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Studying Climate Change Through Surfing with Smartfin - We Are CSE: Jasmine Simmons
Smartfin is a surfboard fin that allows scientists to collect data about the ocean with the help of surfers around the world. The project brings together engineers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and students from the Computer Science and Engineering department at UC San Diego. Traditionally, it has been difficult to collect data near the shore because waves damage any instruments researchers place in the water. But, Smartfin turns that challenge into an advantage...
Nadia Polikarpova: Creating New Languages for Programming
2020 Sloan Research Fellow Nadia Polikarpova is an assistant professor at CSE, and a member of the Programming Systems group. She received her PhD. in computer science from ETH Zurich in 2014. She then spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Polikarpova's work spans the areas of programming languages and formal methods; in particular, she is interested in building practical tools and techniques that make it easier for...
Ariana Mirian: Improving Internet Security
Ariana is a PhD student at UC San Diego, where she works with the Sysnet, CryptoSec, and CNS groups at UCSD, as well as the Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR). She is advised by Geoff Voelker and Stefan Savage. As an undergrad, she started her academic journey in a security lab as an coder. She soon realized that the world of security would be an enthralling space that has repercussions for everyone that uses a computer today, and after doing some coding, she then...
David Kohlbrenner: Trusted Browsers for Uncertain Times
David Kohlbrenner is a PhD student at UC San Diego working with Sysnet
and CryptoSec advised by Hovav Shacham. His research focuses on how
hardware design impacts software security. David's work bridges gaps
in understanding between hardware and software to build systems that
are deserving of trust. As part of his research efforts, he has worked
extensively with web browsers to demonstrate new vulnerabilities and
integrate new defenses. Previously, David...
Manmohan Chandraker: Giving Computers the Gift of Vision
Manmohan Chandraker is an assistant professor at the CSE department of the University of California, San Diego. He received a PhD from UC San Diego and was a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley. His research interests are in computer vision, machine learning and graphics-based vision, with applications to autonomous driving and human-computer interfaces. His works have received the Marr Prize Honorable Mention for Best Paper at ICCV 2007, the 2009 CSE Dissertation Award for Best...
Steven Rick: Computing as a Teammate in Healthcare
Steven Rick is a CSE PhD student advised by Professor Nadir Weibel. As a member of the UC San Diego Design Lab and Human-Centered and Ubiquitous Computing Lab, his research lies at the intersection of technology, design, and human interaction. By using increasingly pervasive sensing and computing hardware, he seeks to understand the impact that communication has on interpersonal interaction. More specifically, how behavior influences the way doctors and patients work together....
Angelique Taylor - Improving Human-Robot Interaction
Angelique Taylor is a PhD student in the Healthcare Robotics Lab at the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC San Diego. Angelique completed two Bachelor's degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she worked on machine learning research and developed an interest in learning algorithms. Since then, she has become interested in machine learning methods that can be used for interactive agents, leading her to focus on...
Max Mellette: Improving Data Centers with Photonics
Max Mellette is a postdoctoral researcher in the CSE department at UC San Diego working with George Porter on data center network architecture. He received his Ph.D. in Photonics from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UC San Diego, where he worked on optical switching hardware advised by Joseph Ford. Before that, he received a Bachelor in Engineering Physics, also from UC San Diego. Max's research focuses on using optical switching to improve the...

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