Keynote: What are you proud of?
Sadia Afroz (International Computer Science Institute)
Abstract: Once as a grad student, I was applying for a scholarship and one of the questions was “What have you done that you are proud of?” It was in the 1st year of my graduate school and I felt so terrible that I couldn't sleep for days because I couldn't think of anything that I was proud of. This talk is my journey of desperately trying to find something to be proud of.
Biography: Dr. Sadia Afroz is a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and Avast Software. Her work focuses on anti-censorship, anonymity, and adversarial learning. Her work on adversarial authorship attribution received the 2013 Privacy Enhancing Technology (PET) award and the 2014 ACM SIGSAC dissertation award (runner-up). More about her research can be found: http://www1.icsi.berkeley.edu/~sadia/
OurCS Panel: "The Graduate School Experience"
Moderator: Shirin Nilizadeh (UTA)
Panelists: Sanjukta Bhowmick (UNT), Mohammad Islam (UTA), Hilaire Kadjo (Lockheed Martin), Maria Kyrarini (UTA), Erika Leal (UTA)
Dr. Sanjukta Bhowmick is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of North Texas. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. She had a joint postdoc at Columbia University and Argonne National Lab. Her current research is on understanding change in complex network analysis, with a focus on developing scalable algorithms for large dynamic networks and developing uncertainty quantification metrics for network analysis.
Dr. Mohammad Atiqul Islam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of California, Riverside in 2018. His research interests are in the areas of cyber-physical systems, computer architecture, and security. He is mainly focusing on the secure and efficient operation of multi-tenant data centers. His works have been recognized with publications in reputed peer-reviewed computer science conferences and journals, including IEEE Intl. Symp. on High Performance Computer Architecture (HPCA), ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), ACM International Conference on Measurement and Modeling of Computer Systems (SIGMETRICS), IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing (TCC), and IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC).
Dr. Hilaire Kadjo has more than 16 years of engineering and technical experience in the DoD industry. Since joining Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Grand Prairie Texas on April 2019, Hilaire has served as Systems Engineering Lead on the PAC-3 program and LTIAMD Model Base Systems Engineering (MBSE) Lead. Prior to joining LM MFC, Hilaire worked at Raytheon serving as Lead Systems Engineer, Algorithm/Model developer and Requirements Manager. Hilaire is an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) and MFC Qualified Systems Architect. Hilaire held a position as a University Instructor with over six years of experience teaching Mathematics. Hilaire holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Master of Systems Engineering from Texas Tech University, a Master and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dr. Maria Kyrarini is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Arlington under the advisement of Professor Dr. Fillia Makedon. She is also the assistant director of the Heracleia Human-Centered Computing Lab. In 2019, Maria received her Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Bremen under the supervision of Professor Dr.-Eng. Axel Gräser. The title of her Ph.D. thesis is: "Robot learning from human demonstrations for human-robot synergy". Before that, she received her M.Eng. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and her M.Sc. degree in Automation Systems both from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Her primary research interests are in the fields of Robot Learning from Human Demonstrations, Human-Robot Interaction, and Assistive Robotics with a special focus on Enhancing Human Performance.
Erika Alexandra Leal graduated from Haltom High School and is a native Texan, Howdy! Her close friends and loved ones call her Alexa. She received her bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration from Texas Wesleyan University. From her past internships, she had experience in software development and during her junior year thru graduation, she assisted in the development of the new college website. After college she spent the summer teaching children how to code as well as basics of the Linux OS and Raspberry Pi hardware. She then began attending The University of Texas at Arlington in the bachelor's to Ph.D. program for Computer Science and is a GAAN fellow. While here, she's had the opportunity to connect with a national lab and interned as well as collaborated with them for two years. She also works closely with her advisor and mentor Dr. Jiang Ming as her research area lies in Cybersecurity.