2017-18 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 Dr. Vishwa Parekh on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Integrated Graph Theoretic, Radiomics and Deep Learning Framework for Personalized Radiological Diagnosis, Prognosis and Treatment Response Assessment of Body Tumors” on July 18, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Michael Jacobs

Professional Plans: I will be joining Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as a Research Associate.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

 

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Courtney Napoles on the recent successful defense of her thesis work, “Monolingual Sentence Rewriting as Machine Translation: Generation and Evaluation” on June 18, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Chris Callison-Burch.

Professional Plans: Courtney is a research scientist at Grammarly, where she is continuing her doctoral research.

For more information about her research, click here.

 

 

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Xiang Xiang on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Image-set, Temporal and Spatiotemporal Representations of Videos for Recognizing, Localizing and Quantifying Actions” on June 12, 2018

Primary Advisor: Gregory D. Hager.

Professional Plans: I will join Stefano Soatto as an Applied Research Scientist at Amazon AI.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Keisuke Sakaguchi  on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Towards AI-assisted Healthcare: System Design and Deployment for Machine Learning based Clinical Decision Support” on April 27, 2018.

Primary Advisor: Andreas Terzis.

Professional Plans:I’m actively searching for an engineer/scientist position in the area of AI-assist Healthcare.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Keisuke Sakaguchi  on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Robust Text Correction for Grammar and Fluency” on April 27, 2018.

Sakaguchi’s research interest is the intersection of Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Psycholinguistics,

Primary Advisor: Benjamin Van Durme.

Professional Plans: I will join the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) as a Research Scientist.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Stephyn Butcher  on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Information Exchange and Conflict Resolution in Particle Swarm Optimization Variants” on April 11, 2018.

Butcher’s research focuses mainly on topics in machine learning especially evolutionary computation although he’s also interested in programming language and software engineering issues.

Primary Advisor: John Sheppard
Professional Plans: After wrapping up at Hopkins, Butcher will continue to working and teaching…and doing a bit of Zen.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Chi Li on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Robust Learning Architectures for Perceiving Object Semantics and Geometry” on March 29, 2018.

Li’s research focuses on the visual understanding of object properties from semantic class to 3D pose and structure. To solve these problems, Li is particularly interested in leveraging scene geometry to enhance deep learning techniques on 2D/3D/Multi-view perception.

Primary Advisor: Greg Hager
Professional Plans: I am going to join Apple and continue my research of 2D/3D visual perception after graduation.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Ayushi Sinha on the recent successful defense of her thesis work, “Deformable registration using shape statistics with applications in sinus surgery” on March 22, 2018.

Sinha’s research interests lie specifically in segmentation and statistical analysis of anatomical structures, and registration.

Primary Advisor: Russ Taylor
Professional Plans: Starting the summer of 2018, Ayushi will continue at the Johns Hopkins University as a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow for 1 year. During this time, she plans to continue developing her ideas on segmentation, modeling and deformable registration to better understand variations in anatomical structures and to leverage this knowledge to provide better medical care to patients.

For more information about her research, click here.

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Panchapakesan Shyamshankar (Shyam) on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Domain-Specific Memory Management for Large-Scale Data Analytics” on March 12. 2018.

Shyam’s research spans the gamut from the most arcane of theory, to the depths of systems performance engineering.

Primary Advisor: Yanif Ahmad
Professional Plans: After wrapping up at Hopkins, Shyam will be joining Galois — a private research consultancy — as
a member of the technical staff.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Chris Paxton on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Creating Task Plans for Collaborative Robots” on March 5, 2018.

Praxton’s research interests are integrating symbolic task planning with learning from expert demonstrations. The goal is to give robots “common sense” and let them intelligently interact with their environments.

Primary Advisor:  Gregory Hager.
Professional Plans: To join Prof. Dieter Fox as a postdoctoral researcher at a new NVidia-funded robotics lab in Seattle

For more information about his research, click here. 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Kenneth D. Roe on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Toward a tool to verify complex data structure invariants” on February 15, 2018.

Ken’s research interests are in the area of formal verification and creating a practical tool based upon his experiences in the industry.

Primary Advisor: Scott Smith.
Professional Plans: After graduation, I plan to continue my job as a software engineer in the Hopkins Medical Center.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Juri Ganitkevitch  on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Large-Scale Paraphrasing for Text-to-Text Generation” on February 8, 2018.

Ganitkevitchs’ research interests includes large-scale statistical natural language transformation models and their applications.

Primary Advisor: Chris Callison-Burch.
Professional Plans: I’m a Senior Research Scientist at Google NYC, working on contextual, conversational natural language understanding.

For more information about his research, click here.

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Nathaniel (Wes) Filardo on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “2: Towards a General Weighted Logic Language” on October 12, 2017. Wes’s research interests include programming languages.

 Primary Advisor: Jason Eisner.

 

 

 

 

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Haichong (Kai) Zhang on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Enabling Technologies for Co-robotic Translational Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Imaging” on September 18, 2017. Kai’s research interests include medical imaging related to medical ultrasound, robotics, and photoacoustics.

Primary Advisor: Emad Boctor.

Professional Plans: I will become a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

The Department of Computer Science would like to congratulate Dr. Lin F. Yang on the recent successful defense of his thesis work, “Taming Big Data By Streaming” on September 11, 2017. Yang’s’ research naturally connects theoretical computer science with machine learning, and computational cosmology — in the big data regime.

Primary Advisor: Vladimir Braverman

Professional Plans: I will attend Princeton University for a Postdoc.

For more information about his research, click here.

 

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.

Primary Advisor: Tamas Budavari

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

For more information about his research, click here.

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.

Primary Advisor: Ben Van Durme

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

For more information about his 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. 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. 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: Yanif Ahmad

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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