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Workshop Chair

Dr. Shadnaz Asgari 
Associate Professor, CSULB 

George Tucker

Member of the Organizing Comittee

Dr. Shadnaz Asgari 
Associate Professor, CSULB 

Dr. Bo Fu 
Assistant Professor, CSULB

Dr. Alvaro Monge
Professor, CSULB 

Dr. Birgit Penzenstadler 
Assistant Professor, CSULB

Dr. Debra Richardson 
Professor, UCI 

Dr. Wenlu Zhang 
Assistant Professor, CSULB

 

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Kristina Winbladh Nasr
Technical Program Manager, Google

Kristina Winbladh Nasr

Kristina Nasr is a Technical Program Manager at Google where she combines her skills in software engineering and project management to drive large cross-functional projects. She was previously a Director of Software Engineering at comScore where she was responsible for applications processing 65 Billion records daily and led a team of software engineers in developing big data applications on the distributed computing platform Hadoop. Before then, Kristina was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware where she built up a research lab in software engineering, secured public grants and funding, taught several courses in the M.S. program, and was granted a Young Faculty Award by DARPA. She earned her Ph.D. from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UCI in 2010 and her B.S. from the Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department at CSULB in 2004. On her free time, Kristina enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, and skiing, or anything that involves being active and outside.

Dr. Anahita Shayesteh
Senior Staff Engineer, Samsung

Anahita Shayesteh

Shayesteh is a senior system architect and researcher at Samsung Memory Platform Lab in San Jose, California. She works on storage solutions for datacenter applications, leveraging new technologies in flash and SSD design. Anahita received her PhD in Computer Science from UCLA where she focused on Computer architecture. Prior to Samsung she was a research scientist at Intel Labs where she worked on various topics in architecture including CPU, GPU, Cache and Interconnect design.

Dr. Constance Steinkuehler
Professor, UCI

Constance Steinkuehler

Constance Steinkuehler is a Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine where she researches the cognitive and social aspects of multiplayer online videogames and esports. Her current projects include mixed methods research on the NASEF high school esports league, quantitative study of esports in higher education, and advice on parenting gamers. She chairs the Annual Esports Conference at UCI and the UCI Esports Program Task Force for Diversity and Inclusion.
Constance formerly served as Senior Policy Analyst under the Obama administration in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, advising on games and digital media. She is the founder and former President of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance, an academic organization of game-related programs in higher education. She currently serves on the advisory board for the UCI Esports Program and Chairs the UCI Diversity and Inclusion in Esports Task Force. Constance’s research has been funded by the Samueli Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Cambridge University. She has published over ninety articles and book chapters including three special journal issues and two books. She has worked closely with the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Education on special reports relate to videogames, and her work has been featured in Science, Wired, USA Today, New York Times, LA Times, ABC, CBS, CNN NPR, BBC and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Constance has a PhD in Literacy Studies, an MS in Educational Psychology, and three Bachelor Degrees in Mathematics, English, and Religious Studies. Her dissertation was a cognitive ethnography of the MMOs Lineage I and II where she ran a large siege guild. Her husband Kurt Squire is an educational game designer and scholar. They live with their two little gamers in Southern California.

 

Google Mentors

Dr. Stephanie Chan
Google A.I. Resident

Stephanie Chan

Stephanie is an AI Resident at Google. The AI Residency is a one-year program research training program designed to jumpstart a career in machine learning research. Stephanie studied physics and brain & cognitive sciences as an undergrad at MIT, then completed her PhD in neuroscience at Princeton University. There, she studied the algorithms the brain uses for organizing its memories and for reinforcement learning/decision making. After the PhD, Stephanie led machine learning teams at startups in Boston/Barcelona and Hong Kong, before arriving at Google.

 

PhD Students

Nailah Alhassoun

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

Clara Marques Caldeira

Clara Marques Caldeira

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

 

Aisha Chen

Aisha Moore

Department of Computer Engineering & Computer Science
California State University, Long Beach

 

 

 

 

Mayara Costa Figueiredo

Mayara Costa Figueiredo

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

 

 

Leiny Garcia

Leiny Garcia

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

 

Qing Han

Qing Han

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

Sharin Jacob

Sharin Jacob

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

 

Shiva Jahangiri

Shiva Jahangiri

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

 

Samantha McDonald

Samantha McDonald

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

Juliet Norton

Juliet Norton

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

 

Ha Nguyen

Ha Nguyen

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

Tera Leigh Reynolds

Tera Leigh Reynolds

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

 

Phanwadee (Gift) Sinthong

Phanwadee (Gift) Sinthong

Department of Informatics School of Information and Computer Science
University of California, Irvine

 

 

 

Alex Sanchez-Stern

Alex Sanchez-Stern

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of California, San Diego

 

 

 

 

Master Students

Erik Arriaga, CSULB

Echelle Burns, CSULB

Jared Coleman,  CSULB

Sogand Kavianpour, CSULB
Website Administrator

Anthony Martinez,  CSULB