Rising Stars 2020: Committee (2022)

Jeffrey Bokor

EECS Chair and EE Division Chair

Rising Stars 2020: Committee (1)

Prof. Jeff Bokor is the Paul R. Gray Distinguished Professor of Engineering in EECS and has been the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering since 2012. He currently holds a joint appointment with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as Senior Scientist in the Materials Science Division, and formerly held a joint appointment as Deputy Director for Science at the Molecular Foundry, a nanoscale science research center at LBNL. His current research activities include nanomagnetics/spintronics, carbon nanotube and graphene electronics, nanophotonics, and nano-electromechanical systems.

John Canny

EECS Associate Chair and CS Division Chair

Rising Stars 2020: Committee (2)

Prof. John Canny has made significant contributions to various areas of computer science and mathematics, including artificial intelligence, robotics, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, computer security, computational algebra, and computational geometry. As the author of “A Variational Approach to Edge Detection” and the creator of the widely used Canny edge detector, he was honored for seminal contributions in the areas of robotics and machine perception. He joined the EECS department in 1987 and currently works on several applications of data mining for human learning (MOOCs and early language learning), health and well-being, and applications in the sciences.

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Anca Dragan

Rising Stars 2020: Committee (3)

Assistant Prof. Anca Dragan's goal is to enable robots to work with, around, and in support of people. She runs the InterACT Lab, where she focuses on algorithms for human-robot interaction -- algorithms that move beyond the robot's function in isolation, and generate robot behavior that coordinates well with people, and is aligned with what we actually want the robot to do. She works across different applications, from assistive arms, to quadrotors, to autonomous cars, and draws from optimal control, game theory, reinforcement learning, Bayesian inference, and cognitive science. Anca earned her B.S. from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, and her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon.

Angjoo Kanazawa

Rising Stars 2020: Committee (4)

Assistant Prof. Angjoo Kanazawa's research lies at the intersection of computer vision, computer graphics, and machine learning. She is focused on figuring out how to build a system that can perceive and understand the dynamic, complex, interactive, 3D world in which we live, from everyday photographs and videos. Angjoo has a B.A. in Mathematics from NYU and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and worked as a Postdoc in the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab.

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Chunlei Liu

Rising Stars 2020: Committee (5)

Associate Prof. Chunlei Liu'smain research interest is developing engineering approaches to study the brain. His current work focuses on developing non-invasive MRI techniques for visualizing human brain structure and function, and developing non-invasive remote cell modulation techniques to modulate neuronal activity. He is affiliated with the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute (HWNI). Chunlei earned his B.S. in Physics from Peking University, an M.S. in Physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.

Raluca Ada Popa

Rising Stars 2020: Committee (6)

Assistant Prof. Raluca Popa finds cybersecurity a uniquely beautiful and rewarding discipline. She enjoys playing with powerful theoretical tools to build systems that address real world problems. Her current research focuses on creating systems that can compute on data without actually seeing it: if a hacker breaks in, they have no way to decipher the data. She co-founded and co-directs the RISELab, a group focused on building systems that are secure and intelligent. She is also the co-founder and CTO of security startup PreVeil. Raluca attended MIT where she earned two Bachelor's, one in Computer Science and one in Mathematics, a Masters of Engineering, and a Doctorate in Computer Science. She was a postdoc in the System Security group at ETH Zürich.

Benjamin Recht

Rising Stars 2020: Committee (7)

Associate Prof. Ben Recht studies how to make machine learning systems more robust to interactions with a dynamic and uncertain world. His is particularly interested in busting machine learning myths and establishing baselines for data analysis. He actively collaborates with researchers from applied fields including computational imaging and robotics. Ben received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory. After completing his doctoral work, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Mathematics of Information at Caltech and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Yakun Sophia Shao

Rising Stars 2020: Committee (8)

Assistant Prof. Sophia Shao's research interests are in the area of computer architecture, with a special focus on specialized accelerator, heterogeneous architecture, and agile VLSI design methodology.She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China, and her S.M. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Architecture, Circuits, and Compilers Group at Harvard. Before coming to Berkeley, she worked as a Senior Research Scientist at NVIDIA Research.

EECS Staff

Audrey Sillers

Audrey is the staff lead for Rising Stars 2020 and is excited to welcome 152 participants and 87 mentors to what will surely be an exciting workshop. After volunteering at Rising Stars 2019 at UIUC, Audrey is lending her knowledge of the event to oversee the 2020 workshop components, participant selection, and faculty and staff committee work. She is the Director of Student Diversity for the EECS Department and her work is focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion for undergraduate and graduate students.

Bennett Agnew

Bennett has lent general advice and technical assistance to the committee's efforts, having spent most of his time helping to guide initial outreach andapplicationprocesses.As Director of External Relations for EECS,Bennett manages corporate and alumni relations for the department. He feels honored to play a small part in the growing prestige of this multi-university workshop.

Jenny Jones

Jenny is the External Relations Coordinator for the EECS Department External Relations Group (XRG). She is providing support to the Rising Stars committee, as needed, and is excitedto be part of the EECS RS conference team. Jenny is looking forward to hearing and virtually meeting all of our Rising Stars! #RisingStars2020

Maggie Crowley

Maggie provides web and front-end tech support for Rising Stars 2020. She is the Communications Coordinator for EECS, and this is her first experience with Rising Stars, and her first virtual conference. She has truly enjoyed working with such an amazing group of women who are exploring so many fascinating aspects of EECS!

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Administrative Support Crew

We'd like to thank the Chairs' assistants, Magali Lermigeaux and Thomas Silva, for providing administrative coordination and support; Boban Zarkovich of the RISE Lab for website support; and EECS Center for Student Affairs officers Lydia Raya, Heather Levien, Andrea Mejia Valencia, Leslie Mach, Carol Marshall, Jean Nguyen, and Shirley Salanio, for their assistance with administrivia and faculty coordination.

Virtual Event Services

Gabriella McGrath O’Halloran

Gabby (She Series), the Senior Event Coordinator at Virtual Event Services, hasbeen on the team for 10 years now. She became interested in event planning back in middle school, with class rallies and spirit weeks, and took those interests all the way to college where she learned she could get a degree out of it! (Go Hornets) Some fun places she has worked besides Cal include Chuck E. Cheese’s, Walt Disney World and some local wineries.

Peter Golpeo

Peter (he, him, his) is an Event Specialist with the team. He started working at UC Berkeley in January 2016 and is looking forward to celebrating five years this winter. Whether working as a retail manager, barista, or social worker, he was always “voluntold” to plan any social event. When he needed a career change 14 years ago, a job at a hotel fell into his lap and he made his official start in the hospitality/food industry.He has enjoyed every single minute.

Tiffany Perales

As a proud Cal Alum, Tiffany graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and began working on campus in 2013. Her passion for events started very young and in her 12 years in the industry, she has planned a wide range of events from Virtual Event's very first Golden Bear Orientation to weddings that range from private elopements to multi-day, 500-person, multicultural celebrations and everything in between! As the Director of Events at Virtual Event Services here at Cal, she loves working for her alma mater and takes pride in providing memorable experiences for the students, staff and faculty. She truly feels honored to be joining the Student Union Events Team on this project and look forward to meeting and connecting with everyone!

Marissa Berwick

Marissa, the Events and Travel Administrative Assistant at Virtual Event Services, began working at UC Berkeley 3 years ago. Her journey to event planning started when she took an event planner course at SF State as part of her Recreation, Parks and Tourism major. After graduation, she worked in hotels doing reservations, front desk and eventually Sales and Catering, which led her to UC Berkeley.

Accessibility Support


Derek is the Manager of Disability Program Access in the Office of Disability Access and Compliance (DAC) at Berkeley. He holds Master’s Degrees in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Cal State Fullerton, and a Ph. D in Sociology from Wayne State University. He was hired as an Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellow in Disability Studies at UC Berkeley as part of a National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research grant. Derek began his career at UC Berkeley in 2004 when he was hired as the campus Disability Resolution Officer, resolving and investigating allegations of discrimination on the basis of disability filed by students and serving as the campuswide primary point of contact for disability-related program and physical access issues.

Matthew Day

Matthew is the Caption Coordinator for the conference this year. He is a Live Captioning Assistant with Aberdeen Broadcast Services.

Special Thanks

We would particularly like to thank Nancy Amato, Professor and Head of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and Jancie Harris, Broadening Participation in Computing Program Coordinator in CS at UIUC, for their time and support.

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The MLA Rising Star program gives members the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics needed to become a leader in MLA. The yearly leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:

The yearly leadership development program matches each Rising Star with a mentor in a curriculum that includes:. The applicant must be an MLA member throughout the duration of the program.. The applicant is considered ineligible if they have held a national level MLA position as chair of a committee or task force; elected officer of a caucus; or have served on the MLA Board of Directors.. The applicant must have attended at least one national MLA annual conference.. Attendance at MLA '22 to meet program members and fellow Rising Stars is encouraged, but optional.. A brief (one page) personal statement describing the applicant’s background, previous professional service, goals for MLA involvement, how the applicant would benefit from the program, and potentially contribute to the group’s learning; A current curriculum vitae or resume; A letter of support from the applicant’s library director indicating support for time to participate in all aspects of the program and attendance at the annual conferences.. Rising Star: Roy Eugene Brown, AHIP Mentor: Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP and the Hospital Libraries Section leadership team Project: Hospital Libraries Section VALUES@ Initiative Rising Star: Lisa Huang Mentor: Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, FMLA Project: MLANews Feasibility Study Rising Star: April Joy Schweikhard Mentor: Angela Dixon, AHIP Project: Chapter Council Roundtables Rising Star: Debra Werner Mentor: Linné Girouard and Linda Hasman Project: Public Policy Toolkit for Members, Sections, and Chapters

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She received her B.S.. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bilkent University, and her Ph.D. degree from Princeton University.. degree in Electronics Engineering at the same university.. Deeksha Lal received her Bachelors in Engineering degree (First Class with Distinction) in Electrical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, Delhi, India in 2013.. Ms. Sadagopan was a recipient of the Indian Science Academies' Summer Research Fellowship in 2012, the Analog Devices Outstanding Student Designer Award in 2018 and the IEEE SSCS Predoctoral Achievement Award in 2019.. She is now pursuing Ph.D degree in department of electrical engineering at University of Southern California.

Spring 2020 Workshop Recap

Out of over 170 applications, 60 of the brightest rising stars in AI for Social Impact (AISI) were selected to attend the workshop, present their research, network, and be mentored by senior AISI faculty and researchers.. All talks were complemented with a poster session on each day, where attendees networked with the presenters and learned more about their work.. Neil Gaikwad, MIT (left), moderated a panel on the theme of Creating social impact with interdisciplinary AI research, seated by Harvard’s own Milind Tambe, Cynthia Dwork, and Jonathan Zittrain (left to right).. Patrick Fowler, Associate Professor in the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, gave the second keynote address of the workshop, detailing his work using AI to design interventions to reduce homelessness.. The rising stars shared and received feedback on their work during a poster session attended by the workshop keynote speakers, Harvard faculty and students.. Experts shared their diverse viewpoints as: a social work researcher who brings AI tools to identify and help troubled youth online, an AI researcher who likes to prove regret bounds but also embed themself with the struggling patients they try to support, and a behavioral scientist who likes to design systems with an actual incentive for people to generate the data that AI needs to work!. Harvard, MIT, and USC organizers addressed the workshop at its close, sealing the inaugural Harvard CRCS Workshop for Rising Stars in AI for Social Impact.. The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) Workshop on AI for Social Impact is a two-day event for junior researchers featuring talks and panel discussions from leaders in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Public Health, and Conservation who are actively engaged in deployed interdisciplinary AI research across the globe.. PhD students and Postdoctoral scholars whose research is related to emerging or deployed applications of AI for Social Impact are invited to submit applications to present their work.. Matthew Ferrari , Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State University Patrick Fowler , Associate Professor of Social Work at the Brown School of Washington University Indrani Medhi Thies , Senior Researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group of Microsoft Research. Susan Murphy , Professor of Statistics at Harvard University Desmond Patton , Associate Professor of Social Work at Columbia University, Cynthia Dwork , Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University Milind Tambe , Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University Erez Yoeli , Research Associate at MIT Sloan School of Management Jonathan Zittrain , George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School. In your talk, we encourage you to emphasize the social impact (either deployed or potential) of your work and discuss any particular challenges you've experienced when working closely with the domain.. Lightning Talk + Poster: The lightning talk will serve as a quick intro to your work to market yourself and encourage people to learn more at your poster later.. 2020 Registration deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020 Deadline to Submit Lightning Talk Slides: Wednesday March 4, 2020 CRCS Workshop on AI for Social Impact: Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 2020. Gather experts from Public Health, Conservation and Computer Science to share their impactful work and engage in a dialogue about what it means to make social impact with research.

The next generation of rising stars in city politics.

The candidate for the New York City Council’s 42nd District has had many roles in government and advocacy, including having served on the Brooklyn Community Board 5 Transportation Committee since 2014.. “People just don’t realize its impact on their lives.”. New York City Director of Government Relations, American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. In September of 2019, Orama joined Columbia University as its assistant director of government affairs, managing the university’s relationships with city and state officials.. She moved back to the city and took a job at the Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget.. “What I love about my job now, too, is that we’re telling people’s stories in order to change the world – or change New York,” Stern says.. He completed his degree in May and just started night school again, this time in pursuit of a law degree at New York Law School.. Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Real Estate Board of New York. “Seeing how people are making things work in the best way possible, it’s something that you love about New York City,” he says.. He has already served as chief of staff to Assembly Member David Weprin and continues to serve as chief of staff in Torres’ City Council office.. “I’m really interested to think about how we as city planners can better engage the young people in our cities; there’s so much energy and passion in working with young people,” she says.


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