The CSE Fellows Program is intended to support exceptional postdoctoral researchers in computer science. The program seeks to recruit 1-3 fellows a year for a two year postdoctoral appointment working alongside a UCSD CSE faculty mentor.

Fellows will be joining a vibrant CS research community and will have access to the broader UCSD research enterprise, including the Halicioglu Data Science Institute, San Diego SuperComputer, the Design Lab, and UCSD Health.

The goal of this program is to enhance the diversity of research at UCSD CSE, while also preparing the Fellows for careers in academia or industry, and to offer opportunities for student mentorship, grant writing, and collaboration across disciplines.




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Eleonore Ferrier

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). 



Noah Fleming

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.

Following his appointment as a CSE Fellow, Noah accepted an Assistant Professor position at Memorial University.



Francesco Restuccia

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.





2020 CSE Fellows

Samira Mirbagher Ajorpaz

Faculty Mentor: Dean Tullsen
Ph.D., Texas A&M

Mirbagher Ajorpaz studies computer architecture, machine learning and computer system security. She works on designing prediction units into processors to increase efficiency; exploring machine learning technologies to fit into microprocessors’ small scale and tight timing margins; and developing more secure processor designs. In winter 2021, Ajorpaz is teaching CSE 240C, Advanced Microarchitecture.

Following her appointment as a CSE Fellow, Samira accepted an Assistant Professor position at North Carolina State University.


Jane E

Faculty Mentor: Scott Klemmer
Ph.D., Stanford University

Jane E studies the intersection between human-computer interaction, computer graphics and photography. Creative endeavors can be intimidating and sometimes it’s hard to get expert advice. The solution may be building coaching directly into the creative tool. These embedded insights could help photographers understand lighting, composition, etc. During her thesis work, she focused on designing camera guidance tools that could help novice photographers assess their artistic choices. Now, she wants to extend this coaching to other creative areas.


Grant Ho

Faculty Mentors: Geoff Voelker and Stefan Savage
Ph.D. candidate, UC Berkeley

Grant Ho studies computer security with a special focus on the intersection between data and security. He develops algorithms, systems and empirical insights to help organizations thwart sophisticated attacks. At CSE, he will study new defenses against targeted enterprise attacks, which have generated billions in losses, developing approaches that identify and mitigate attacks to make organizations more resilient and secure.

Following his appointment as a CSE Fellow, Grant accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Chicago.


Daniel Moghimi

Faculty Mentors: Deian Stefan and Nadia Heninger
Ph.D.: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Daniel Moghimi studies computer security, focusing on side-channel cryptanalysis, microarchitectural security and hardware-based trusted computing. At CSE, he will leverage algorithmic approaches and compiler-based techniques to build automated analysis tools and architectural security primitives, automatically testing the security of trusted applications and defining new execution models to support data privacy.

Following his appointment as a CSE Fellow, Daniel accepted an Assistant Professor position at UT Austin.