Computer Science and Engineering

PhDs and postdocs on the job market


Aporva Amarnath
PhD candidate
aporvaa@umich.edu

Website: https://web.eecs.umich.edu/~aporvaa/
Areas of expertise: Computer Architecture, Systems for beyond-Moore technologies, Heterogeneous Systems
Dissertation topic: Towards Building Efficient and Reliable Emerging Technology Systems
Preferred employment: Industry – Research
Advisor: Ronald Dreslinski
Expected graduation date: 8/30/2121


Javad Bagherzadeh
PhD candidate
javadb@umich.edu

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/javad-bagherzadeh-b960555b/
Areas of expertise: FPGA Design, RTL Design, Novel Architectures, 3D computer chips, Reliability
Dissertation topic: Novel architectures and design technologies for reliable computing and experimental 3D computer chips
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Industry – Development
Advisor: Ronald Dreslinski
Expected graduation date: 12/31/2020


Subarno Banerjee
PhD candidate
subarno@umich.edu

Website: http://web.eecs.umich.edu/~subarno
Areas of expertise: Programming Languages, Software Engineering
Dissertation topic: Robust, Reliable, and Repairable Systems with Targeted Program Analyses
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: Satish Narayanasamy
Expected graduation date: 8/30/2021


Huck Bennett
Postdoctoral researcher
hdbco@umich.edu

Website: https://web.eecs.umich.edu/~hdbco/
Areas of expertise: Theoretical computer science, algorithms, computational complexity, lattices
Dissertation topic: Lattices and geometric algorithms
Preferred employment: Academia – Research
Advisor: Chris Peikert
End of appointment: 8/15/2021


Karthik Desingh
Postdoctoral researcher
kdesingh@cs.washington.edu

Website: http://karthikdesingh.com/
Areas of expertise: Robotics, Computer Vision, AI
Dissertation topic: Efficient Belief Propagation for Perception and Manipulation in Clutter
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: Chad Jenkins (Ph.D. advisor), Dieter Fox (Posdoc advisor)
End of appointment: 6/13/2022


Marlena Duda
PhD candidate
marlenad@umich.edu

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/marlenaduda/home
Areas of expertise: Time Series methods, machine learning, fMRI, dynamic functional connectivity
Dissertation topic: Informed Segmentation Approaches for Dynamic Functional Connectivity Estimation
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: Danai Koutra and Chandra Sripada
Expected graduation date: 7/17/2021


Arya Farahi
Postdoctoral researcher
aryaf@umich.edu

Website: http://afarahi.github.io/
Areas of expertise: Algorithmic Fairness, AI in Uncertain Settings, Uncertainty Quantification, Astroinformatics, Urban Informatics
Dissertation topic: Multi-wavelength Facets of Galaxy Clusters
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: Danai Koutra
End of appointment: 8/31/2021


Juncheng Gu
PhD candidate
jcgu@umich.edu

Website: https://web.eecs.umich.edu/~jcgu/
Areas of expertise: Computer Systems and Networking
Dissertation topic: Efficient Resource Management for Deep Learning Clusters
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Industry – Development, Academia – Research, Academia – Teaching
Advisor: Kang G. Shin and Mosharaf Chowdhury
Expected graduation date: 8/31/2021


Yu Huang
PhD candidate
yhhy@umich.edu

Website: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~yhhy/
Areas of expertise: Software Engineering; Human Factors; Medical Imaging; Mobile Sensing
Dissertation topic: Understanding User Cognition: From Spatial Ability to Code Writing and Review
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: Westley Weimer
Expected graduation date: 5/1/2021


Jonathan K Kummerfeld
Postdoctoral researcher
jkummerf@umich.edu

Website: https://www.jkk.name
Areas of expertise: Natural Language Processing
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: Rada Mihalcea
End of appointment: 9/1/2021


Kevin Leach
Postdoctoral researcher
kjleach@umich.edu

Website: https://kjleach.eecs.umich.edu
Areas of expertise: Systems security, software engineering, binary analysis
Dissertation topic: Transparent System Introspection in Support of Analyzing Stealthy Malware
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research, Academia – Teaching
Advisor: Westley Weimer
End of appointment: 5/30/2021


Peter Lindes
PhD candidate
plindes@umich.edu

Areas of expertise: AI, cognitive modeling, language comprehension
Dissertation topic: A computational model of human language comprehension
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: John Laird
Expected graduation date: 6/30/2021


Lajanugen Logeswaran
PhD candidate
llajan@umich.edu

Website: https://sites.google.com/umich.edu/llajan/
Areas of expertise: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing
Dissertation topic: Text Understanding from Limited Supervision: Representation Learning, Transfer Learning and Few-shot Learning
Preferred employment: Industry – Research
Advisor: Honglak Lee
Expected graduation date: 4/30/2021


Aditya Modi
PhD candidate
admodi@umich.edu

Website: https://adityamodi.github.io/
Areas of expertise: Reinforcement Learning, Machine Learning, Statistical Learning Theory
Dissertation topic: Utilizing Structure for Efficient Exploration in Reinforcement Learning: Contextual, Multi-task and Representation Learning
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: Satinder Singh Baveja, Ambuj Tewari
Expected graduation date: 8/30/2021


Subhankar Pal
PhD candidate
subh@umich.edu

Website: https://subhankarpal.com
Areas of expertise: Computer Architecture
Dissertation topic: Towards Closing the Programmability-Efficiency Gap using Software-Defined Hardware
Preferred employment: Industry – Research
Advisor: Ronald G. Dreslinski
Expected graduation date: 8/31/2021


Michalis Papakostas
Postdoctoral researcher
mpapakos@umich.edu

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/michalis-papakostas/home
Areas of expertise: Affective Computing, HCI, Multimodal Machine Learning, Human Behavior Modeling & Monitoring
Dissertation topic: From Body To Brain: Using AI to Identify User Skills & Intentions in Interactive Scenarios
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Advisor: Rada Mihalcea
End of appointment: 6/20/2020


Sunghyun Park
PhD candidate
sunggg@umich.edu

Areas of expertise: Compiler, System for ML
Dissertation topic: Compiler Auto-tuning for Code Optimization
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Industry – Development
Advisor: Scott Mahlke
Expected graduation date: 5/30/2021


Andrew Quinn
PhD candidate
arquinn@umich.edu

Website: web.eecs.umich.edu/~arquinn
Areas of expertise: Operating Systems, Distributed Systems, Reliability, Debugging
Dissertation topic: Data-centric Techniques for Resolving Software Errors
Preferred employment: Academia – Research
Advisor: Peter Chen and Jason Flinn
Expected graduation date: 5/1/2021


Zohreh Sharafi
Postdoctoral Researcher
zohrehsh@umich.edu

Website: http://zohreh-sharafi.ca/
Areas of expertise: Software Engineering, Human Aspects of Software Development
Dissertation topic: On the Influence of Representation Type and Gender on Recognition Tasks of Program Comprehension
Preferred employment: Academia – Research; Industry – Research
Advisor: Dr. Westley Weimer
End of appointment: 6/5/2021


Jie Song
PhD student
jiesongk@umich.edu

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jiesongk/
Areas of expertise: Dataset search, data mashup, data integration, entity matching, data quality, data provenance, data documentation, data reproducibility
Dissertation topic: Facilitating Location and Use of Socio-economic Data with Minimal User Intervention
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Industry – Development, Academia – Research
Advisor: H. V. Jagadish
Expected graduation date: 4/30/2021


Akshitha Sriraman
PhD candidate
akshitha@umich.edu

Website: https://akshithasriraman.eecs.umich.edu/
Areas of expertise: Computer Architecture, Software Systems, Data Center-Scale Computing
Dissertation topic: Enabling Hyperscale Web Services
Preferred employment: Academia – Research
Advisor: Thomas F. Wenisch
Expected graduation date: 5/31/2021


Bryan Stearns
PhD candidate
stearns@umich.edu

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-stearns/
Areas of expertise: Cognitive architecture, task-general learning mechanisms, cognitive modeling, symbolic systems, context-based adaptive reasoning
Dissertation topic: Advancing a Computational Understanding of Task-General Human Learning
Preferred employment: Industry – Research
Advisor: John Laird
Expected graduation date: 4/1/2021


Charles Welch
PhD candidate
cfwelch@umich.edu

Website: cfwelch.com
Areas of expertise: Natural Language Processing
Dissertation topic: Leveraging Longitudinal Data for Personalized Prediction and Word Representations
Preferred employment: Academia – Research, Academia – Teaching
Advisor: Rada Mihalcea
Expected graduation date: 12/9/2020


Yiqun Yao
Postdoctoral researcher
yaoyq@umich.edu

Website: https://flaminghorizon.github.io/
Areas of expertise: Artificial Intelligence
Dissertation topic: Multimodal AI and Natural Language Understanding
Preferred employment: Industry – Research, Industry – Development, Academia – Research
Advisor: Rada Mihalcea
End of appointment: 9/1/2021


Fang-Yi Yu
Postdoctoral researcher
fayu@umich.edu

Website: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~fayu/
Areas of expertise: Economics and Computation, AI, theoretical computer science
Dissertation topic: Agent based modeling, social network, random process
Preferred employment: Academia – Research
Advisor: Grant Schoenebeck
End of appointment: 8/30/2019