ksteph [at] cs.berkeley.edu
Computer Science PhD Student
360 Hearst Memorial Mining Bldg
UC Berkeley, 94720-1776
I am a Computer Science PhD student at UC Berkeley, started August 2010. My Master's research work is in computer networking with Vern Paxson. My PhD research interest lies at the intersection of education and computer science, mainly with Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) data, and I am advised by Armando Fox and Marti Hearst. I sit in the Berkeley institute of Design (BiD) lab.
My specific research interest is on looking at the data from machine-gradeable assessments, with the goal to find interpretable data-driven insights that help instructors find ways to improve their course material.
I am the founder and CS-coordinator of EECS Peers. A group dedicated to supporting fellow graduate students with grad school life. In 2012-2013 I served as the computer science co-president for WICSE. And I have I volunteered as a role model at Techbridge, an after school program to inspire girls in technology, science, and engineering.
I graduated summa cum laude from University of Maryland (UMD) receiving my B.S. in Computer Science. I dabbled in various research areas while at Maryland including: software engineering with FindBugs, artificial intelligence by applying genetic algorithms to swarm intelligence, and computer networking.
Below are highlights from my CV, with the full version here.
- Kristin Stephens-Martinez, Marti A. Hearst, and Armando
Fox. 2014. Monitoring MOOCs: Which Information Sources Do
Instructors Value? ACM Learning At Scale 2014. ACM L@S
'14. [pdf] [slides]
- Kristin Stephens, Shaddi Hasan, and Yahel
Ben-David. 2012. MultiWAN: WAN Aggregation for Developing
Regions. In Proceedings of the 2nd ACM Symposium on Computing for
Development. ACM DEV '12. (poster)
- Brian Cole, Dan Hakim, Dave Hovemeyer, Reuven Lazarus, William Pugh, and Kristin Stephens. 2006. Improving your software using static analysis to find bugs. In Companion To the 21st ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Applications. OOPSLA '06. [pdf]
- (Master's report) Kristin Stephens. 2013. Towards Sound HTTP Request Causation Inference. EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley. UCB/EECS-2013-141
- University of CA, Berkeley
- CS194-25 Special topics: Building Your Next Generation Education Technologies (Fall 2012, Teaching Assistant/Co-Instructor, Dawn Song)
- EE122 Introduction to Communication Networks (Fall 2011, Teaching Assistant, Scott Shenker)
- University of MD, College Park
- Association for Computing Machinery
Honors and Awards
- Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor - UC Berkeley
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
- UC Berkeley Chancellor's fellowship
- Outstanding Undergraduate of 2009 for The College of Computational, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences (UMD)
- UMD CS Department Teaching Excellence Award for an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
I post articles and interesting stuff I find on the Internet to my Google plus account.
I have several hobbies to balance out my grad school life. I make origami earrings (that can be seen here) and crochet. I also swing dance. Great dance venues include: Lindy on Sproul and Dancer's Den.
My arts and craft hobbies can also be seen on my blog Hobby Sanity.