PhD Graduates

We in the department are extremely proud of our students who have successfully completed their PhD!

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Hamilton on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, ” Distributed Parallel Extreme Event Analysis in Next Generation Simulation Architectures” on May 3, 2017.

In my research I present a distributed parallel system named Myrcene for extracting scientific data from exascale simulations that run on next generation supercomputing architectures.  I’ve designed two methods of extraction for turbulence simulations that reduce the data by a tenth of the original size for long term storage, and utilize these methods in Myrcene. – Stephen Hamilton

Primary Adviser: Randal Burns

Professional Plans: I will be a research scientist starting this summer at the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Ian Miers on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, ” Building an Anonymous Bitcoin like Crypto-Currency” on June 14, 2017.

Ian Miers is working on applied cryptography and privacy enhancing technologies advised by Professor Matthew Green. His work includes anonymous crypto-currencies (Zerocoin and Zerocash), decentralized anonymous credentials, and secure messaging including attacks on Apple iMessage.

Primary Adviser: Matt Green

For more information about his research, click here.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Alex Cheng on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, ” Calibration and Tracking in Intraoperative Ultrasound with Active Acoustic and Photoacoustic Point Localization” on July 6, 2017.

During his studies at Hopkins, Alex was involved in 6 journal articles, 19 conference publications, 8 abstracts, and 4 patents. In 2012, he won the MUUSS fellowship, the best poster award at CARS in 2014, and the JHU Professor Joel Dean Excellence in Teaching Award in 2016. His research interests include ultrasound-guided interventions, photoacoustic tracking, and surgical robotics.

Primary Adviser: Emad Boctor

For more information about his research, click here.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Zihan Chen on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, ” A Scalable, High-performance, Real-time Control Architecture with Application to Semi-autonomous Teleoperation” on July 7, 2017.

His research focuses on scalable, high-performance control system and semi-autonomous teleoperation.

Primary Adviser:
Peter Kazanzides

Professional Plans: I will join Verb Surgical once I complete my studies at Hopkins.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Travis Wolfe on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Report Linking” on July 25, 2017.

His research focuses  on information extraction and machine learning for natural language processing.

Primary Adviser: Mark Dredze

Professional Plans:  I will join Google Research in Mountain View.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Nanyun Peng on the recent successful defense of her thesis work, “Jointly Learning Representations for Low-resource Information Extraction” on July 25, 2017.

Nanyun’s research interests span Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Social Networks, with special interests in information extraction and morphology/phonology modeling.

Primary Adviser: Mark Dredze

Professional Plans: I will join the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (USC-ISI) starting 2017 fall.

For more information about her research, click here.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Ring on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Adaptive Asynchronous Control and Consistency in Distributed Data Exploration Systems” on July 27, 2017.

His research focuses on machine learning and streaming systems that provide a backbone to transform vast arrays of raw data into valuable information.

Primary Adviser: Matthew Green

Professional Plans: I will serve as the Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Army Cyber Protection Brigade in Fort Gordon, GA.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Garman on the recent successful defense of her thesis work, “Securing Deployed Cryptographic Systems” on August 3, 2017.

Christina’s research interests focus largely on practical and applied cryptography. More specifically, her work has concentrated on the security of deployed cryptographic systems from all aspects, including the evaluation of real systems, improving the tools that we have to design and create them, and actually creating real, deployable systems.

Primary Adviser:  Matthew Green

Professional Plans: I will join the faculty at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor.

For more information about her research, click here.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan B. Cho on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Forward and Inverse Treatment Planning Solutions for Small Animal Radiation Research” on August 9, 2017.

Nathan’s research interests focuses on the development and validation of algorithms for complex dose planning and treatment delivery solutions based on the treatment planning system (TPS) of the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP).

Primary Adviser: Peter Kazanzides

Professional Plans: I will join Elekta.

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Frank Ferraro on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Unsupervised Induction of Frame-Based Linguistic Forms” on August 21, 2017.

Frank’s research interest focuses on developing and evaluating probabilistic models of complex events and situations. For more information about his research, click here.

Primary Advisor: Ben Van Durme

Professional Plans: I’m joining the UMBC CS department as an assistant professor.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Matthias Lee on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “High Performance Cross-Matching and Computational Optics for Telescopes” on August 29, 2017.

Matthias’ research focuses on GPU-acceleration, Image Processing, NoSQL databases, low-power computing and performance testing.

For more information about his research, click here.

Primary Advisor: Tamas Budavari

Professional Plans: I will be joining Appian in Reston, Virginia as their Lead Performance Engineer.

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