CS&E to welcome two CIFellows in January 2022

The Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), with strong support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), recently announced a new Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) cohort for 2021.

This program offers two-year postdoctoral opportunities for recent and soon-to-be Ph.D. computing graduates, and provides career development and support for students whose job search may have been hampered by the continued disruption of COVID-19. The new class is comprised of 69 diverse researchers covering a broad range of areas in computing.

CS&E is proud to welcome two of the new Fellows to the Department of Computer Science & Engineering as postdocs in January 2022.

Mallesham Dasari is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at Stony Brook University. His research interests are in multimedia systems, mobile computing, and wireless networking, with a specific focus on improving the quality of experience of Internet video applications (e.g., 360-degree video, AR/VR). He recently started investigating AI-powered video compression, which he will research further at the University of Minnesota. Under the mentorship of associate professor Feng Qian, Dasari will explore the challenges and opportunities of AI-powered video compression for next generation Internet applications.

Saba Kawas is Ph.D. candidate of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Washington Information School. Her research interests include designing, evaluating, and deploying technical-based solutions that support the autonomy and agency of tweens, young adults and people with disabilities with their technology use. As part of her postdoc work, she will be researching the potential of emotion-sensing technologies in promoting emotional awareness and supporting social-emotional learning skills for neurodiverse teens. She will be working with associate professor Lana Yarosh and GroupLens.

CS&E also congratulates Jerald Thomas, a current Ph.D. candidate in the Illusioneering Lab, for being selected for the CIFellows program. He will be exploring different techniques for facilitating remote brainstorming tasks using augmented reality at Virginia Tech under the guidance of Professor Doug Bowman.