Jeffrey Bokor

EECS Chair and EE Division Chair

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

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.

Anca Dragan

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

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.

Chunlei Liu

Associate Prof. Chunlei Liu‘s main 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

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

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.

Yakun Sophia Shao

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 and application processes. 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 excited to 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!

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, has been 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 Coates

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.