The hiring season for new CSE faculty is now in full swing. Between February 5 and the end of March, nine potential recruits have so far been invited to deliver talks on their areas of research expertise as part of the recruiting process. Of those, more than half are women, including an assistant professor from Notre Dame, a postdoc as well as a Ph.D. candidate (both from Carnegie Mellon), and Ph.D. candidates from UC Berkeley and a German research institute. The five female candidates include:
Friday, February 5, 11am: Heather Knight will talk about "Algorithms for Charismatic Robots" (see CSE web calendar for Knight's abstract.) She is a Ph.D. candidate at Carnegie Mellon and an alumna of the MIT Media Lab's Personal Robots group. Knight's research interests include human-robot interaction, non-verbal machine communications, and non-anthropomorphic social robots. Knight was featured on the cover of Wired magazine's UK edition with her comedy performance robot named Data. She is also the founder of Marilyn Monrobot, which stages an annual Robot Film Festival (as well as "robot comedy" TED Talks). Knight was named to the 2011 Forbes List of 30 under 30 in Science, and her work also includes robotics and instrumentation at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, interactive installations with Syyn Labs, as well as field applications and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics.
Monday, February 8, 11am: Another candidate from Carnegie Mellon, Ndapa (pronounced "daka") Nakashole, has been a postdoctoral fellow in CMU's School of Computer Science since 2013. Her research interests are in machine reading, natural language processing, machine learning, and data mining. Before joining CMU, Nakashole received a Ph.D. in computer science from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Informatics, where she also received the Max Planck Society's dissertation award. Nakashole did her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Cape Town in her native South Africa.
Wednesday, March 2, Noon: Stefanie Mueller is completing her Ph.D. in computer science and human-computer interaction (HCI) in 2016. Her dissertation at Germany's Hasso-Plattner-Institute is on interacting with personal fabrication machines. Mueller shared in the Best Paper awarded at ACM's Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) conference in 2013, for a paper on "LaserOrigami: Laser-Cutting 3D Objects," and she has two papers to be presented at CHI 2016 this May, including a "sensemaking" tactile display system based on a 3D printer designed to be used by the visually impaired.
Monday, March 7, 11am: Justine Sherry is finishing her Ph.D. in computer science at UC Berkeley this May. Her research interests are primarily in computer networks, including middleboxes (such as firewalls and caches), networked systems, measurement, Internet architecture, cloud computing, and congestion control. Her dissertation is on new opportunities and challenges arising from moving middlebox services to clouds and ISPs. In 2015, Sherry received the Best Student Paper award at SIGCOMM 2015, for her paper on "Rollback Recovery for Middleboxes." She earned her M.S. in 2012, also from UC Berkeley, after completing undergraduate degrees in computer science and international studies at the University of Washington in 2010. Mueller has held software engineering internships at Amazon, Microsoft Research, and Research Intern.