By Katie E. Ismael
This year’s class of CSE Fellows in UC San Diego’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) includes post-PhD researchers from Canada, Italy and France.
The diverse group of scholars was selected for the second cohort of the CSE Fellows Program, which was launched in 2020 to help give newly minted PhDs more opportunities during the coronavirus-fueled economic downturn.
Based on the Computer Research Association’s CI Fellows, the CSE Fellows Program will recruit between two and three postdocs a year for two years, with each fellow serving a two-year term. They will conduct cutting-edge research, expanding CSE’s world-class portfolio.
“This is a unique program, as we’re one of the few campuses in the U.S. funding these special postdoc positions,” said CSE Department Chair Sorin Lerner. “It’s a great way to increase the intellectual diversity at CSE, support great research and help gifted PhDs. We had a stellar first cohort of postdocs, and we are excited to see how this year’s group will change the world.”
Faculty Mentor: Nadir Weibel
PhD: Sorbonne Université, Paris, France
Ferrier’s research areas are surgical education, human learning and pedagogy. During this fellowship, she hopes to create a plan for 3D-surgical learning videos that provides trainers with pedagogical guidelines and specific technologies to capture surgeries in 3D while providing learners with a 3D interactive and immersive surgical experience to learn from past surgeries using Virtual Reality (VR).
Faculty Mentors: Russell Impagliazzo and Samuel Buss
PhD: University of Toronto
Fleming hopes to develop deeper connections between the size required of proofs in certain fragments of logic and the complexity of solving certain total search problems -- computational problems guaranteed to always have a solution. These connections have underpinned recent advances in the areas of circuit and proof complexity, and a deeper understanding of such connections will hopefully lead to further advancements.
Faculty Mentors: Sicun Gao, Nadia Polikarpova, Ryan Kastner
PhD: Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies Pisa (Italy)
Restuccia will work on advancing the security and safety of modern system-on-chip (SoC) platforms for the requirements of modern critical applications, such as autonomous vehicles, avionics, and space applications. A specific focus will be on Deep Neural Networks (DNN) hardware acceleration on FPGA SoCs.