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Outgoing Ph.D.s and Postdocs 2021-2022

Outgoing Ph.D. Students

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Advisor(s): Nabil Alshurafa
Research Area(s): Ubiquitous Computing
Thesis Topic: Re-imagining Visual Wearable Systems 
Planned PhD Defense Date: 4/1/22
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research
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Advisor(s): Ken Forbus
Research Area(s): Machine Learning, Neural-Symbolic, Cognitive Modeling, Knowledge Representation & Reasoning, Vision and Language understanding
Thesis Topic: Hybrid Primal Sketch:  A Hybrid Commonsense Visual-Understanding System Combining Analogy and Deep Learning
Planned PhD Defense Date: 6/1/22
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research
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Advisor(s): Yan Chen
Research Area(s): Network Protocols, Networked Systems, Cloud Networks
Thesis Topic: Configuration Security and Performance Optimization for Next Generation Network Protocols 
Planned PhD Defense Date: 5/1/22
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research
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Aleck Johnsen

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Advisor(s): Jason Hartline
Research Area(s): Algorithmic Game Theory
Thesis Topic: Prior Independent Algorithm Design
PhD Defense Date: 7/30/21
Employment Preference: Private/Public Research and Consulting
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Advisor(s): Yan Chen
Research Area(s): Security, System Security
Thesis Topic: Semantic Assisted Security for the Emerging Cloud Native Environments
Planned PhD Defense Date: 8/15/22
Employment Preference: Security Areas
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Advisor: Jason Hartline
Research Area(s): Theory, Mechanism Design
Thesis Topic: Mechanism Design with Endogenous Information
Planned PhD Defense Date: 5/1/2022
Employment Preference: Academia
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Advisor(s): Bryan Pardo
Research Area(s): Machine Learning, Audio Signal Processing
Thesis Topic: Symbolic and Hierarchical Perspectives on Musical Scene Analysis
Planned PhD Defense Date: 2/14/22
Employment Preference: Industry
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Advisor(s): Peter Dinda
Research Area(s): Computer Systems
Thesis Topic: Software-based Memory Management
Planned PhD Defense Date: 5/22/22
Hired: Google Systems - Madison
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Advisor(s): Jennie Rogers, Xiao Wang 
Research Area(s): DB, Security
Thesis Topic: Secure Approximate Functional Dependency Discovery
Planned PhD Defense Date: 9/1/22
Employment Preference: Industry
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Advisor(s): Nabil Alshurafa
Research Area(s): Machine Learning
Thesis Topic: Applied Machine Learning in Mobile Health
Planned PhD Defense Date: 11/10/21
Hired: HP Labs

Outgoing Postdoctoral Fellows

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Northwestern Advisor(s): Jason Hartline and Aravindan Vijayaraghavan
Phd Institution & Advisor(s): Aaron Roth, University of Pennsylvania
Research Area(s): CS Theory
Thesis Topic: Gaussian Differential Privacy and Related Techniques
Employment Preference: Academia/Research Laboratories
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Northwestern Advisor(s): Aravindan Vijayaraghavan
Phd Institution & Advisor(s): Oded Regev, New York University
Research Area(s): Theory
Thesis Topic: Concentration and Anti-Concentration for Markov Chains
Employment Preference: Open
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Northwestern Advisor(s): Samir Khuller
Phd Institution & Advisor(s): Samir Khuller, University of Maryland, College Park
Research Area(s): Scheduling, Approximation Algorithm, Cloud Computing
Thesis Topic: On Scheduling and Communication Issues in Data Centers
Employment Preference: Academia - Research, Industry - Research