Friday, February 23, 2024
Bao, Hossain, Khalid, Marmaduke, and Shrestha portraits with Grad College award names

Research being done by PhD students in CS has the potential to change the world, as evidenced by the outstanding work of these awardees. Hussam studies how social media platform algorithms and governance structures result in mass manipulation. Andrew develops mathematical theories that enable one to prove properties about computer programs, and authors software tools that implement these theories. Kowsar is building communication protocols that guarantee performance in real-time wireless sensor networks for cyber-physical applications such as wireless clinical monitoring or precision agriculture. Osama is investigating how to extract and study patterns in sensorial language and then to predict such phrases within specific contexts.” 

- Prof. Steve Goddard
Director of Graduate Studies — CS

We are delighted with Han Bao obtaining a Ballard & Seashore Fellowship. Han’s research on harnessing the capabilities of spatio-temporal deep learning methods to learn human mobility patterns has the potential to positively impact urban transportation management..

- Prof. Juan Pablo Hourcade
Director of Graduate Studies — IGPI

About the Spring 2024 Graduate College Fellows

PhD candidates Andrew Marmaduke (Computer Science - 6th year) and Han Bao (IGPI | Geoinformatics - 5th year) were awarded a Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship.

Fellow doctorate students Kowsar Hossain (CS - 6th year) and Osama Khalid (CS - 5th year), and Ingroj Shrestha (CS - 6th year) have received Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowships for Spring 2024.

“This award will greatly support my dissertation work, which focuses on integrating foundation models to facilitate human mobility generation using spatio-temporal data. With this award, I will be able to concentrate more effectively on advancing my research in this area.” 

- Han Bao
Advisor: Juan Pablo Hourcade

"The Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship will allow me to dedicate my time exclusively to researching and developing scheduling approaches to ensure reliable and efficient data delivery for real-time wireless networks."

- Kowsar Hossain
Advisors: Octav Chipara

"I am extremely grateful for the award. It will allow me to focus on research understanding how our sensorial perceptions are encoded in language. I am excited to accept this fellowship and finish my ongoing research and dissertation."

- Osama Khalid
Advisor: Padmini Srinivasan

“Thank you to the department of computer science and my advisor for their support. The Ballard & Seashore Dissertation Fellowship will enable me to finish my dissertation on a new type system for formalized proofs.”

Andrew Marmaduke
Advisor: Aaron Stump "Andrew is devising a powerful new computer theorem-proving language for reasoning about program behavior.”

"I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award, which enables me to focus entirely on my research into understanding and mitigation of bias, without TA responsibilities. I extend my sincere appreciation to our department and my advisor for their support." 

- Ingroj Shrestha
Advisors: Padmini Srinivasan

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About the Fellowships

Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Fellowship
This fellowship program provides an opportunity for Ph.D. students to benefit from a final semester of protected and supported time to focus on completing their scholarly research activities and the writing of their dissertations. 

Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship
This fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students to benefit from protected and supported time to pursue their scholarly research activities. The fellowship is intended to recognize students with distinguished academic achievement during their early graduate training. These achievements should be evident from a combination of outstanding academic performance in coursework, as well as early scholarly research activities. Students who have held teaching assistantships in the previous two semesters will have priority.