HCDE researchers named Computing Innovation Fellows

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

HCDE PhD candidate Rafal Kocielnik and incoming postdoctoral researcher Abigale Stangl have received Computing Innovation Fellowships from the Computing Research Association and its Computing Community Consortium.

As a result of disruption to PhD hiring cycle during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Computing Research Association and its Computing Community Consortium, with support from the National Science Foundation, launched the CIFellows 2020 program to connect recent (or soon-to-be) PhD graduates in computing disciplines with postdoctoral research positions at other academic institutions.

Rafal Kocielnik, a PhD candidate in HCDE, will be completing his fellowship at the California Institute of Technology with mentor Anima Anandkumar, Professor of Computing + Mathematical Sciences and a director of machine learning research at NVIDIA.

Abigale Stangl is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, and will be joining HCDE as a postdoctoral researcher in January 2021. Her mentor in HCDE will be Associate Professor Leah Findlater, director of the Inclusive Design Lab.

Rafal

Rafal Kocielnik

Ph.D. Institution

University of Washington

Research Title

Informing Human-AI Interaction with User-Centered Metrics

Research Description

Proposed research aims to develop user-centered approaches for better communicating AI capabilities and limitations by use of informative examples.

Mentor

Anima Anandkumar

Host Institution

California Institute of Technology

Abigale

Abigale Stangl

Ph.D. Institution

University of Texas at Austin

Research Title

Safeguarding Private Visual Information

Research Description

My research centers on the development of automated visual description and interpretation services to safeguards against disclosure of private visual information, and empower people who are blind to safely and independently learn about their surroundings.

Mentor

Leah Findlater

Host Institution

University of Washington

Marshall Ball will also be coming to the University of Washington as a CIFellow, mentored by Associate Professor Huija Lin in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. See a full list of the 2020 Computing Innovation Fellows, here.