Ph.D. Candidates for 2016-2017

Catherine Baker (cmbaker@cs)
ADVISOR: Richard Ladner
RESEARCH AREA: Accessibility 
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Increasing Access to Computer Science for Blind Students
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Teaching)

Michael Jae-Yoon Chung (mjyc@cs)
ADVISORS: Rajesh P.N. Rao and Maya Cakmak
RESEARCH AREA: Human-Robot Interaction
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Designing and Evaluating Information Gathering Robots 
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Industry (Research), Industry (Development)

Raymond Cheng (ryscheng@cs)
ADVISOR: Tom Anderson and Arvind Krishnamurthy
RESEARCH AREA: Secruity, Systems
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Private Publish-Subscribe
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Industry (Research), Industry (Development)

Abram Friesen (afriesen@cs)
ADVISOR: Pedro Domingos
RESEARCH AREA: Machine Learning, tractable models
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Learning tractable but expressive models 
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Industry (Research) 

Robert Gens (rcg@cs)
ADVISOR: Pedro Domingos
RESEARCH AREA: Machine Learning, Vision
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Learning Robust Tractable Models for Vision
EMPLOYMENT: Google

Daniel Jones (dcjones@cs)
ADVISOR: Larry Ruzzo
RESEARCH AREA: Computational biology
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Comprehensive analysis of RNA sequencing experiments
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Industry (Research)

Vikash Kumar (vikash@cs)
ADVISOR: Emo Todorov
RESEARCH AREA: Robotics, ML, AI
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Manipulators And Manipulation In High Dimensional Spaces
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academic (Research), Industry (Research)

Ada Lerner (lerner@cs)
ADVISOR: Franzi Roesner and Yoshi Kohno
RESEARCH AREA: Security and Privacy
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Reproducible measurements of web security and privacy
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Academia (Teaching)

Christopher Lin (chrislin@cs)
ADVISOR: Dan Weld and Mausam
RESEARCH AREA: AI, ML, Crowdsourcing, NLP
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Intelligent Crowdsourcing for Natural Language Learning and Other AI Applications
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Industry (Research)

Vincent Liu (vincent@cs)
ADVISORS: Thomas Anderson and Arvind Krishnamurthy
RESEARCH AREA: Computer Networks
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Improving Fault Tolerance and Performance of Data Center Networks
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Industry (Research)

Travis Mandel (tmandel@cs)
ADVISOR: Zoran Popovic and Emma Brunskill (CMU)
RESEARCH AREA: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Towards More Practical Reinforcement Learning, with Applications to Educational Games
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Academia (Teaching)

Ezgi Mercan (ezgi@cs)
ADVISOR: Linda Shapiro and Su-In Lee
RESEARCH AREA: Computer Vision
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Digital Pathology: Diagnostic Errors, Viewing Behavior and Image Characteristics
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE:  Academia (Research), Industry (Research), Industry (Development)

Alex Polozov (polozov@cs)
ADVISORS: Sumit Gulwani and Zoran Popović
RESEARCH AREA: Programming Languages, ML, AI
DISSERTATION TOPIC: A Framework for Mass-Market Inductive Program Synthesis
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Industry (Research), Academia (Research)

Cyrus Rashtchian (cyrash@cs)
ADVISOR: Paul Beame
RESEARCH AREA: Distributed Computing and Theoretical Computer Science
DISSERTATION TOPIC: New Algorithmic Tools for Distributed Similarity Search
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Industry (Research), Industry (Development) 

Aditya Sankar (aditya@cs)
ADVISOR: Steve Seitz
RESEARCH AREA: Graphics, Vision
DISSERTATION TOPIC: In-situ Semantic 3D Modeling
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Industry (Research), Industry (Development)

Sam Sudar (sudars@cs)
ADVISOR: Gaetano Borriello and Richard Anderson
RESEARCH AREA: ICTD, Mobile Systems
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Leveraging Web Technologies in Resource-Constrained Environments
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Adademia (Research), Industry (Research), Industry (Development)

Supasorn Suwajanakorn (supasorn@cs)
ADVISOR: Steve Seitz and Ira Kemelmacher
RESEARCH AREA: Computer Vision, Machine Learning
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Capturing and Visualizing Persona Through Faces
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research), Academia (Teaching), Industry (Research), Start-up

Rob Thompson (robthomp@cs)
ADVISOR: Steve Tanimoto
RESEARCH AREA: Education
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Problem Posing Affordances
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Industry (Research), Industry (Development)

Paul Vines (plvines@cs)
ADVISOR: Yoshi Kohno and Franzi Roesner
RESEARCH AREA: Security and Privacy
DISSERTATION TOPIC: The Security and Privacy of Web and Mobile Advertising
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Industry (Research), Industry (Development)

Konstantin Weitz (weitzkon@cs)
ADVISOR: Zach Tatlock and Michael Ernst
RESEARCH AREA: Programming Languages/Systems
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Verified Solver Aided Tools for the Border Gateway Protocol
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Industry (Research), Industry (Development)

Irene Zhang (iyzhang@cs)
ADVISOR: Hank Levy and Arvind Krishnamurthy
RESEARCH AREA: Systems
DISSERTATION TOPIC: Distributed Programming Platforms for Mobile/Cloud Applications
EMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE: Academia (Research)