Articles by Jesse Polhemus

Harini Suresh Joins Brown CS As Assistant Professor


Harini Suresh has ambitious plans for her research in machine learning (ML) and human-computer interaction (HCI), decidedly broad in their scope, but she doesn’t intend to tackle them alone. “Can we imagine new futures for technology,” she asks, “that stem from the needs and desires of people who aren’t currently involved in the process? Would things unfold differently if we involve more people in a way that’s thoughtful and intentional, working together to build technology that reflects our shared values?” 

My Research Summer Meeting People And Robots At Brown University


I am a junior at Rutgers University majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. I’m really interested in research and debating questions about how minds work. Artificial intelligence research piques my interest. So, this summer, I joined the Humans to Robots Laboratory through the Brown Computer Science Artificial Intelligence & Computational Creativity Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site. I felt so welcomed. Everyone at Brown, from the professors to the staff members to the grad students and undergrads, were very supportive. The program gave me a peek into the exciting life of a full-time researcher in computer science. Every day …

Brown CS Student Angel Arrazola Builds A Positive Learning Environment For Providence Middle School Students


The classroom might be the last place most college students choose to spend during their summer. Not so for Angel Arrazola.

The rising junior at Brown University is working full-time this summer at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence as an AmeriCorps teaching fellow as part of Generation Teach, a national program that offers college students the opportunity to engage in intensive summer teaching experiences in underserved communities nationwide.

What's Your Most Brilliant Moment? My ICPC NAC Trip

In February 2023, Brown CS faculty member Yu Cheng brought four teams of students to the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)’s Northeast North America (NENA) Regional Contest at the College of the Holy Cross site. Their story is told here. Below, one of the students from the team that advanced to the national level shares his experience of that event.

Brown Computer Science Department Response to TALO

Brown’s CS undergraduate TA program is a unique feature of the department that has helped create an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming learning environment for students. This happened largely due to the thousands of enthusiastic and dedicated TAs going back to 1965. The CS department would like to make sure that any problems that occur today are corrected and that the program remains enjoyable and rewarding for all participants—students, TAs, and faculty. This document is a statement of position and principles; negotiation of the details of a future contract and the details of implementing these principles will happen in the bargaining …

Andy van Dam Will Speak At The 50th SIGGRAPH Conference


Andy van Dam is saying good-bye in style to a conference that he’s been attending regularly for a half-century. Now in his ninth decade and still teaching, the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and Professor of Computer Science at Brown University will be giving two talks at the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) conference, now in its fiftieth year. Andy co-founded ACM SICGRAPH, The Special Interest Committee on Computer Graphics, the precursor to SIGGRAPH, in 1968.

What Are You Typing? Enhancing Digital Communication Through Rich Typing Indicators


Have you ever found yourself anxiously waiting for a response, unsure of what the other person is typing? The absence of immediate feedback, tone, facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues can sometimes hinder effective text-based communication. Hence, despite the convenient nature of messaging platforms, there has been a rising anxiousness around the ... or Zainab is typing . This anxiousness can be attributed to the low richness associated with messaging.

Kathi Fisler And Shriram Krishnamurthi Receive SIGPLAN’s Distinguished Educator Award


For the second time since the honor’s inauguration last year, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)’s Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) has presented its Distinguished Educator Award to recognize distinguished educational contributions to the Programming Languages community. The winners for 2023 are Brown CS faculty members Kathi Fisler and Shriram Krishnamurthi, who received the honor on June 19 at the 44th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation (PLDI 2023).