Outgoing Ph.D. Students

Maaz Bin Safeer Ahmad

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Advisor(s): Alvin Cheung
Research Area: Program Synthesis, Compilers, & High Performance Computing
Dissertation Topic: Semantic Code Transformations by Program Synthesis
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Aida Amini

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Advisor(s): Hanna Hajishirzi
Research Area: Natural Language Processing
Dissertation Topic: Applications of Natural Language Processing Toward Scientific Text Understanding
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development, Academia - Research

Bindita Chaudhuri

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Advisor(s): Linda Shapiro & Alex Colburn
Research Area: Computer Vision, Computer Graphics & Machine Learning
Dissertation Topic: Deep Facial Motion Retargeting [subject to change slightly]
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Elizabeth Clark

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Advisor(s): Noah Smith
Research Area: Natural Language Processing
Dissertation Topic: Natural language generation and evaluation for narrative text
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Meghan Cowan

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Advisor(s): Luis Ceze
Research Area: Computer architecture & compilers
Dissertation Topic: Automated SIMD kernel generation
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Katie Doroschak

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Advisor(s): Luis Ceze
Research Area: Computational & Synthetic Biology (+ Advanced Data Science option)
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Ivan Evtimov

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Advisor(s): Tadayoshi Kohno
Research Area: Computer Security and Privacy - Adversarial Machine Learning
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Yuchen Jin

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Advisor(s): Arvind Krishnamurthy
Research Area: ML systems & Networking systems
Dissertation Topic: Automating Animated Transitions in Statistical Graphics
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Daniel Jones

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Advisor(s): Larry Ruzzo
Research Area: Computational Biology, Transcriptomics, Machine Learning
Dissertation Topic: The Analysis of RNA-Seq Experiments using Approximate Likelihood
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Mandar Joshi

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Advisor(s): Luke Zettlemoyer and Dan Weld
Research Area: NLP
Dissertation Topic: Self-supervised Methods for Learning World Knowledge from Text
Employment Preference:  Industry - Research

Younghoon Kim

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Advisor(s): Jeffrey Heer
Research Area: HCI & Data Visualization
Dissertation Topic: Automating Animated Transitions in Statistical Graphics
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Lucy Lin

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Advisor(s): Noah Smith
Research Area: NLP
Dissertation Topic: Semantic Comparisons and Applications
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Xuan Luo

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Advisor(s): Steven M. Seitz, Jason Lawrence, Ricardo Martin Brualla
Research Area: Computer Vision, Graphics, AR/VR
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Aditya Vamsikrishna Mandalika

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Advisor(s): Siddhartha Srinivasa
Research Area: Motion Planning; Robotics
Dissertation Topic: Efficient Robot Motion Planning in Cluttered Environments
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Chandrakana Nandi

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Advisor(s): Dan Grossman, Zachary Tatlock
Research Area: Programming Languages, Fabrication
Dissertation Topic: Programming Language Tools and Techniques for Computational Fabrication
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Julie Newcomb

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Advisor(s): Ras Bodik
Research Area: Programming Languages
Dissertation Topic: Augmenting and Synthesizing Term Rewriting Systems
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Aravind Rajeswaran

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Advisor(s): Sham Kakade & Emo Todorov
Research Area: Machine Learning, Robotics
Dissertation Topic: Data Driven Models and Priors for Efficient Learning
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Talia Ringer

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Advisor(s): Dan Grossman
Research Area: Programming Languages & Software Engineering
Dissertation Topic: Proof Repair
Employment Preference: Academia - Research

Anne Ross

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Advisor(s): James Fogarty & Jacob O. Wobbrock
Research Area: Human-Computer Interaction, Accessibility
Dissertation Topic: A Large-Scale, Multi-Factor Approach to Understand and Improving Mobile App Accessibility
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Academia - Teaching, Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Maarten Sap

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Advisor(s): Yejin Choi & Noah Smith
Research Area: NLP
Dissertation Topic: Reasoning About Social Dynamics and Social Bias in Language
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

John Thickstun

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Advisor(s): Sham M. Kakade & Zaid Harchaoui
Research Area: Machine Learning
Dissertation Topic: Generative Modeling of Classical Western Music
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Anran Wang

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Advisor(s): Shyam Gollakota
Research Area: Mobile Systems; Signal Processing
Dissertation Topic: Tracking minute motion by exploiting spatial diversity using acoustic signals
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Shengjie Wang

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Advisor(s): Jeff Bilmes
Research Area: Machine Learning
Dissertation Topic: Submodular Based Negative Dependence for Machine Learning, Theory and Applications
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Chenglong Wang

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Advisor(s): Ras Bodik & Alvin Cheung
Research Area: Program Synthesis, Programming languages
Dissertation Topic: Program Synthesis for Automating Data Analysis
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Christopher Xie

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Advisor(s): Dieter Fox
Research Area: Robotics & Computer Vision
Dissertation Topic: Discovering and Segmenting Unseen Object Instances for Robot Perception
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Xin Yang

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Advisor(s): Paul Beame
Research Area: Computational Complexity, Machine Learning Theory
Dissertation Topic: Towards Better Understanding of Algorithms and Complexity of Some Learning Problems
Employment Preference: Industry - Research

Eric Zeng

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Advisor(s): Franzi Roesner
Research Area: Security and Privacy
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Kaiyuan Zhang

Advisor(s): Arvind Krishnamurthy & Xi Wang
Research Area: Systems & Networking
Dissertation Topic: Improving Correctness and Performance of Software Middleboxes
Employment Preference: Industry - Research, Industry - Development

Outgoing Postdoctoral Scholars

Waylon Brunette

UW Advisor(s): Richard Anderson
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Richard Anderson, University of Washington
Research Area: Computing for Development (ICTD), Mobile Computing, HCI, Edge Computing
Research Focus: Open Data Kit 2: Building Mobile Application Frameworks for Disconnected Data Management that specifically target Global Humanitarian Organizations
Employment Preference: Academia - Research

Maru Cabrera

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UW Advisor(s): Maya Cakmak
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Juan P Wachs, Purdue University
Research Area: Human-Robot Interaction
Research Focus: human robot interaction with a focus in service robots collaborating with users with disabilities.
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Joseph Jaeger

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UW Advisor(s): Stefano Tessaro
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Mihir Bellare, University of California, San Diego
Research Area: Cryptography, Security
Employment Preference: Academia - Research

Tianren Liu

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UW Advisor(s): Rachel Lin
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Vinod Vaikuntanathan, MIT
Research Area: Cryptography
Research Focus: Theoretical cryptography
Employment Preference: Academia - Research

Weihao Kong

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UW Advisor(s): Sham Kakade
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Gregory Valiant, Stanford University
Research Area: Machine Learning
Research Focus: Meta-learning, Federated learning, Robust machine learning, Model selection
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Christoforos Mavrogiannis

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UW Advisor(s): Siddhartha Srinivasa
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Ross A. Knepper, Cornell University
Research Area: Robotics; Human-robot Interaction; Artificial Intelligence
Research Focus: Motion planning; multiagent navigation; robotic manipulation
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Amrita Mazumdar

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UW Advisor(s): Luis Ceze
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Luis Ceze, University of Washington
Research Area: Computer Architecture & Systems
Research Focus: Architecture & Systems for Graphics & VR
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research

Joseph McMahan

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UW Advisor(s): Luis Ceze
Ph.D. Institution & Advisor(s): Timothy SherwoodUC Santa Barbara
Research Area: Computer Architecture, Machine Learning
Research Focus: Computer Architecture X {Formal Methods, Security, Machine Learning}
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Academia - Teaching, Industry - Research

Nikolaos Pappas

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UW Advisor(s): Noah A. Smith
Research Area: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning
Research Focus: Incorporating larger context and improving sample efficiency of language models.
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research