Student Updates

Nicole Crenshaw (B. Nardi, advisor) presented her paper “’Something We Loved That Was Taken Away’: Community and Neolib-eralism in World of Warcraft” at the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), held in Waikoloa, HI in January.  The paper is co-authored by undergraduate research assistant Jaclyn LaMorte and Crenshaw’s advisor Prof. Bonnie Nardi.

Arthur Valadares (C. Lopes, Advisor) presented his paper “CADIS: Aspect-oriented Architecture for Collaborative Modeling and Simulation” at the Winter Simulation Conference 2016 held in Washington, DC in December.  The paper is co-authored by his advisor Cristina Videira Lopes, Ph.D. student Rohan Achar, and Mic Bowman (Intel Labs).  Valadares defended his Ph.D. dissertation in November – congratulations Arthur!

Reyhaneh Jabbarvand (S. Malek, advisor) was awarded a GHC scholarship by the Anita Borg Institute to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference held in October in Houston, TX. 

Byron Hawkins (B. Demsky, advisor) interned at Microsoft in Redmond, WA in Fall quarter.  He focused on implementing a security feature for Visual Studio and Windows on ARM 64 which will be integrated into the mainline ARM 64 products.  His mentor was Shishir Sharma and his manager was Ten Tzen.

Eugenia Ha Rim Rho (A. Kobsa, advisor) interned this summer at NORC at the Univ. of Chicago, a research institution that focuses on collecting nation-wide survey data and rigorous analysis to provide policy decision-making advice to private public sectors.  Rho was part of NORC’s General Social Survey Data Explorer team and worked on analyzing online user behavior data to enhance site efficiency and identify performance issues.

Vaibhav Saini (C. Lopes, advisor) interned this summer at Microsoft in Bellevue, WA.  Saini worked on enabling Stack-Trace Search functionality for Visual Studio Team Services.  He prepared a proof of concept of the new feature and performed analysis to estimate the expected performance of the system once released. His supervisors were Stanislaw Swierc and Trevor Carnahan.

Chris Wolf (P. Dourish, advisor) spoke on a panel on “Doing Good with Data: Human-Centered Data Science for Social Good” at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conf. in Oct. in Houston, TX.  Wolf is also a co-author on “Would You Be Mine: Appropriating Minecraft as an Assistive Technology for Youth with Autism” which was awarded Best Paper at the ACM SIGACCESS Conf. on Computers and Accessibility in Oct.  Co-authors are Kathryn E. Ringland, LouAnne E. Boyd, L., Mark S. Baldwin, and Gillian R. Hayes, all from UCI. 

Yiran Wang (G. Mark, advisor) gave a presentation titled “A Mixed-methods Study of College Students’ Informal Learning on Facebook” at the 7th Annual Digital Media and Learning Conf. (DML’16), in Oct. at UCI.

Thomas Kwak (A. van der Hoek, advisor) interned last summer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he created a web application for modeling space mission constraints and scenarios using React and Redux to render and store data, implemented multiple interfaces, and created a testing suite using Karma and expect.js.

Reyhaneh Jabbarvand Behrouz’s (S. Malek, advisor) paper “Energy-Aware Test-Suite Minimization for Android” was accepted to ISSTA’16: The International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis, held in Saarbrücken, Germany in July.  The paper is co-authored by fellow Ph.D. student Alireza Sadeghi, assistant project scientist Hamid Bagheri, and her advisor, Prof. Sam Malek.

Alireza Sadeghi (S. Malek, advisor) is interning this summer at Google in Mountain View, CA where he is working on Android app security with the Gmail/App Security team.  His mentor is Nicolas Lidzborski. This is the second year that Sadeghi has interned at Google. 

Mengyao Zhao (D. Redmiles, advisor) is spending her summer as an intern at Google in Mountain View, CA as part of the Analytics team as a User Experience (UX) researcher.  Zhao also served as Social Media Chair for the 11th IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE) held in August at UC Irvine.