Outgoing Ph.D. Students

Samuel Ainsworth

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Advisor(s): Sidd Srinivasa
Research Area: machine learning, reinforcement learning, robotics
Dissertation Topic: Perspectives on Policy Learning
Employment Preference:
 Industry – Research

Tal August

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Advisor(s): Katharina Reinecke, Noah A. Smith
Research Area: Human Computer Interaction & Natural Language Processing
Dissertation Topic: Language as Design: Adapting Language to Different Online Audiences
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry – Research

Nicasia Beebe-Wang

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Advisor(s): Su-In Lee
Research Area: Machine learning for biology and medicine
Dissertation Topic: Machine learning for biomedical problems with real-world data limitations
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Justin Chan

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Advisor(s): Shyam Gollakota
Research Area: Computational health
Dissertation Topic: Making medical devices accessible to the next billion people
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Lequn Chen

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Advisor(s): Arvind Krishnamurthy
Research Area: Systems
Dissertation Topic: Systems for Model Serving
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Ian Covert

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Advisor(s): Su-In Lee
Research Area: Machine learning
Dissertation Topic: Explainable Machine Learning: Theory and Computation
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Saadia Gabriel

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Advisor(s):
 Yejin Choi & Franzi Roesner
Research Area: 
NLP
Dissertation Topic: 
Machine Reasoning to Reinforce Positive Social Dynamics
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry Research

Ashrujit Ghoshal

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Advisor(s): Stefano Tessaro, Rachel Lin
Research Area: Cryptography
Dissertation Topic: Towards a Theory of Cryptographic Trade-offs
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Ethan Gordon

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Advisor(s): Siddhartha Srinivasa
Research Area: Assistive Robotics
Dissertation Topic: Safe and Robust Food Acquisition and Transfer for Robot-Assisted Feeding of People with Limited Mobility
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Academia - Teaching, Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Ari Holtzman

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Advisor(s): Luke Zettlemoyer
Research Area: Natural Language Processing
Dissertation Topic: Interpretation Errors: Understanding Generative Models From the Top Down
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Haotian Jiang

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Advisor(s): Yin Tat Lee
Research Area: Theory
Dissertation Topic: Convex Optimization over Integral Points
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Benjamin Jones

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Advisor(s):
 Adriana Schulz
Research Area: 
Computer Graphics / Computational Fabrication
Dissertation Topic: 
The Design and Exploration of Search Spaces (Title in Progress)
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Academia - Teaching, Industry Research

Eunice Jun

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Advisor(s): Jeffrey Heer, Rene Just
Research Area: HCI, data science
Dissertation Topic: Empowering statistical non-experts to author valid analyses
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Jungo Kasai

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Advisor(s): Noah A. Smith
Research Area: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning
Dissertation Topic: Democratic Natural Language Processing: Generation, Evaluation, and Beyond
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Nathan Klein

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Advisor(s): Anna Karlin, Shayan Oveis Gharan
Research Area: Theoretical computer science
Dissertation Topic: Approximation algorithms
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Benjamin Lee

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Advisor(s): Dan Weld
Research Area: AI/HCI
Dissertation Topic: Interaction Mechanisms for Exploratory Search Systems with Application to Cultural Heritage: A Thesis Proposal
Employment Preference:
 Academia – Research

Xin Liu

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Advisor(s): Shwetak Patel
Research Area: mobile health sensing, ubiquitous computing, machine learning
Dissertation Topic: Towards Accessible, Equitable and Useful Non-Contact Health Sensing
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Xiyang Liu

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Advisor(s): Sewoong Oh
Research Area: Machine Learning
Dissertation Topic: Differentially private statistical estimation
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Samantha Miller

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Advisor(s): Tom Anderson
Research Area: Systems
Dissertation Topic: High Velocity Development of Linux Kernel Modules
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Nicholas Nuechterlein

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Advisor(s): Linda Shapiro
Research Area: Bioinformatics 
Dissertation Topic: Implementing radiomic and genomic approaches to uncover prognostic indicators of adult-type diffuse gliomas
Employment Preference:
 Bioinformatic position in a research lab within a hospital system

Ofir Press

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Advisor(s): Noah A. Smith
Research Area: Deep Learning, NLP
Dissertation Topic: Fixing what scale doesn't in neural language modeling
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Lianhui (Karen) Qin

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Advisor(s): Yejin Choi
Research Area: Natural Language Processing
Dissertation Topic: Natural Language Reasoning
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Victor Reis

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Advisor(s): Thomas Rothvoss
Research Area: Theory
Dissertation Topic: Discrepancy theory
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Mohit Shridhar

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Advisor(s): Dieter Fox
Research Area: Robotics, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing
Dissertation Topic: Grounding Language in Perception and Action
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Jacob Van Geffen

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Advisor(s): Emina Torlak
Research Area: Programming Languages
Dissertation Topic: Program Synthesis for Modern Systems
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry – Research

David Wadden

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Advisor(s): Hannaneh Hajishirzi
Research Area: Natural language processing
Dissertation Topic: Natural language processing methods for scientific literature understanding
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Aaron Walsman

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Advisor(s): Dieter Fox, Ali Farhadi
Research Area: Robotics, Computer Vision
Dissertation Topic: Solving Complex Construction Problems Using Imitation Learning from Impossibly Good Experts
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry – Research

Remy Wang

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Advisor(s): Dan Suciu
Research Area: Databases, Programming Languages
Dissertation Topic: Optimizing Modern Data Processing Systems
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Yinfan Wang

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Advisor(s): Brian Curless, Steve Seitz
Research Area: Computer Vision & Graphics
Dissertation Topic: Neural rendering
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Chung-Yi Weng

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Advisor(s): Brian Curless, Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman
Research Area: Computer Vision, Computer Graphics
Dissertation Topic: Human Reconstruction and Rendering in the Wild
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Erin Wilson

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Advisor(s): Dave Beck
Research Area: Computational and Synthetic Biology
Dissertation Topic: Towards sustainable biomolecule production: Computational approaches to accelerate genetic tool development for engineering metabolism in microorganisms
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Kuo-Hao Zeng

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Advisor(s):
 Ali Farhadi, Roozbeh Mottaghi
Research Area: 
Embodied AI, Computer Vision, Robotics
Dissertation Topic: 
Visual Forecasting for Interactive Embodied Agents
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Victor Zhong

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Advisor(s): Luke Zettlemoyer
Research Area: Natural Language Processing
Dissertation Topic: Reading to Learn: Generalizable and Efficient Learning by Reading Language Specifications
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Matt Ziegler

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Advisor(s): Kurtis Heimerl, Richard Anderson
Research Area: ICT4D, HCI
Dissertation Topic: Communication Technology and Environmental Institutions
Employment Preference:
 Industry - Research, Industry - Development, Government / NGO

 

Outgoing Postdoctoral Scholars

Prithviraj Ammanabrolu

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UW Advisor(s): Hannaneh Hajishirzi, Yejin Choi
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Georgia Insitute of Technology; Mark Riedl
Research Area:
 Natural Language Processing, Reinforcement Learning
Research Focus: reinforcement learning for natural language processing
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Rajarshi Das

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Advisor(s):
 Hannaneh Hajishirzi
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): University of Massachusetts, Amherst;  Andrew McCallum
Research Area: NLP, Question Answering, Reasoning, Knowledge Graphs
Research Focus:
 Development of nonparametric, contextual reasoning models for program synthesis and question answering on knowledge graphs and text. Additional research interests include developing models for open-domain QA, building procedural knowledge graphs from text and common-sense reasoning
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Umar Iqbal

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UW Advisor(s): Franziska Roesner
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): University of Iowa; Zubair Shafiq
Research Area:
 Privacy & Security
Research Focus: Consumer protection: Transparency and control in personal data collection and its usage
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Stephen Mussmann

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UW Advisor(s): Ludwig Schmidt, Kevin Jamieson
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Stanford University; Percy Liang
Research Area:
 Machine learning
Research Focus: Data selection for machine learning
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Sean Welleck

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UW Advisor(s):
 Yejin Choi
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): New York University; Kyunghyun Cho, Zheng Zhang
Research Area:
 Machine Learning & Natural Language Processing
Research Focus: Machine learning methods for generating and reasoning with natural language
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research

Max Willsey

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UW Advisor(s):
 Zachary Tatlock
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): University of Washington, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering; Luis Ceze
Research Area:
 Programming Languages
Research Focus: Program optimization, verification, synthesis
Employment Preference:
 Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Momona Yamagami

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Advisor(s):
 Jennifer Mankoff
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): University of Washington, Dept. Electrical & Computer Engineering; Samuel Burden, Katherine Steele
Research Area: Accessibility, Human-Machine Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction
Research Focus:
 Closed-loop human-machine interfaces for health and accessibility
Employment Preference: Academia - Research