SCS Undergraduate Thesis and Research Poster Presentations

— 2:45pm

In Person - ASA Conference Room, Gates Hillman 6115, Collaborative Commons and Zoom

Please join our SCS students for their annual thesis and research presentations.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about their work and perspectives. During the SCS Undergrad Poster Session,  our senior thesis students will be talking about their work as well.  In addition, two students finishing their thesis work will give their final presentations. THESIS LIGHTNING UPDATES  ⇒ ASA Conference Room, Gates Hillman 6115

  • 12:30 pm - Prashanti Anderson  — Advisor: Pravesh Kothari
  • 12:36 pm - Erica Chiang  — Advisor: Kathleen Carley
  • 12:42 pm - Kai Franz  — Advisors: Todd Mowry & Andy Pavlo
  • 12:48 pm - Jhih-Yi Hsieh  — Advisors: Virginia Smith & Tian Li
  • 12:54 pm - Shreeya Khurana  — Advisor: Ruslan Salakhutdinov
  •   1:00 pm - Konwoo Kim  — Advisor: Steven Wu
  •   1:06 pm - Rohan Pandey  — Advisor: L-P Morency
  •   1:12 pm - Gustavo Silvera  — Advisor: Henny Admoni
  •   1:18 pm - Naomi Spargo  — Advisor: Karl Crary
  •   1:24 pm - Jeff Tan, advisor  — Advisors: Deva Ramanan & Gengshan Yang
  •   1:30 pm - Rae Ying Yee Wong  — Advisor: Zhihao Jia

SENIOR THESIS FINAL PRESENTATIONS  ⇒ ASA Conference Room, Gates Hillman 6115

► 2:00 pm - Megan Strauss Formalization of the Responsibility Sensitive Safety Model for Self-Driving Cars
         Advisor: Stefan Mitsch Technology advances give us the hope of driving without human error. Self driving cars have come a long way since their creation and making sure these vehicles are safe is very important to the continuation of this field. In this thesis, we consider the Responsibility Sensitive Safety model (RSS) for self-driving cars and prove the safety and optimality of this model in the forward driving direction. We utilize KeYmaeraX as a tool to formalize RSS as a hybrid system with both its control constraints and motion model, and prove absence of collisions. We also illustrate the practicality of RSS and the behavior of cars following its motion model in simulation, and measure agreement between the model and simulation with monitors that are derived from the formal model.

► 2:20 pm - Olivia Xu  — The Firm in the Glass House: How Firms Organize Their Open-Source Efforts to Achieve Strategic Goals
          Advisor:  Chinmay Kulkarni Even an open-source project, hosted on a platform like GitHub, can often be operated under the tight control and technical leadership of a single firm, when the firm initiates the project and installs its own employees as maintainers of the project. Such 'firm-controlled' projects are increasingly a practical reality. However, prior work has shown that even when such projects attract developer communities around them, they fail to attract code contributions from community members. As a result, the viability of such efforts has been the subject of much speculation. Despite this, many such projects have grown to become sustained multi-year efforts, with their development continuing to be driven solely by employees of the overseeing firm. Why and how do firms operate such projects? We present findings from a series of interviews with maintainers of firm-controlled open-source projects that have exhibited sustained activity. We make several contributions: we provide a detailed investigation into the operation of firm-controlled projects, which is an understudied phenomenon; we find that attracting 'customers', and not 'contributors', is the continued focus of firms in firm-controlled projects; and challenging popular narratives that communities in open-source projects are the source of innovative ideas, we supply evidence that in firm-controlled open-source projects, the role of the community is reduced to simply providing feedback on the firm's ideas.

Zoom Participation for Thesis Presentations.  See announcement.

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