ Choices, Rationales, and Influences on Their Social Experience” and is co-authored by Ph.D. student Xinning Gui, Informatics Prof. Yunan Chen, Prof. Heng Xu (Penn State) and Li’s advisor Prof. Alfred Kobsa. The second article is titled “Tell Me Before You Stream Me: Managing Information Disclosure in Video Game Live Streaming” and is co-authored by alumnus Dr. Yubo Kou (Purdue Polytechnic), Ph.D. student Je Soek Lee and Prof. Alfred Kobsa.

Rohan Achar (C. Lopes, advisor) presented the paper “Toward Understanding the Impact of User Participation in Autonomous Ridesharing Systems” at the 2018 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2018) held in Gothenburg, Sweden in December. The paper is co-authored by Ph.D. student Wen Shen (first author) and their advisor Prof. Cristina V. Lopes.

Daniel Gardner (B. Nardi and W. Tomlinson, advisors) is the ICS recipient of the 2018-2019 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Award. ARCS Scholar Awards are intended to recognize and reward UC Irvine’s most academically superior doctoral students exhibiting outstanding promise as scientists, researchers and leaders.

Adriana Meza Soria (A. van der Hoek, advisor) presented her poster “Toward Collecting and Delivering Knowledge for Software Design at the Whiteboard” at the CHASE workshop at ICSE 2018, held in Gothenburg, Sweden in May. The poster was co-authored by her advisor Prof. André van der Hoek.

Zhendong Wang (D. Redmiles, advisor) presented his paper titled “Competence-Confidence Gap: A Threat to Female Developers’ Contribution on GitHub” in the Software Engineering in Society (SEIS) track at ICSE 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden in May. The paper is co-authored by alum Prof. Yi (Oliver) Wang, Rochester Institute of Technology, and his advisor Prof. David Redmiles. Wang also served as a student volunteer at ICSE.

Samantha McDonald (B. Nardi, advisor) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. McDonald is researching how the presence and use of information and communications technology affect how staffers in Congress manage contact from constituents and how those systems reflect deeper ideas of citizen engagement within a digitally mediated democracy.