Student Updates

Mahmoud Hammad’s (S. Malek, advisor) paper “A Large-Scale Empirical Study on the Effects of Code Obfuscations on Android Apps and Anti-Malware Products” was presented at ICSE in May in Gothenburg, Sweden. The paper is coauthored by Prof. Joshua Garcia and Hammad’s advisor Prof. Sam Malek. Hammad also served as a member of the Artifact Evaluation Committee for the 13th Int’l Symp. on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self- Managing Systems (SEAMS 2018).

Jun-Wei Lin (S. Malek, advisor) presented his paper “Nemo: Multi- Criteria Test-Suite Minimization with Integer Nonlinear Programming” at ICSE in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 1, 2018. The paper is co-authored by Ph.D. student Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, Prof. Joshua Garcia, and Lin’s advisor Prof. Sam Malek. Lin received a SIGSOFT CAPS travel grant to attend.

Elahe Paikari’s (A. van der Hoek, advisor) paper “A Framework for Understanding Chatbots and their Future” was presented at the 11th Int’l Workshop on Cooperative and Human Aspects of Software Engineering (CHASE 2018), which was held in May at Gothenburg, Sweden at ICSE.

Wen Shen’s (C. Lopes, advisor) paper “Information Design in Crowdfunding under Thresholding Policies” was accepted to the 17th International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS 2018), held in Stockholm, Sweden in July. The paper was co-authored by Jacob W. Crandall (Brigham Young Univ.), Ke Yan (China Jiliang Univ.), and his advisor Prof. Cristina V. Lopes.

Di Yang (C. Lopes, advisor) is interning this summer at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA. She is working on code mining and program automation, which is applicable to her research on adapting and integrating online opensource programs. Her manager is Dr. Satish Chandra.

Fatema Akbar (G. Mark, advisor) attended the Grad Cohort for Women 2018, hosted by the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W). Akbar was one of six graduate students who received support from the ICS Dept. of Informatics to attend the event held in April in San Francisco, CA.

Negar Ghorbani (S. Malek, advisor) presented the paper “A Temporal Permission Analysis and Enforcement Framework for Android” at the International Conference of Software Engineering (ICSE), held in Gothenburg, Sweden in May. The paper is authored by alum Dr. Alireza Sadeghi (Google), Ph.D. student Reyhaneh Jabbarvand, Ghorbani, Prof. Hamid Bagheri (Univ. Nebraska-Lincoln), and Prof. Sam Malek.

Robert Maldonado (C. Lopes, advisor), an undergraduate student in Prof. Cristina Lope’s Mondego research group, is interning this summer at Google working on the Node Storage Team, the backend of Google Cloud, to implement features in the Linux operating system kernel.

Eugenia Ha Rim Rho (A. Kobsa, advisor) presented her paper “Differences in Online Privacy & Security Attitudes Based on Economic Living Standards: A Global Study of 24 Countries” at the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) held in Portsmouth, UK in June. The paper is co-authored by her advisor Prof. Alfred Kobsa and Carolyn Nguyen (Microsoft).

Hosub Lee (A. Kobsa, advisor) is interning this summer at Samsung Research America Digital Media Solutions Lab in Irvine, CA. He is working on a next-generation recommender system that predicts the “rating” or “preference” a user would give to an item (e.g., movies, products, research articles, privacy settings). His team is analyzing large-scale log data collected from millions of Samsung products (e.g. Smart TV) and building deep learning-based predictive models that give users recommendations.

Leah Horgan’s (P. Dourish, advisor) paper “Ambiguity, Ambivalence, and Activism: Data Organizing Inside the Institution” was published in Krisis, the journal for contemporary philosophy. The paper is co-authored by her advisor Prof. Paul Dourish.

Fatema Akbar (G. Mark, advisor) presented her poster "The Effects of Virtual Agents’ Characteristics on User Impressions and Language Use" at ACM IUI, held in Tokyo, Japan in March. The paper is co-authored by PhD student Ted Grover, her advisor Prof. Gloria Mark, and Michelle Zhou of Juji, Inc. Akbar also attended CHI 2018 remotely by using a robot she could control remotely.