Computer Science Grad Students Showcase Research

Graduate students in the Department of Computer Science presented original ideas and research at the annual Graduate Research Day (GRD), held March 29 in the New Computer Science building.

More than 30 students presented their research at the event, mostly doctoral students who were pleased with the chance to present their research before submitting to a conference or publication. More than 100 faculty, alumni and students attended and voted on the best presentations and posters.

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PhD candidate Hanke Kimm showcased his research on what data interests hackers the most.

Srikar Yellapragada, a second-year PhD student, helped coordinate the event as part of the Computer Science Graduate Student Organization, and was awarded “Best Presentation Runner Up Award.”

“The Research Day was very helpful in presenting a work in progress, to get feedback on what we are currently working on, and to find ways to prepare for acceptance to a conference,” he said.

PhD candidate Hanke Kimm showcased his work during one of the day’s poster sessions. His research focuses on what data interests hackers the most and offers a probabilistic analysis to effectively identify hacker behavior. “The Research Day is a great opportunity to present work for feedback prior to publishing,” said Kimm. “It’s really interesting to see what others are working on.”

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Keynote speaker Brian Kondracki.

Brian Kondracki ’23 PhD, was keynote speaker for the event and discussed his own experiences transitioning from graduate school to an industry position, serving as cybersecurity analyst at Jane Street Capital, as well as the challenges and trends in the cybersecurity field.

Amir Rahmati, assistant professor and event organizer, was impressed with the quality of the presentations. 

“It has been a great pleasure to organize these events since 2019,” said Rahmati. “Graduate Research Day has been an excellent opportunity for students to share their research and build collaborations across the department. The quality of the work we have been seeing is improving year by year, which is a testament to the CS department’s upward trajectory.” 

GRD was held in conjunction with the department’s PhD Open House, where they welcomed their latest group of admitted doctoral candidates. 

2024 Graduate Research Day Award Winners

Best Poster Award
Soundarya Venkatesh
eReduce: Inline audit data reduction

Best Poster Award Runners-Up
Veena Krish
BioForge: Attacking Biosignal Authentication

Tanmay Srivastava
Jawthenticate: Microphone-free Speech-based Authentication using Jaw Motion and Facial Vibrations

Johnny So
The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Integrity of Modern JavaScript

Participant’s Choice Award
Christopher Smith
Plugging the Leaks in Secure Archival Systems

Best Presentation Award
Matthew Castellana
VoxAR – Adaptive Volume Visualizations for AR

Best Presentation Runners-Up
Srikar Yellapragada
Learned representation-guided diffusion models for large-image generation

Prerna Khanna
Hand Gesture Recognition for Blind Users by Tracking 3D Gesture Trajectory

Reilly Browne
Constant-Factor Approximation Algorithms for Convex Cover and Hidden Set in a Simple Polygon

Participant’s Choice Award
Chris Tsoukaladelis
The Times They Are A-Changin’

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