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Editor-in-Chief Okke Schrijvers, Jennifer Jacobs
Departments Chief Adrian Scoica
Feature Editors Billy RathjeJudeth Oden ChoiNidhi Rastogi, Numair Khan, Richard Gomer, Shudong Hao, Talia Kohen, Yang Shen
Department Editors Abhishek BhattacharyaAndrew J. HunsuckerAsmaa RabieBryan KnowlesDarshit PatelDavid ByrdJay Patel, Johanna Schacht, Marinka ZitnikNur Al-Huda Hamdan, Tejas Khot
Digital Content Editor Pedro Lopes
News Editors Veronica Estrada-Galinanes, Soumya Jindal
Web Editor Abhineet Saxena
Bloggers Abdelrahman Hosny, Abhineet Saxena, Andrew J. Hunsucker, David Byrd, David Guerra, Dimitris Mitropoulos, Gustavo Fortes Tondello, Maria Kechagia, Norene Kelly, Olivia Simpson, Udayan Umapathi, Vassilios Karakoidas, Wolfgang Richter
XRDS Alumni Anirvana Mishra, Apoorvaa Singh, Chris Harrison, Daniel Gooch, Derek Bronish, Dmitry Batenkov, Doris Lee, Erin Carson, Fahad Khalid, Finn Kuusisto, Gideon Juve, Hanieh Moshki, Inbal Talgam-Cohen, Jason Thibodeau, Michael Bernstein, Poornima Kalyan Sundaram, Rob Simmons, Rohit GoyalRoger Finnegan, Ryan K.L.Ko, Sean Follmer, Sergiy Bogomolov, Sumit Narayan, Suranga Nath KasthurirathneTom Bartindale, Vaggelis Giannikas, Vicente Garcia Diaz, Peter KinnairdDerek BronishJames StanierMalay Bhattacharyya, Marius-Tudor Benea,   Rob SimmonsAnirban BasuJed BrubakerBen DeverettDaniel GoochDebarka SenguptaJeffrey Tzu Kwan Valino KohHannah Pileggi, Somdip Dey, Shawn Freeman, Luigi De Russis, John Kloosterman, Michael Zuba, Ryan Kelly, Virginie Lerays, Arka Bhattacharya, Shelby Solomon Darnell, Claudia Schulz
Okke Schrijvers

Okke Schrijvers   
Stanford, USA
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Okke Schrijvers is a PhD student at Stanford University who focuses on Algorithmic Game Theory. He's interested in applying research insights to practice, and in the societal impacts of technology.

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Jennifer Jacobs   
MIT, USA
Co-Editor-in-Chief

Jennifer Jacobs is a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab in the Lifelong Kindergarten Research Group. Her research examines ways to diversify participation and practice in computer programming by building expressive computational tools for art, design, digital fabrication, and craft. Jennifer received a Masters of Science from MIT and a Masters of Fine Art from Hunter College in Manhattan.

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Adrian Scoica   
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Departments Chief

Adrian Scoica is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. He holds an MPhil in Advanced Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, a BSc in Computer Science from the Politechnica University of Bucharest, and has worked as a Software Engineer on i18n, Machine Learning, and Natural Language Processing problems at Google. His current research interests the application of novel Machine Learning techniques to Natural Language Processing problems, and in his spare time, he enjoys reading, studying foreign languages, and mountain hiking.

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Billy Rathje   
University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Feature Editor

Billy Rathje is a junior at the University of Puget Sound majoring in computer science and English literature. His interests include bioinformatics and scientific computing. He has worked at the Oregon Health & Science University’s Proteomics Research Core, is a writing tutor, and enjoys app development, music, and theatre.

Judeth Oden Choi

Judeth Oden Choi   
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Feature Editor

Judeth Oden Choi is a Ph.D. student at the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. With a background in theatre, publishing, and community arts, she now studies games, the game design process and other interactive, participatory digital experiences. She is also co-editor and founder of Writ Large Press, experimenting with publishing in a networked world.

Nidhi Rastogi

Nidhi Rastogi   
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), USA
Feature Editor

Ms. Nidhi Rastogi is pursuing PhD in Computer Science at RPI with research in Cyber Security of distributed systems. Prior to joining RPI, she worked in the industry for four years in security and remote management of wireless devices on cellular networks at Verizon Wireless, NJ, and security of devices operating on the smart grid at Logic Technology Inc., Schenectady for the client GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna. Nidhi also has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati, OH.

Numair Khan   
NYU, USA
Feature Editor

Numair Khan did his masters in computer science from New York University and is currently engaged in research on the use of graphics processing units for ray tracing. His interests also include augmented reality systems and procedural modeling. A Fulbright scholar, Numair holds a bachelors degree in computer science from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan and spends his leisure time playing squash and reading history.

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Richard Gomer   
University of Southampton, UK
Feature Editor

Richard Gomer is a PhD student in the Web and Internet Science group at the University of Southampton, in the UK. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Web Science, both from Southampton. His main research interests are around choice architecture and subconscious decision making in online environments, particularly related to productivity and privacy.

Shudong Hao

Shudong Hao 
University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Feature Editor

Shudong Hao is a PhD student at University of Colorado Boulder whose research topic is focused on using topic models to efficiently analyze multilingual corpus, especially for low-resource languages. Previously, he was a student at Beijing Forestry University, where he co-founded the first Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. In his spare time, he enjoys painting and writing.

Talia Kohen   
Bar Ilan University,Israel
Feature Editor

Talia Kohen is a masters student in Bar Ilan University studying Computer Science and focusing on Natural Language Processing. She is looking at automatically detecting trends in the historical evolution of words leveraging the Google Books Corpus. Talia was one out of a total of ten Israeli women selected as Google Anita Borg Finalists, and she is a recipient a Bar Ilan scholarship for her studies. She was a member of the Microsoft Women of Excellence program. Previously, she worked as a systems engineer at Raytheon on their tracking and discrimination system after graduating Cornell in Electrical and Computer Engineering with honors. She hopes one day to be the CEO of her own tech company.

Yang Shen

Yang Shen   
UCLA, USA
Feature Editor

Yang Shen is a Ph.D. candidate from Bionics Lab, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at University of California - Los Angeles. He holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Hong Kong and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Automation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research focuses on exoskeleton robotics and its applications on post-stroke rehabilitation.

Abhishek Bhattacharya  
Amity University, Noida,India
Department Editor

Abhishek Bhattacharya is a second-year Computer Science and Engineering student at Amity University, Noida, India. His primary interests include Artificial Intelligence, Web Development, Big Data, Operating Systems et al.

Andrew J Hunsucker

Andrew J Hunsucker   
Indiana University, USA
Department Editor, Blogger

Andrew J Hunsucker is a PhD student at Indiana University in the School of Informatics and Computing studying interaction design pedagogy. He recently received his Master’s degree in Human Computer Interaction-Design from Indiana University, and his other research interests include storytelling, games, and augmented reality. His research is focused on understanding how designers are taught, and ensuring that they are learning the skills they need to succeed in their professional lives.

Asmaa Rabie

Asmaa Rabie   
Cairo University, Egypt
Department Editor

Asmaa Rabie is currently affiliated with Cairo University at the faculty of engineering as a teaching and research assistant. She holds the BSc degree in computer engineering and is pursuing her MSc degree at the same university. Her interests include Machine Learning, Inertial Navigation and Robotics, and her current research is focused on Gesture Recognition using mobile inertial sensors.

Bryan Knowles   
Western Kentucky University, USA
Department Editor

Bryan Knowles is a second-year M.S. student at Western Kentucky University studying Computer Science. His interests include Complex Systems, Stochastic Modeling, and Professional Writing. His current research examines anticipation of information on probabilistic decision making.

Darshit Patel

Darshit Patel   
Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, India
Department Editor

A final Year undergraduate student studying Computer Engineering at Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, Pune, India. He has been the Secretary of the college's ACM Student Chapter. His topics of interest include web development, algorithms and competitive programming. When not studying, he's usually found in the company of books.

David Byrd

David Byrd   
University of Baltimore, USA
Department Editor, Blogger

David Byrd is a doctoral student in the Information and Interaction Design Program of the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Baltimore (Maryland, USA). His research interest is in the effective dissemination of governmental archival holdings to a wide variety of audiences. He holds a master’s degree in international studies, and bachelors’ in both history and political science. His career to date has been spent in research, analysis, and writing on a variety of historical topics. He is an avid baseball player, photographer, and, mostly, dad.

David Guerra   
Universitat de Lleida, Spain
Blogger

David Guerra is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Computer Science and industrial Engineering Department. He holds a M.Sc. in Software Engineering and a a B.Sc. in Computing from Universitat Rovira i Virgili. He had participated in spanish founding R&D projects. David’s research focuses on mobile HCI but has also worked on mobile solutions for archaeology and archaeological data visualization.

 

Jay Patel  
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Department Editor

Jay Patel is an undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include system security, distributed computing, and crowdsourcing platforms.

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Johanna Schacht   
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Department Editor

Johanna Schacht is currently pursuing her MSc in industrial engineering and management and holds a BSc in computer science and management. Her studies focus on Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery and her current work concentrates on Knowledge Discovery and Artificial Intelligence in medical applications. In her spare time she enjoys drawing, photographing and hiking tours.

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Marinka Zitnik   
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Department Editor

Marinka Zitnik is a Ph.D. student at the University of Ljubljana. She holds a B.Sc. in computer science and mathematics from University of Ljubljana. She also did her research at the University of Toronto, Imperial College London and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Her interests include mathematical modelling, artificial intelligence, machine learning and probabilistic numerics. Problems she investigates are motivated by current research in bioinformatics and systems biology.

Nur Al-Huda Hamdan

Nur Al-Huda Hamdan    
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Department Editor, Blogger

Nur Al-huda Hamdan is a PhD candidate and research assistant at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. Her research focus is on designing and evaluating new interaction techniques for wearables and textile interfaces. She is also doing research on technology that can facilitate the integration of Syrian refugees in Germany.

Tejas Khot

Tejas Khot    
University of Mumbai, India
Department Editor

Tejas Khot is an undergraduate computer engineering student from University of Mumbai. His research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Cognitive Robotics. He wants to study and explore the intersection of several research areas leading to The Singularity from a computing perspective.

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Vero Estrada-Galinanes   
University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
News Editor

Vero Estrada-Galinanes is PhD student in the Complex Systems research group at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland. She also collaborates with the Storage Systems Research Center at University of California Santa Cruz. Her interests are reliability, data entanglement, security and systems architecture among other things. She holds a Master degree in Applied Computer Science from University of Tokyo and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Buenos Aires.

 

Soumya Jindal   
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India
News Editor

Soumya Jindal is currently a junior, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India. A firm believer in the Maker Movement, she carries the vision of a community that is vibrant and collectively uses diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of mankind. Her interests lie in fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Computer Vision for human augmentation.

Pedro Lopes    
Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany
Digital Content Editor

Pedro Lopes is a PhD student in the Human Computer Interaction lab of Prof. Patrick Baudisch at the Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany. Pedro's research focuses on designing, prototyping & understanding mobile immersive interfaces which allow users to experience haptic feedback, such as realistic forces, using a minimal hardware footprint. Pedro sees himself as a computer scientist, artist & t(h)inker.

Abhineet Saxena

Abhineet Saxena    
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India
Web Editor, Blogger

Abhineet Saxena is a Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech.) undergraduate student at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. He's majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. His topics of interest include Machine Learning with special emphasis on Cluster Analysis and Neural Networks. He enjoys programming in Python, blogging and composing poetry in leisure time.

Abdelrahman Hosny

Abdelrahman Hosny     
University of Connecticut, USA
Blogger

Abdelrahman is a Master student in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut - USA. His topic of research interest is 'Science Reproducibility' with special focus on computational science and algorithms. He also works on research projects that engage data analysis, learning algorithms and mobile applications.

Gustavo F. Tondello

Gustavo Fortes Tondello    
University of Waterloo, Canada
Blogger

Gustavo is a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Lennart Nacke and Dr. Daniel Vogel. His main interests include gamification and games for health and learning. His research focuses on the design of gameful applications. He earned his M.Sc. in Computer Science and his B.Sc. in Information Systems from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. His M.Sc. thesis in Software Engineering focused on the semantic specification of Quality of Service for Semantic Web Services. His B.Sc. thesis focused on configuration management of Embedded Operating Systems using Application Oriented System Design. Before coming to Canada, he worked for several years as a Software Engineer in Brazil. Gustavo is also a researcher of the Logosophical Science affiliated to the Logosophical Foundation of Brazil.

Dimitris Mitropoulos

Dimitris Mitropoulos   
Athens University of Economics and Business
Blogger

Dimitris Mitropoulos is a researcher at the Athens University of Economics and Business. During his studies he has worked in the industry as a software engineer and has been involved in several EU funded R&D projects. His research interests include information security, intrusion detection systems, static code analysis and software engineering.

Maria Kechagia

Maria Kechagia    
Athens University of Economics and Business
Blogger

Maria Kechagia is a Ph.D. candidate at Athens University of Economics and Business, in the Department of Management Science and Technology. She holds a B.Sc. in Management Science and Technology and an M.Sc. in Computing (Software Engineering) from Imperial College London. She has participated in EU funded R&D projects. Currently, she is the project manager of the STEREO project. She is an IEEE student and IEEE Women In Engineering (WIE) member, as well as an ACM student and ACM-Women (ACM-W) member. Her research interests include the design and implementation of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and the study of open source software.

Norene Kelly

Norene Kelly    
Iowa State University, USA
Blogger

Norene Kelly is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University with a passion for elevating and advancing the user experience.

Olivia Simpson

Olivia Simpson    
University of California, San Diego
Blogger

Olivia Simpson is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science department at University of California, San Diego. Her research interests are in graph theory and network science—problems such as clustering approximating properties of graphs. She is a contributor for the XRDS blog, writing on results and thoughts in theoretical computer science.

Udayan Umapathi

Udayan Umapathi  Udayan Umapathi  
MIT Media Lab, USA
Blogger

Udayan is an artist, engineer, designer and a HCI researcher. He is currently pursuing his MS/PhD at the MIT Media Lab with Prof.Hiroshi Ishii. His research statement quotes that he wants to invent 'novel mediums for expression and creativity'. His work looked at digital fabrication tools as platform to create these mediums and investigated how to turn these tools themselves into the novel mediums. He has his own digital media company and has also founded a silicon valley company that focuses on making low-tech tools for digital fabrication. If Udayan is not making something at a lab, he is playing with nature, engaging with new people, studying cultural aspects and wondering why people are the way they are.

Vassilios Karakoidas

Vassilios Karakoidas    
Athens University of Economics and Business
Blogger

Vassilios Karakoidas is a Ph.D. candidate at Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Management Science and Technology. He holds a B.Sc. in Informatics (University of Piraeus) and a M.Sc. in Information Systems (Athens of Economics and Business). He is now a member of ISTLab/SENSE and a former member of the Health Informatics Laboratory at University of Piraeus. He has been involved in various research projects. In 2008, he co-founded Wizhut, a software company that was involved with various research and development projects. He was leading the design and the implementation effort of warp.ly marketing platform. He is now working part-time with the Total Eclipse development team and he is the lead software architect at Emaginal AG. He is the author of a number of open-source and public-domain software packages and tools. His research interests include Software Engineering, Programming Languages, Operating Systems and Networking. He has published more than 20 scientific articles in refereed scientific journals and conferences.

Wolfgang Richter

Wolfgang Richter    
Carnegie Mellon University
Blogger

Wolfgang Richter is a 5th-year Ph.D. student in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science. He has won research and teaching awards at both Carnegie Mellon and the University of Virginia where he received his BS in Computer Science with Highest Honors. During his tenure as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon he has been supported by an NSF Fellowship and an IBM Research Fellowship. His research interests lie in distributed systems and cloud computing. He has collaborated predominantly with researchers at Carnegie Mellon, IBM Research, Intel Research, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. His thesis work was proposed in February 2014, and a publication related to this work received the best paper award at IC2E'14. He plans on defending his thesis and graduating in December 2014.

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