PANEL 1: DEMYSTIFYING GRAD SCHOOL
Arturo Deza, Panelist
Arturo Deza received his B.Sc. in Robotics (Ingeniería Mecatrónica) in 2012 from Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima, Peru. He then completed his Ph.D. in Dynamical Neuroscience at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2018 advised by Miguel Eckstein where he began his research on visual search and foveated vision in humans and machines. In 2019, Arturo moved to Harvard University as a PostDoctoral Fellow with Talia Konkle at the Department of Psychology, and from early 2020 to date he is a PostDoctoral Research Associate working with Tomaso Poggio at MIT’s Center for Brains, Minds and Machines. His research interests span across the fields of psychophysics, representation learning, human-machine perception, and robotics. Easter-Egg: Influenced by his surfing and his research, Arturo is also an artist and he has had his first solo exhibition in Massachusetts's Unaffialiate.us Gallery in the Summer of 2021. Some of his works are on view at research labs in Harvard + MIT.
Lily Sisouvong, Panelist
Lily Sisouvong is a program coordinator for a newly launched program for undergraduate students called “Pathways to Success in Computer Science” at URI. She received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science in 2021, and is continuing her studies as a Masters student focusing on machine learning and the impact of gender bias on natural language processing models.
Noura Albarakati, Panelist
Noura Albarakati is a final-year Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science. she is interested in CS education, especially improving the participation of women and other underrepresented groups in CS. She is also interested in statistical learning, and predictive modeling.
Ronald Duarte, Panelist
Ronald Duarte is a Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Homeland Sensors and Analytics Group. His current work focuses on the research and development of video analytics and machine learning software/algorithms. He received a BS degree in 2011 and an MS degree in 2013, all in computer engineering from the University of Rhode Island. His graduate research work was on Improving Performance of Data-Parallel Applications on CPU-GPU Heterogeneous Systems.
Lisa DiPippo, Moderator
PANEL 2: funding DURING GRAD SCHOOL
Brittany Lewis, Panelist
Brittany Lewis is a computer science PhD student at the University of Rhode Island working with Dr. Krishna Venkatasubramanian. Her research is in the intersection of HCI and security and focuses on increasing the accessibility of security and safety for people with disabilities. Much of her work has centered on improving the accessibility of login systems for people with upper body motor disabilities. She is a former Worcester Polytechnic Institute presidential fellow and was formerly awarded an honorable mention from the NSF graduate research fellowship program. She is currently funded as a graduate research assistant in the ASSET lab. For more information, see her website: https://bgradel.github.io/website/.
Cara Mitnick, Panelist
Joan Peckham, Panelist
Katia Vega, Panelist
Katia Vega is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Design at the University of California, Davis, where she founded and directs the Interactive Organisms Lab. Her research leads new explorations of organisms-device symbiosis. She was a Postdoc Associate at MIT Media Lab (USA). She got her PhD and master’s degree in computer science at PUC-Rio (Brazil). She was a researcher in the Fine Arts Department at HKBU (Hong Kong). Her undergraduate studies were done in Computer Science at UNMSM (Peru). She publishes at top-tier computer science conferences and journals including CHI, TEI, DIS, IUI and IEEE Computer. Her work has been featured by BBC, New Scientist, Wired, Discovery, CNN, and awarded by SXSW, Ars Electronica, Ubimedia Competition, among others. Springer published her book: “Beauty Technology: Designing Seamless Interfaces for Wearable Computing”.
Abdeltawab Hendawi, Moderator
PANEL 3: LIFE AFTER GRAD SCHOOL
Adrian Flowers, Panelist
Dr. B. Adrian Flowers is a senior research engineer at Aptima, Inc. with a specialization in cognition and perception in virtual, mixed, and augmented reality (XR) environments. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2018 and has applied this expertise towards the design and development of novel methodologies to mitigate the negative physiological and cognitive effects of XR systems, and the enhancement of human perceptual capabilities.
Derek Aguiar, Panelist
Derek Aguiar is an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science and received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University. His research aims to develop probabilistic machine learning models, combinatorial algorithms, and scalable inference methods to better understand high-dimensional data, particularly genomics and genetics data applied to complex diseases.
Suzanne Mello-Stark, Panelist
Suzanne Mello-Stark holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island and is a faculty member of Rhode Island College’s Computer Science and Information Systems Department. She has published papers on election security and cybersecurity education and has been a GenCyber Program Director for the last seven years. The program, which is funded by the NSA, creates cybersecurity materials for high school students and hosts summer camps to increase diversity in cybersecurity. She serves on R.I. Congressman Langevin’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board and has led and served on numerous committees for the Anita Borg Institute, NCWIT, and Women in Cybersecurity. Suzanne has over twenty years of experience in software engineering and product management.