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Dr. Anirban Basu   
Tokai University, Japan
Former Department Editor

Anirban is a Post-doctoral Researcher at Kikuchi lab at Tokai University working on a Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications funded project in collaboration with Waseda University, Hitachi, NEC and KDDI. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Sussex working with the Foundations of Software Systems group. 
Anirvana Mishra

Anirvana Mishra   
Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India
Former Department Editor

Anirvana Mishra is a third-year Bachelor of Engineering student in computer engineering at Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India. His research interests include semantic web and natural language processing. He is a young developer at the Mozilla Foundation. He is a Google Summer of Code 2010 student at Mozilla.

Apoorvaa Singh   
Inderprastha Engineering College, India
Former Department Editor

Apoorvaa is an undergraduate student of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, at Inderprastha Engineering College, India. Her interests include networks and security, programming languages, algorithms, game design, use of ICT for education, neural networks in weather forecasting.

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Arka Bhattacharya   
Columbia University, New York, USA
Former Department Editor

Arka Bhattacharya is a first year graduate student at the Columbia University in New York, studying mathematics, theoretical computer science and physics. His research interests include algorithms, complexity theory, quantum computation and number theory. Know about his research.

Asmaa Rabie

Asmaa Rabie   
Cairo University, Egypt
Department Editor

Asmaa Rabie was 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.

Ben Deverett

Ben Deverett   
McGill University, Canada
Former Department Editor

Ben Deverett is a third year undergraduate student at McGill University studying neuroscience and computer science. He has an interest in neural computation. He enjoys playing music, acting, snowboarding, and the outdoors.

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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.

Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison   
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Former Editor-in-Chief

Chris Harrison is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on novel interaction techniques and input technologies - especially those that enable (small) mobile devices to appropriate (large) everyday surfaces for interaction. Chris Joined XRDS in the Summer of 2009 as Editor-in-Chief. Chris left XRDS to focus on writing his dissertation.

Claudia Schulz

Claudia Schulz  
Imperial College London,UK
Former Department Editor

Claudia Schulz studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrueck (Germany) and Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London (UK). She is now a PhD student at Imperial College working on logic-based methods in Artificial Intelligence. Besides her PhD she is an active member and the current chair of the Imperial College ACM Student Chapter.

Daniel Gooch

Daniel Gooch   
University of Bath, UK
Former Department Editor

Daniel is a Ph.D. student at the University of Bath where he also completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. His interests lie within the HCI field, most specifically in Tangible Interaction and Social Presence although anything else which is interesting may gather some attention... Outside university, his interests include karate, scouting and most outdoor activities. When not studying he can be found at people.bath.ac.uk/~dg216 or in the dojo.

Debarka Sengupta   
Indian Statistical Institute, India
Former Department Editor


Debarka Sengupta is currently a research fellow in the Machine Intelligence Unit of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. He is an early third year PhD candidate with interest in computational biology. His current research focuses on modeling of the miRNA mediated regulations in human. His research interest also covers some specific domains of the classical electoral theories of Economics. This software engineer turned researcher likes to sing when he is not in front of a computer. He is a gold medalist in North Indian classical music.

Derek Bronish

Derek Bronish   
Ohio State University, USA
Former Department Editor

Derek Bronish is a Ph.D. student at the Ohio State University. Derek received his undergraduate and Master's degrees at Ohio State, majoring in Computer Science & Engineering and minoring in Philosophy and Linguistics. His research concerns automated verification of functional programming languages. He enjoys teaching, playing guitar, and collecting fountain pens.

Dmitry Batenkov

Dmitry Batenkov   
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Former Department Editor

After completing his B.A. in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel, Dmitry Batenkov decided to make a course correction. Now he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics, trying to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Doris Lee

Doris Lee  
University of California, Berkeley, USA
Former News Editor

Doris Lee is a sophomore undergraduate student at University of California, Berkeley studying physics and astronomy. She is interested in applying methods in computer science, such as parallel computing and statistical machine learning, to data from imaging sky surveys or astrophysical simulations. She is also a student at Berkeley's Human Computer Interaction Group, focussing on developing prototyping materials accessible for makers and designer, and technology used for STEM education.

Erin Carson Erin Carson   

University of California - Berkeley, USA
Former Feature Editor

Erin Carson is a Ph.D. student in the EECS Department at University of California- Berkeley. Her interests include parallel, scientific, and high performance computing. Erin joined the Crossroads team in Fall 2009 as Chief Copy Editor, and is currently working as a Features Editor.

Fahad Khalid

Fahad Khalid 
Hasso Plattner Institut
Former Blogger

Fahad Khalid is a Ph.D. student with the HPI Research School on Service Oriented Systems Engineering, and member of the Operating Systems and Middleware Group. His research is in the area of programming models for Hybrid Parallel Computing. He focuses on devising strategies and developing frameworks that make it possible to balance the productivity vs. performance tradeoff inherent in programming massively parallel accelerator architectures. In addition to his core research, Fahad is involved in interdisciplinary collaborative projects focusing on parallel simulations for Computational Biology and Geophysics. The collaboration partners for these projects are Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences. Prior to joining the HPI, Fahad has worked as software developer for large-scale telecommunications software systems such as the Ericsson Real-time Charging system. He has also worked as system architect for a Provisioning & Service Activation product. He has over five years of professional experience in software design, development, as well as automated testing. Fahad studied Computer Science in Pakistan, and Artificial Intelligence in Sweden.

 Finn Kuusisto

Finn Kuusisto   
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Former Department Editor

Finn completed his PhD in the Computer Sciences department at UW-Madison in 2015, doing research in machine learning with Drs. Jude Shavlik and David Page. His work focused primarily on breast cancer prediction applications related to over-diagnosis, estimation of individualized treatment effects, and precision medicine in general.

Gideon Juve

Gideon Juve   
University of Southern California
Former Department Editor

Gideon Juve is a Ph.D. student in computer science at the University of Southern California. His research interests include distributed and high-performance computing, scientific workflows, and computational science.

Hanieh Moshki   
HEC Montreal, Canada
Former Feature Editor

Hanieh Moshki is a Ph.D. student in the Information Technology Department at HEC Montreal. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering and Computer Science from Vienna University of Technology. Her interests include technology-enabled multi-tasking, designing and evaluating interruptions and notifications in collaborative groupware, and design that increases privacy and legal awareness of individual users.

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Hannah Pileggi   
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Former Feature Editor

Hannah Pileggi is a second-year Ph.D. student working jointly in the Information Interfaces (ii) Lab and Electronic Learning Communities (ELC) Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research is in designing, implementing, and evaluating interactive visualization systems that aid in insight-gathering for collaborative groups of people, most recently in working to motivate the bystanders of cyberbullying. She earned her B.Sc. from Carnegie Mellon in statistics.

Inbal Talgam-Cohen

Inbal Talgam-Cohen   
Stanford University, USA
Former co - Editor in Chief

Inbal Talgam-Cohen is a PhD student at Stanford's theory group. She holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Law from Tel-Aviv University. Her research focuses on algorithmic game theory.

James Stanier

James Stanier   
University of Sussex, UK
Departments Chief 2009-2011

James served as Departments Chief of XRDS from 2009 to 2011. During this time he was completing his doctorate at the University of Sussex, where he was exploring ways to compile programs using data flow information to make them smaller and faster. Now, James currently works at Brandwatch as a researcher and developer. Some of the projects that he has worked on recently include influence metrics for web pages, discovering Twitter trends automatically, and prototyping quick ways of finding similar web pages.

Jason Thibodeau

Jason Thibodeau   
University of Connecticut
Former Department Editor

Jason Thibodeau is an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student and a GAANN fellow at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on Hardware Security and Trust, with concentration on FPGAs. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Computer Engineering from UConn. He worked as an embedded software engineer before returning to his alma mater for graduate work.

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Jed Brubaker  
UC Irvine, USA
Former Feature Editor

Jed Brubaker is a PhD candidate in Informatics at the School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine. His research focuses on digital identity, social computing, social media. He previously earned his M.A. at Georgetown University in Communication, Culture and Technology, and his B.S. at the University of Utah in Psychology.

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Jeffrey Tzu Kwan Valino Koh   
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Former Department Editor

Jef is a PhD Candidate at the National University of Singapore, where his research interests focus on various topics regarding interactivity and experiential design. Before pursuing his PhD he worked as a catwalk designer for PRADA as well as an exhibition designer for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. He has also exhibited as an artist at venues such as the Barbican and Southbank Centre in London, UK and for festivals such as the Singapore Design Festival in 2009.

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John Kloosterman   
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
Former Department Editor

John Kloosterman is a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, United States. His interests include programming languages and compilers, computing and society, and the application of computing to the humanities.

   Luigi De Russis   
Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Former Department Editor


Luigi De Russis is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Computer Science and Automation of Politecnico di Torino. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in 2010. His current research focuses on Human-Computer Interaction, with a particular interest on distributed user interfaces and interaction techniques applied to smart environments and intelligent domotic systems.

Malay Bhattacharyya

Malay Bhattacharyya 
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India
Former Feature Editor

Malay Bhattacharyya is a Ph.D. student at the Machine Intelligence Unit of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India since 2007. He encompasses the broad domains of graph theory, soft computing, computational biology, and bioinformatics in his research. He also enjoys sketching and writing songs. He has about thirty research publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and proceedings of international conferences. Malay is with XRDS since the beginning of 2009.

 Marina Zitnik

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.

Marius-Tudor Benea

Marius-Tudor Benea    
UPMC, France & UPB, Romania
Former Department Editor, Former News Editor

Marius-Tudor Benea is enrolled in a jointly-supervised Ph.D. at University Politehnica of Bucharest (Romania) and University Pierre and Marie Curie (France) and he has a background in computer science and artificial intelligence. Among his interests we count multi-agent systems, ambient intelligence and brain-inspired computing. His current research is focused on agent-oriented approaches to ambient intelligence.

Michael Bernstein

Michael Bernstein   
MIT, USA
Former Feature Editor

Michael Bernstein is a Ph.D. student in computer science at MIT. His research focuses on human-computer interaction and social computing. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, TechCrunch and Lifehacker, and his tools are used by thousands on the web. He is the recipient of graduate research fellowships from NSF and Xerox. He earned M.Sc. in Computer Science from MIT in 2008 and a B.S. in Symbolic Systems with honors and distinction from Stanford University in 2006.

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Michael Zuba   
University of Connecticut, USA
Former Feature Editor

Michael Zuba is a Ph.D. candidate in the Underwater Sensor Networks (UWSN) Lab at the University of Connecticut (UConn). His research is in underwater acoustic communication and networking,  autonomous vehicle networks,  computer security and biomedical informatics. He earned his B.S. and M.S. from UConn.

 Peter Kinnaird  

Peter Kinnaird   
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Former co-Editor in Chief

Peter Kinnaird is a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute. He holds a Masters in HCI and a BS in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. His research focuses on social computing, crowdsourcing, and civic participation.

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Poornima Kalyan Sundaram 
University of Southern California, CA, USA
Former Web Editor

Poornima is a Masters student at the Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California. She is an active sport programmer. Her interests include Computer Networks and Systems.

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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.

  Rob Simmons

Rob Simmons   
Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Former Department Editor

Rob Simmons is a fifth-year graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department. He research is aimed at using computers to prove that concurrent programs and distributed systems work the way their designers intended.

Roger Finnegan

Roger Finnegan   
Capella University, USA
Former Department Editor

Roger Finnegan is a Ph.D. candidate in information technology at Capella University. His interests include information ecosystems and particularly information food webs. His experiences include teaching information technology courses at Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN and consulting for Fortune 500 companies.

Rohit Goyal

Rohit Goyal 
West Chester East High School,USA
Former Department Editor

Rohit Goyal is a high school student from Pennsylvania. His main interests include math and computer science, but more specifically, he is interested in data mining and artificial intelligence. Rohit is interested in seeing how computing continues to change society and hopes that more people get involved in computing-related areas.

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Ryan Kelly   
University of Bath, United Kingdom
Former Feature Editor

Ryan Kelly is a PhD student in the HCI group at the University of Bath. He holds a Masters in HCI and a BSc in Applied Psychology & Computing. His current research explores how people divide work and remain aware of joint progress during computer-mediated collaboration.

Ryan K.L.Ko

Ryan K.L.Ko   
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Former Feature Editor

Ryan K L Ko is a Ph.D. researcher at the Nanyang Technological University’s Advanced Design and Modelling Laboratory. His research focuses on the dynamic formulation of cross-enterprise business processes using a combination of techniques from artificial intelligence (AI) planning, Semantic Web, and service-oriented computing. He has a deep interest in the Semantic Web, particularly ontologies, and making computer systems more natural to human users via the augmentation of semantics and pragmatics.

Sean Follmer

Sean Follmer   
Stanford, USA
Former Editor-in-Chief

Sean Follmer is a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab in the Tangible Media Group. He Holds a BS in Engineering from Stanford University. His research in the field of Human Computer Interaction focuses on shape changing user interface technology and interaction patterns.

Sergiy Bogomolov

Sergiy Bogomolov   
Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
Former Feature Editor

Sergiy is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria). He completed his PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His research broadly concerns the development of algorithms for the design and analysis of cyber-physical systems.

 Shawn Freeman

Shawn Freeman   
University of Waterloo, Canada
Former Department Editor

Shawn Freeman is currently a Masters student at University of Waterloo. He is studying Management Science in the Department of Engineering alongside his employment in the Energy industry. Shawn has a passion for travel and has studied in Australia. When he is not traveling the globe you can find him enjoying intense games of squash, relaxing jogs with his dog and adventures in the nearby mountains. His technical interests are data structures, knowledge management and business process management.

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Shelby Solomon Darnell   
Clemson University, SC, USA
Former Web Editor

Shelby S. Darnell is a PhD student in Clemson University's School of Computing. Mr. Darnell's research melds pattern recognition, computational intelligence, and affective computing in order to define and automatically recognize engagement.

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.

Somdip Dey   
The University of Manchester, UK
Former Department Editor

Somdip Dey is currently a M.Sc. student of Advanced Computer Science with a specialization in Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Manchester. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science from St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata, India. His research interests include Applied Cryptography, Information Security, Computer Systems Engineering, Mobile Computing, High Performance Computing, Neurorobotics and e-Learning technologies. When not doing research, Somdip loves to ponder on philosophical problems or go on adventurous trips.

Tom Bartindale

Tom Bartindale   
University of Newcastle
Former Departments Chief

Tom Bartindale is a Ph.D. student in Human Computer Interaction at Newcastle University, UK. He primarily works multi-touch and tangible interaction, which benefits from his past experience in event management and his skills in hardware design and implementation.

Sumit Narayan

Sumit Narayan   
University of Connecticut
Former Feature Editor

Sumit Narayan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 2004 and his B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Madras in 2002. He has worked as Engineer (Storage) for MindTree Consulting, Bangalore, India in 2005 and as Research Officer for Data Storage Institute (A*STAR), Singapore in 2005-2006. His current research interests include file systems, distributed storage and parallel I/O systems.

Suranga Nath Kasthurirathne   
Indiana University- Purdue University, USA
Former Feature Editor

Suranga Nath Kasthurirathne is a second year Ph.D. student in Health Informatics at the Indiana University - Purdue University (IUPUI), Indianapolis. He is a long standing contributor to the OpenMRS and OpenHIE projects. He also serves as co-organization administrator to the OpenMRS Google Summer of Code and Google Code-in programs, both of which are focussed on mentoring computer science students to contribute to Open Source programs.
Suranga is also a fellow of the Regenstrief Global Health Informatics (GHI) group. His research interests include Global Health Informatics, Standards and interoperability.

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Vaggelis Giannikas   
University of Cambridge, UK
Former Departments Chief

Vaggelis Giannikas is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge looking at Intelligent Products and RFID. He holds a BSc in Management Science and Technology from the Athens University of Economics and Business. He has worked as a research associate in Greek research groups and an IT solution provider. His research interests include knowledge-based information systems, supply chain information systems and open source software. Vaggelis also teaches music theory and plays classical guitar.

Vicente García Díaz

Vicente García Díaz   
University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Former Department Editor

Vicente García Díaz is a Computer Engineer, Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oviedo, Asturias (Spain). His research interests include model-driven engineering, domain-specific languages, project risk management, software development processes and practices. He has graduated in Prevention of Occupational Risks and a Certified Associate in Project Management by Project Management Institute.

Virginie Lerays   
Universite Denis Diderot, Paris 7, France
Former Feature Editor

Virginie Lerays is a PhD student at LIAFA's algorithmic and complexity group (Paris 7). She holds her master degree in Mathematics and Logic in Paris 7 and her research focuses on complexity theory and quantum computing.