Graduating Ph.D.s + Postdocs

2020-2021

The below Ph.D. Students and Postdoctoral Scholars are expected to graduate in 2020-2021.

Ph.D. Students

Nitish Gupta

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Advisor(s): Dan Roth
Research Area(s): Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning
Research Topic: Learning to Reason for Natural Language Understanding via Compositional and Modular Models
Employment Preference: Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Marcella Hastings

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Advisor(s): Nadia Heninger
Research Area(s): (Applied) Cryptography
Research Topic: Secure Multi-Party Computation in Practice
Employment Preference: Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Joel Hypolite

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Advisor(s): Jonathan M Smith and Andre DeHon
Research Area(s): Systems
Research Topic: Methods for Engineering and Evaluating Systems that Make Inferences and Decisions
Employment Preference: Academia – Research
Expected Graduation: Fall 2021

Anupama Jha

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Advisor(s): Yoseph Barash
Research Area(s): Computational Biology, Machine Learning
Research Topic: Integrative Deep Models for Alternative Splicing
Employment Preference: Academia – Research, Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Fall 2020

Minchen Li

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Advisors(s): Chenfanfu Jiang
Research Area(s): Numerical Optimization, Physical Simulation, Geometry Processing
Research Topic: Robust and Accurate Simulation of Elastodynamics and Contact
Employment Preference: Academia – Research, Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Fall 2020

Sangdon Park

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Postdoc Mentor(s): Insup Lee and Osbert Bastani
Research Area(s): Machine Learning, Cyber-Physical Systems
Research Topic: Uncertainty Estimation toward Safe AI
Employment Preference: Academia – Research, Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Stephen Phillips

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Advisors(s): Kostas Daniilidis
Research Area(s): Computer Vision, Machine Learning
Research Topic: Learning Representations for Matching
Employment Preference: Academia – Research
Expected Graduation: Fall 2020

Zachary Schutzman

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Advisors(s): Aaron Roth
Research Area(s): Algorithmic Game Theory, Machine Learning
Research Topic: Fairness in Machine Learning, Algorithms and Electoral Redistricting
Employment Preference: Academia – Research, Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Joshuah Wolper

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Advisors(s): Chenfanfu Jiang
Research Area(s): Physically Based Animation, Continuum Damage Mechanics, Numerical Modeling
Research Topic: Continuum Damage Approaches for Simulating Material Fracture
Employment Preference: Industry – Research, Academia – Research
Expected Graduation: Fall 2021

Yinjun Wu

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Advisors(s): Susan B. Davidson
Research Area(s): Databases, Data Science, Machine Learning
Research Topic: Efficient Provenance-Aware Reasoning in Data Science Applications
Employment Preference: Academia – Research, Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Summer 2021

Hengchu Zhang

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Advisors(s): Benjamin Pierce
Research Area(s): Differential Privacy, Programming Language Theory, Formal Methods, Software Testing
Research Topic: Language-based Methods for Differential Privacy
Employment Preference: Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Teng Zhang

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Advisors(s): Oleg Sokolsky and Insup Lee
Research Area(s): Formal Methods
Research Topic: Runtime Verification Framework for Self-Adaptive Software
Employment Preference: Academia – Research, Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Qizhen Zhang

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Advisors(s): Vincent Liu and Boon Thau Loo
Research Area(s): Databases, Systems & Networking
Research Topic: Scaling Data Systems in the Cloud
Employment Preference: Academia – Research, Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Nan Zheng

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Advisors(s): Zachary G. Ives
Research Area(s): Databases, Data Science, Data Provenance
Research Topic: Fine-Grained Provenance for Data Analytics Computation
Employment Preference: Industry – Research
Expected Graduation: Fall 2020

Postdoctoral Scholars

Radoslav Ivanov

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Postdoc Mentor(s): Rajeev Alur and George Pappas
Research Area(s): Cyber-Physical Systems
Research Topic: Verification of Autonomous Systems with Neural Network Components
Employment Preference: Academia – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Yiannis Kantaros

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Postdoc Mentor(s): Insup Lee and George Pappas
Research Area(s): Robotics
Research Topic: Safe Robot Autonomy in Unknown and Adversarial Environments
Employment Preference: Academia – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Elior Sulem

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Postdoc Mentor(s): Dan Roth
Research Area(s): Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning
Research Topic: Computational Semantics, Events, Psycholinguistics
Employment Preference: Academia – Research
Expected Graduation: Summer 2021

Juba Ziani

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Postdoc Mentor(s): Sampath Kannan, Michael Kearns, Aaron Roth, Rakesh Vohra
Research Area(s): Algorithmic Game Theory, Machine Learning
Research Topic: Data Markets, Mechanism Design, Data Privacy, Fairness, Strategic Machine Learning
Employment Preference: Academia – Research
Expected Graduation: Spring 2021

Graduate Program:

Your CIS Contacts:

Redian Furxhiu
Graduate Coordinator for on-campus MCIT, CIS/MSE and CGGT programs
Office: 308 Levine
Phone: 215-898-1668
Email: redian@seas.upenn.edu

Staci Kaplan
Graduate Coordinator for DATS and SCMP
Office: 308 Levine
Phone: 215-573-2431
Email: stacilk@seas.upenn.edu

Britton Carnevali
Graduate Coordinator for PhD program
Office: 310 Levine
Phone: 215-898-5515
Email: brittonc@cis.upenn.edu

Colleen Kennedy
Graduate Coordinator for ROBO
Office: 459 Levine
Phone: 215-573-4907
Email: robo-coord@seas.upenn.edu

Liz Wai-Ping Ng
Associate Director for Embedded Systems MSE program
Office: 313 Levine
Phone: 215-898-8543
Email: wng@cis.upenn.edu