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Alexandra Papoutsaki

PhD Candidate
Computer Science
Brown University

409 CIT
115 Waterman Street
Providence RI 02912
alexpap@cs.brown.edu

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Brown University. My academic advisor is Prof. Jeff Huang and I am currently working on scalable eye tracking using webcams found in laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. My goal is to provide an enhanced user experience by combining cursor, touch, and other user interactions.
I completed my masters at Brown while working with Prof. Benjamin Raphael. I received my bachelors degree in Computer Science from Athens University of Economics and Business.

I am particularly interested in teaching a wide range of Computer Science courses. During Fall 2015, I taught CS0931, an Introductory course on Computation for students majoring in Humanities and Social Sciences. Last semester, I supervised CS1950N, a seminar in 2D Game Engines.

News: I will be joining Pomona College as Assistant Professor in Fall 2017.

Publications

SearchGazer: Scalable Webcam Eye Tracking for Remote Studies of Web Search
Alexandra Papoutsaki, James Laskey, Jeff Huang
CHIIR 2017    (to appear)
WebGazer: Scalable Webcam Eye Tracking Using User Interactions
Alexandra Papoutsaki, Patsorn Sangkloy, James Laskey, Nediyana Daskalova, Jeff Huang, James Hays
IJCAI 2016    (25% acceptance rate)
Crowdsourcing from Scratch: A Pragmatic Experiment in Data Collection by Novice Requesters
Alexandra Papoutsaki, Hua Guo, Danae Metaxa-Kakavouli, Connor Gramazio, Jeff Rasley, Wenting Xie, Guan Wang, Jeff Huang
HCOMP 2015    (30% acceptance rate, Best Paper Finalist)
Scalable Webcam Eye Tracking by Learning from User Interactions
Alexandra Papoutsaki
CHI 2015 Extended Abstracts
Genome-Wide Survival Analysis of Somatic Mutations in Cancer
M. D.M. Leiserson*, F. Vandin*, H.-T. Wu, J. R. Dobson, J. V. Eldridge, J. L. Thomas, A. Papoutsaki, Y. Kim, B. Niu, M. McLellan, M. S. Lawrence, A. Gonzalez-Perez, D. Tamborero, Y. Cheng, G. A. Ryslik, N. Lopez-Bigas, G. Getz, L. Ding, B. J. Raphael
Nature Genetics, (2015) 47(2):106-114
Accurate Computation of Survival Statistics in Genome-Wide Studies
Fabio Vandin, Alexandra Papoutsaki, Benjamin Raphael*, Eli Upfal*
PLoS Computational Biology, (2015) 11(5): e1004071
Genome-Wide Survival Analysis of Somatic Mutations in Cancer
Fabio Vandin, Alexandra Papoutsaki, Benjamin Raphael, Eli Upfal
RECOMB 2013    (19.2% acceptance rate, Best Paper Award)

Teaching Experience

CS1950N: Topics in 2D Games, Fall 2016
Co-Instructor, Department of Computer Science - Brown University
CS0931: Introduction to Computation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Fall 2015
Instructor, Department of Computer Science - Brown University
Twice-weekly lectures for 17 students, creating new and editing existing material, holding office hours, and managing a staff of 4 undergraduate TAs.
CS2300: Seminar in Human Computer Interaction, Spring 2015
Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science - Brown University
Instructor: Prof. Jeff Huang
Development of assignments, selection of discussion topics, coordination of presentations and discussions in a new seminar course of 22 senior undergraduate and graduate students.
CS2951-L: Seminar in Human Computer Interaction, Spring 2014
Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science - Brown University
Instructor: Prof. Jeff Huang
Developed one assignment and coordinated discussions in a seminar course of 18 advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Led a group of five students in the writing of a publication that summarized the findings of a class assignment.
Brown Computer Science without Borders, Spring 2012, Spring 2013
Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science - Brown University
Assisted in Android Development, a weekly workshop for High school students of public schools in Providence, taught by fellow graduate students Irina Calciu, Yuri Malitsky, and Sasha Berkoff, in collaboration with Providence After School Alliance (PASA).

Teaching Development

Certificate II: The Course Design Seminar - Principles + Practice, Fall 2015 - May 2016
Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, Brown University
Identified strategies and practices for course design, implementation and assessment for different course levels.
Certificate III: The Professional Development Seminar, Fall 2014 - May 2015
Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, Brown University
Developed a teaching portfolio, cover letters, CVs and interview & presentation skills for the academic job market.
Certificate I: Teaching Seminar - Reflective Teaching, Fall 2012 - May 2014
Sheridan Center for Teaching & Learning, Brown University
Developed and refined fundamental teaching and assessment strategies and communication skills based on how students learn.