Learn more about the postdocs who are advancing their careers and contributing to a vibrant research community at the Allen School:
Leilani Battle is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington, where she is a member of the Interactive Data Lab working with Professor Jeffrey Heer. She received a B.S in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington in 2011. She earned her M.S. in Computer Science (2013) and Ph.D. in Computer Science (2017) from MIT, where she was advised by Professor Michael Stonebraker. Her research interests lie at the intersection of data management, user interface design, and visual analytics, with the aim of building intuitive and scalable database exploration tools.
Tapomayukh "Tapo" Bhattacharjee is a postdoctoral research associate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, working with Professor Siddhartha Srinivasa in the Personal Robotics Lab. He completed his Ph.D. in Robotics from Georgia Tech under the supervision of Professor Charlie Kemp. His primary research interests are in the fields of haptic perception, machine learning, manipulation and human-robot interaction. He believes in the potential of using multimodal haptic signals to enhance robot manipulation capabilities in unstructured environments as well as around humans. He aims to achieve this by inferring relevant properties of the world using physics-based and data-driven methods.
Yonatan Bisk is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington working with Yejin Choi. His research is in the area of Natural Language Processing focusing on language grounding and weakly supervised learning. He works on teaching computers to understand language and the world by learning representations that link abstract language to low-level actions. He previously worked with Daniel Marcu at the Information Sciences Institute at USC, completed his Ph.D. with Julia Hockenamier at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in unsupervised grammar induction, and received his BS while working with Risto Miikkulainen at the University of Texas at Austin.
Jan Buys is a postdoctoral research associate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, working with professor Yejin Choi. His research interests lie in the intersection of Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning, with a focus on text generation and structured prediction models. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford under supervision of Prof. Phil Blunsom. Jan received a Master’s degree in Computer Science and undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
Sanjiban Choudhury completed his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, under the supervision of Prof. Sebastian Scherer. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at University of Washington working with Prof. Siddhartha Srinivasa. His research focus is on problems at the intersection of machine learning and motion planning. During his Ph.D., developed the motion planning architecture, that integrated learning and planning, for an autonomous full-scale helicopter. Sanjiban has a MS from CMU, a BTech and MTech from IIT Kharagpur. He has also worked at Microsoft Research as in intern on imitation learning for sequential decision-making. He is a Siebel Scholar, class of 2013.
Earlence Fernandes is a research associate in Computer Science & Engineering where he works with professors Tadayoshi Kohno, Franziska Roesner, and the UW Security & Privacy Research Lab. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2017, where he was advised by professor Atul Prakash. Earlence's thesis focused on secure design techniques for Internet of Things software platforms. His work at the University of Washington delves deeper into the security and privacy issues of Internet of Things platforms and Cyber-Physical systems in general. He is also interested in the security of machine learning when applied to the control of physical objects such as cars and robots.
Michael Fire is a Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Science and a University of Washington Moore/Sloan Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow, under the mentorship of professors Carlos Guestrin and Joshua Blumenstock. He holds an M.Sc. (magna cum laude) in Mathematics from the Bar-Ilan University and a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Information System Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University, where he won the Kreitman Prize for excellence in Ph.D. studies. In recent years, Michael has published dozens of papers for prestigious conferences and journals in the fields of social networks analysis and data mining. He also has extensive experience as a data scientist working for several companies and organizations.
Pedro Fonseca is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington and a member of the Systems Laboratory. His research is focused on improving the reliability and scalability of distributed systems and operating systems. Pedro received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Saarland and the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems.
Kameron Decker Harris is a postdoctoral research associate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He is analyzing human brain electrocorticography recordings in the labs of Allen School professor Rajesh Rao and Biology professor Bingni Brunton. His interests are in computational and theoretical neuroscience, in particular networks, dynamical systems, and data analysis. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington under Eric Shea-Brown. Prior to that, Kameron studied bus traffic optimization as a Fulbright Scholar in Chile, and his undergraduate and masters work at the University of Vermont included sentiment analysis of large-scale Twitter data.
Yangfeng Ji is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Washington, working with Noah Smith. His research interests are natural language processing and machine learning. Specifically, his research work focuses on developing machine learning models for text generation and discourse processing. He is also interested in applying discourse processing for social computing. He completed his Ph.D. in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016, under the supervision of Jacob Eisenstein.
Ramya Korlakai Vinayak
Ramya Korlakai Vinayak is a postdoctoral researcher in Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, working with Sham Kakade. Her research interests broadly span the areas of machine learning, crowdsourcing and optimization. Ramya completed her Ph.D. at Caltech where she worked with Babak Hassibi. She received her B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
Omer Levy is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, working with Prof. Luke Zettlemoyer. Previously, he completed his BSc and MSc at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology with the guidance of Prof. Shaul Markovitch, and his PhD at Bar-Ilan University with the supervision of Prof. Ido Dagan and Dr. Yoav Goldberg. He is interested in realizing high-level semantic applications such as question answering and summarization to help people cope with information overload. At the heart of these applications are challenges in textual entailment, semantic similarity, and reading comprehension, which form the core of his current research. He is also interested in the current advances in deep learning and how they can facilitate semantic applications.
Shrirang Mare is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington where he works with Richard Anderson, Yoshi Kohno, and Franziska Roesner. His research is focused on improving the security and usability of digital financial services in developing regions. Shrirang received his Ph.D. in 2016 from the Dartmouth College, where he worked with David Kotz on usable user authentication methods for personal devices. He earned his Bachelor's from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India.
Stefanos Nikolaidis completed his PhD studies at the Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute working with Siddhartha Srinivasa, and he is currently a research associate at the University of Washington, Computer Science and Engineering. His research focuses on algorithms enabling robots to fluidly interact with their human teammates in real-world collaborative tasks. Stefanos has a MS from MIT, a MEng from the University of Tokyo and a BS from the National Technical University of Athens. He has worked as a research specialist at MIT and as a researcher at Square-Enix video-game company in Tokyo.
Nigini A. Oliveira
Nigini A. Oliveira is a postdoctoral research at the University of Washington's Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Working with Professor Katharina Reinecke, he is searching to improve the user experience - for both researchers and volunteers - in the context of large-scale, volunteer-based online studies. Nigini has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande in Brazil, where he worked with Nazareno Andrade on designing social Question & Answer sites that are equally engaging across global audiences. His research interest is in the broad Human-Computer Interaction area focusing on online collaboration, cross-cultural studies, open science, and community design.
Laura Pina explores designing, building, and evaluating mobile and ubiquitous technologies in the health space. In particular, her work expands the design lens from designing for an individual to designing technologies that address the cooperative nature of families to enable health tracking at the family level. Her experience spans the entire cycle of development, from understanding unmet needs to creating technological solutions. Laura holds a joint appointment Computer Science & Engineering working with Professor James Fogarty and in Human Centered Design & Engineering working with Professor Julie Kientz. Prior to joining the University of Washington, she completed her Ph.D. in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.
Originally from Greece, Konstantinos Rematas is a postdoctoral research associate in the GRAIL lab of University of Washington working with Steve Seitz, Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman and Brian Curless. Recently Konstantinos completed his Ph.D. at Visics group of K.U. Leuven in Belgium where his thesis focused on generating novel views of 2D objects with the guidance of 3D models. Before arriving in Leuven, Konstantinos attended the Media Informatics master program of RWTH Aachen University and University of Bonn in Germany. He completed his CS bachelor’s at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Babak Salimi is a postdoctoral research associate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he works with Dan Suciu and the Database Group. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and his M.Sc. in Computation Theory (2009) and B.Sc. in Computer Engineering (2006) from Sharif University of Technology and Azad University of Mashahd, respectively. Babak's research interests cover Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Database Theory, Causality Theory, Statistical Inference and Data Analysis. Specifically, he would like to explore notion of causality and explanation in data exploration. In particular, the intention is to adapt methods from statistical inference to the task of explaining phenomena in databases. His Ph.D. research, advised by Professor Leopoldo Bertossi, focused on causality and reverse data management problems.
Roy Schwartz is a postdoctoral researcher at University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, working with Noah Smith and Oren Etzioni. His main research area is building computational models that can "understand" text scenes. Roy completed his Ph.D. at the School of Computer Science and Engineering of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he worked with Professor Ari Rappoport. He completed his Master's degree in computer science and his B.Sc. in computer science and cognitive science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Spencer Sevilla is a postdoctoral researcher in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, where he works with Kurtis Heimerl and the ICTD Lab. His research is focused on improving internet access in remote and disconnected parts of the world, with a current focus on rural and indigenous cellular networks. Spencer received his Ph.D. in 2017 from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he was advised by J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves.
Daqing Yi is a postdoctoral research associate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, working with Professor Siddhartha Srinivasa in the Personal Robotics Lab. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brigham Young University under the supervision of Professor Michael Goodrich. His primary research interests are in the field of human-centered robotics intelligence and motion planning. His current research focuses on manipulation and language communication of robots that collaborate with humans.
Chun Zhao is a postdoctoral research associate in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, working with Professor Michael Taylor in the Bespoke Silicon Group. His primary research interests are in the fields of computer architecture, digital integrated circuits, system on chip and embedded systems. His current research focuses on RISC-V based open source microprocessors and peripheral interfaces, with an emphasis on the design and implementation of memory controller and PHY IPs. Chun received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He received his B.E. from Harbin Institute of Technology.