Director

Associate Professor

Cecilia O. Alm, Ph.D.

Dr. Cecilia (Cissi) Alm's research interests focus on linguistic sensing and language-inclusive sensing with text, speech, and multimodal human data, especially at the nexus of affective computing and human-centered AI, including interactive and resource-efficient machine learning. She is dedicated to supporting student research and training experiences. Cissi is PI for NSF awards NRT-AI: AWARE-AI: AWAREness for Sensing Humans Responsibly with AI and REU Site: Computational Sensing for Human-centered AI . She previously was PI for REU Site: Computational Sensing, and subaward PI for NIH-funded Automated Analysis of Pragmatic Development in ASD. Besides her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign centered on computational linguistics, she also holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Language and Speech Processing and a Certificate of Graduate Specialization in Computational Science and Engineering from UIUC. Link to website and CV.


Collaborating Faculty/Researchers


Current Students

Rajesh Titung

 Ph.D. Candidate
 Computing & Information Sciences

 
Emmanuel Okafor

 M.S. Candidate
 Computer Science

 
Alphaeus Dmonte

 M.S. Candidate
 Computer Science

 
Rigved Rakshit

 M.S. Candidate
 Data & Science

 
Adhiraj Sood

 M.S. Candidate
 Computer & Science

 
Karen Chen

 B.S. Candidate
 Computer Engineering

 
Rachel Miller

 B.S. Candidate
 Computing and Information Technologies

 

Alumni

Ekta Akadkar

 M.S. 2021/2022
 Computer Science

 ServiceNow
Adya Shrivastava

 M.S. 2021
 Computer Science

 Amazon
Aditya Avinash Landge

 M.S. 2021
 Computer Science

 Kodak Alaris
Aditi Munjekar

 M.S. 2021
 Computer Science

 Nordstrom Technologies
Nikhil Kaushik

 M.S. 2021
 Computer Science

 Interactive Brokers
Matthew Peeks

 B.S. Candidate
 Computational Mathematics

 
Rishab Lalwani

 M.S. 2020
 Computer Science

 Commonwealth Care Alliance
Mitali Unde

 M.S. 2020
 Computer Science

 
Kunjan Mhaske

 M.S. 2020
 Computer Science

 AthenaHealth
Alexander P. Hedges

 B.S./M.S. 2019
 Computer Science

 USC Information Sciences Institute
Benjamin S. Meyers

 Ph.D. Candidate
 Computing & Information Sciences

 
Kate MacLaren

 B.S. 2019
 Musem Studies

 Gunn Historical Museum
Kruthika P. Simha

 M.S. 2019
 Computer Engineering

 Apple
Elizabeth Lucas

 B.S./M.S. 2019
 Computer Science

 Liberty Mutual
Jordan Shea

 B.S. 2019
 Computer Science

 DigitalOcean
Lucas Kessler

 B.S. 2019
 Computer Science

 Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky
Tong Liu

 Ph.D. 2020
 Computing & Information Sciences

 Appen
Andy Terkik

 M.S. 2016
 Computer Science

 Knewton
Anil Behera

 M.S. 2016
 Computer Science

 Apple
Ben Cohen

 B.S. 2015
 Computer Science

 Kensho
Chandini Ramesh

 M.S. Candidate
 Computer Science

 
Dan Lavoie

 B.S. 2015
 Software Engineering

 AthenaHealth
Doug Dlutz

 B.S. 2016
 Computer Science

 Microsoft
Douglas Gliner

 B.S. 2018
 Game Design & Development

 A game development company

 
Ja'Nai Gray

 B.S. 2017
  Criminal Justice and Sociology

 
Joe Bullard

 M.S. 2015
 Computer Science

 Cogent Labs
Kathryn Womack

 B.S. 2013
 ASL-English Interpreting

 Freelance Interpreting
Limor Hochberg

 M.S. 2014
 Experimental & Engineering Psychology

 UL, LLC
Michael Berezny

 B.S./M.S. Candidate
 Mechanical Engineering

 
Miguel Dominguez

 Ph.D. Candidate
 Computing & Information Sciences

 
Nic Schrading

 B.S./M.S. 2015
 Computer Engineering

 Space X
Preethi Vaidyanathan

 Ph.D. 2018
 Imaging Science

 LC Technologies
Rachel Doucet

 B.S. 2017
 Advertising & Public Relations

 
Ravdeep Johar

 M.S. 2014
 Computer Science

 Facebook
Robbie Jimerson

 Ph.D. Candidate
 Computing & Information Sciences

 
Suhas Pillai

 M.S. 2017
 Computer Science

 TeraDeep
Sanket Sheth

 M.S. 2018
 Computer Science

 
Titus Thomas

 M.S. 2017
 Electrical Engineering

 
Victor Trejo

 M.S. 2016
 Computer Science

 
Will Paul

 B.S. 2016
 New Media Interactive Development

 Constant Contact
Wilson McCoy

 B.S. 2012
 Game Design & Development

 Pronology
Ziwei Ye

 B.S. Candidate
 Computational Mathematics