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Rising Stars in CS Lecture Series

The UMass Amherst CICS Rising Stars in Computer Science lecture series highlights the stellar work of young computer scientists about to launch into careers in academia. Join us to hear from rising stars working to solve pressing issues facing the field.

The Rising Stars lecture series is currently on hiatus with plans to return in Fall 2022. 

2020 Rising Stars 

Diversity and Inequality in Social Networks:
From Recommendation to Information Diffusion

Presenter: Ana-Andreea Stoica, PhD candidate, Columbia University
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm via Zoom 
Lecture Recording

Two Disparate Applications of Independent Set Algorithms: The
Hard Sphere Model and Preparing Biological Sequence Data for

Presenter: Samantha Petti, post-doc, NSF-Simons Center, Harvard University 
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 12:00 pm via Zoom 
Lecture Recording 

Toward Privacy Enhanced Solutions For Granular Control Over Health
Data Collected by Wearable Devices​

Presenter: Byron Lowens, PhD candidate, Clemson University 
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm via Zoom  
Lecture Recording

Social Commonsense for Social Good
Presenter: Saadia Gabriel, PhD student, University of Washington
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm via Zoom
Lecture Recording

Modeling the Dynamics of Poverty 
Presenter: Rediet Abebe, incoming Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley 
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12:00 pm via Zoom
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2019 Rising Stars 

Informing Privacy and Security Decision-Making in an IoT World​
Presenter: Pardis Emami-Naeini, PhD Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 2:30 pm, CS Building, Rm. 150/151 
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Proof Engineering Tools for a New Era​
Presenter: Talia Ringer, PhD Candidate, University of Washington
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 12:00 pm, CS Building, Rm. 150/151 
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Expanding the Reach of Fuzzing: from Exposing Syntax Errors to Enabling Program Synthesis  
Presenter: Caroline Lemieux, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm, CS Building, Rm. 150/151 
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Targeted Client Synthesis for Detecting Concurrency Bugs​
Presenter: Malavika Samak, Postdoctoral Associate, MIT
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 4:00 pm, CS Building, Rm. 150/151 
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2018 Rising Stars 

Helena: A Web Automation Language for End Users
Presenter: Sarah Chasins, PhD Candidate, University of California Berkeley 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 4:00 pm, CS Building, Rm. 151 
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Personalized Behavior-Powered Systems for Guiding Self-Experiments 
Presenter: Nediyana Daskalova, PhD Candidate, Brown University  
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 4:00 pm, CS Building, Rm. 151 
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Paradise Unplugged: How We Create a More Empathetic and Helpful Online Community  
Presenter: Denae Ford, PhD Candidate, North Carolina State University 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 4:00 pm, CS Building, Rm. 151 
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Learning from the People: From Normative to Descriptive Solutions  
to Problems in Security, Privacy, and Machine Learning

Presenter: Elissa Redmiles, PhD Candidate, University of Maryland College Park 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 4:00 pm, CS Building, Rm. 151 
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