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
Peter F. Klemperer is interested in all aspects of computer security, with an emphasis on virtualized systems and usability. He studies how virtualization can provide an isolated high ground position for malware detection in operating systems and processes. Klemperer’s research relates his experiences in high-performance computing and hardware-co-computation to the field of Robotics.
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.
Eitan Mendelowitz’s work is situated at the intersection of computer science and the arts. His research focus is on authoring systems for physically interactive media environments. Mendelowitz creates data-driven interactive media art, realtime-media for performance, and public art installations. His transdisciplinary practice blends performance, installation, and generative literature, with embodied interaction, physical interfaces, sensing, data science, and artificial intelligence. Mendelowitz has contributed to permanent architectural-scale public artworks and is currently working on the Global Proverbs Project, an aesthetically motivated digital humanities research initiative.
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.
Yuvraj Singla's experiences have spanned a variety of large-scale systems and machine learning domains, including information retrieval and natural language processing. Of these, he notably worked on detecting actionable user-intents from search queries, and on the task of Named Entity Recognition in biomedical journals. Driven by interest in making large-scale distributed systems more robust, he is currently working on using machine learning techniques to study the pain points of automatic deployment. Singla also serves as a career developer at CICS, University of Massachusetts Amherst where he focuses on building a stronger CS community by encouraging and enriching the CICS network.
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).
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.