2018-19 PhD Graduates

We in the department are extremely proud of our students who have successfully completed their PhD. Congratulations on this achievement and best wishes as you begin an exciting new phase of life!

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Kunal Lillaney on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Building Hierarchical Storage Services in the Cloud” on April 4, 2019.

Primary Advisor: Randal Burns.
For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Zeyu Zhang on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Approximation Algorithms and Hardnesses for Compressing Graphs with Distance Constraints” on March 15, 2019.

Primary Advisor: Michael Dinitz.
Professional Plans: I will join the Facebook team.
For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Pushpendre Rastogi on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Representation Learning for Words and Entities” on March 7, 2019.

Primary Advisor: Benjamin Van Durme.
Professional Plans: I will join the Contextual Carryover team in Amazon Alexa as an Applied-Research Scientist.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Preetham Chalasani on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Complementary Situational Awareness For Intelligent Telerobotic Surgical Assistant System” on October 18, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Russell Taylor.
Professional Plans: During his Ph.D., Preetham interned at Intuitive Surgical and will be joining the team later this year.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Jacob Pritt on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Methods for Identifying Variation in Large-Scale Genomic Data” on October 9, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Benjamin Langmead.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Prada Nino on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Signal Processing on Textured Meshes” on October 9, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Misha Kazhdan.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Nikita Ivkin on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Streaming algorithms for finding frequent items” on October 5, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Vladimir Braverman.
Professional Plans: I will be joining Amazon AWS.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Zaoxing (Alan) Liu  on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Improving Genome Annotation with RNA-seq Data” on September 28, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Vladimir Braverman.

Professional Plans:  Alan will join CMU/Harvard as a Postdoc.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Dr. Li Song on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Improving Genome Annotation with RNA-seq Data” on September 24, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Liliana Florea.

Professional Plans: I will join Dr. X. Shirley Liu’s lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a postdoc position.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr.  Amy Babay on the recent successful defense of her thesis work,“Timely, Reliable, and Cost-Effective Internet Transport Service using Structured Overlay Networks” on September 21, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Yair Amir

Professional Plans: Amy has joined as a partner in Spread Concepts LLC to advance some of her research toward commercialization. She will be exploring faculty position possibilities for the next academic year.

For more information about her research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Tom Tantillo on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Intrusion-Tolerant SCADA for the Power Grid” on September 20, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Yair Amir

Professional Plans: Tom is working for Symbiont (https://symbiont.io), a startup company creating a permissioned blockchain platform to support a variety of financial services.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Adrian Benton on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Learning Representations of Social Media Users” on September 7, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Mark Dredze

Professional Plans:  Adrian will be joining Bloomberg L.P.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Purnima Rajan on the recent successful defense of her thesis work, “Object Counting and Localization: A Statistical Approach” on September 5, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Greg Hager

For more information about her research, click here.

 

 

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