Graduate Awards

From left: Pankaj K. Agarwal (Chair), Anna Lowegard, Ashwin Machanavajjhala (DGS), Lesia Semenova, Kangning Wang, Xi He, Nat Kell, Tiancheng Liu, Chaofan Chen at the 2018 annual meeting


At the beginning of each academic year, the Department recognizes outstanding academic endeavor or service exemplified by its graduate students for the past academic year by presenting several awards.

Graduate student awards for 2017-18 were presented at the 2018 departmental meeting. We congratulate the recipients, who are listed below.

Outstanding PhD Dissertation

  • Rupert Freeman
    Advisor: Vincent Conitzer
    Eliciting and Aggregating Information for Better Decision Making
  • Xi He (ACM Dissertation Award Nominee)
    Advisor: Ashwin Machanavajjhala
    Policy Driven Data Sharing with Provable Privacy Guarantees
  • Nathaniel Kell
    Advisor: Debmalya Panigrahi
    Alogorithms For Allocation Problems in Online Settings

Outstanding PhD Prelim Exam

  • Chaofan Chen
    Advisor: Cynthia Rudin
    Interpretability By Design: Developing Interpretable Machine Learning Models

Outstanding RIP Award

  • Tiancheng Liu
    Advisor: Xiaobai Sun
    Characterizing Properties and Activities on Sparse Networks

MS Project Award

  • Minwoo Kim
    Advisor: Mary Cummings
    The Impact of Skill-based Training Across Different Levels of Autonomy for Drone Inspection Tasks

TA Award

  • Anna Lowegard - CompSci 230, Discrete Math for Computer Science, with Bruce Donald
TA Award Honorable Mentions:
  • Lesia Semenova - CompSci 571, Machine Learning, with Cynthia Rudin
  • Kangning Wang - CompSci 230, Discrete Math for Computer Science, with Kamesh Munagala

The awards and recipients for recent years are
named in CS news articles: