While actively pursuing the application of software testing to artificial intelligence systems, Valerie Barr promotes the interdisciplinary application of computing through a combination of changes to computer science curricula and courses, as well as research and course collaborations with faculty from the full range of disciplines within the liberal arts. She is very active in the computer science education community and has led significant diversity efforts for the Association for Computing Machinery.
Lisa A. Ballesteros
Barbara Staudt Lerner
Barbara Lerner conducts research in scientific data provenance, in particular recording the history of data and how it is processed from the point of collection to the point of publication. Such detailed provenance increases confidence in the reliability of the data and allows for principled questioning of the data analysis results. This work is done in collaboration with ecologists from Harvard Forest and computer scientists from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
James McCauley primarily researches in the broad areas of computer systems and networks, typically working to make systems and protocols simpler, more reliable, more scalable, or more flexible. This means asking (and answering!) questions like, "How can we continue to accommodate the incredible growth of the Internet while expanding the capabilities it supports?" and "What should an operating system look like if every program takes only milliseconds to complete?" Beyond his direct research areas, he often finds himself involved in projects involving computer imaging or programming languages.
Heather Pon-Barry's research is at the intersection of spoken language processing and human-robot interaction. She directs the Interactive Computing Research Lab where she and students are enabling humanoid and service robots to engage human users in conversational dialogue. She develops algorithms to automatically find patterns in speech data, for example, to recognize affect and emotion and explores how these methods can inform the design of intelligent, adaptive human-robot interactions. Pon-Barry also works on activities to broaden participation in computer science, including the development of MaGE, an inclusive academic peer mentorship program.
Audrey St. John
Motivated by computational challenges arising in robotics, biology and computer aided design, Audrey St. John’s research focuses on building theoretical foundations and developing efficient algorithms for geometric problems. She has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation to support her work on autonomous multi-robot formations. St. John also works on activities to broaden participation in computer science and STEM, including creating low-risk hardware experiences through the makerspace and helping to develop MaGE, an inclusive academic peer mentorship program (funded by Google’s CS Capacity program).
Yun-Hsuan (Melody) Su is highly interested in exploring methods to improve robotic teleoperation experience by integrating computer vision and AI algorithms to provide vision-based haptic feedback. Melody has a background in surgical robotics. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and skin diving. She is passionate about outreach STEM programs and has been closely involved in IEEE TryEngineering, and multiple summer robotics camps. She is always excited to brainstorm and exchange ideas with any interested students or colleagues about robotics and AI.
Wendy D. Queiros
Luke Jaeger is the computer science department systems administrator. He also brings an eclectic studio art background to the MHC makerspace, where he helps students and staff with physical fabrication and 3D printing. On any given day he is equally likely to be operating a computer keyboard, soldering iron, table saw, or laser cutter. Luke's drawings, paintings, and small sculptures have been exhibited in Boston and New York; his animated films have been shown in festivals and theaters worldwide. He also plays in a guitar orchestra and a funk / soul band.
By day, Amy works as a lab instructor for intermediary computer science; by night, she grades homework and rids the city of crime.