About me

Hi there! My name is Valerie. I am a second-year PhD student in the Computer Science department at University of Chicago, and my advisor is Blase Ur. My research interests lie in human-computer interaction, usable security, cyber security, Internet of Things, and software engineering. Currently, my work is on smart homes and trigger-action programming. Since coming to UChicago, I have been a student volunteer at UbiComp 2019 and was one of two 2018 CERES scholars.

Before coming to UChicago, I was an undergraduate at Wellesley College (purple ‘18), where I double-majored in Computer Science and Neuroscience. My undergraduate thesis about dynamic binary instrumentation was advised by Benjamin Wood and funded by the Jerome A. Schiff Fellowship. I also did some research on effect systems for Wyvern and on emotion perception—publications related to both are available here. Outside of research, I was a Supplemental Instruction Leader (like a TA or recitation leader) for the Foundations to Computer Systems course (CS 240) in Spring and Fall of 2017. I was also a member of Wellesley Wushu. Please see my CV for other things I have done.

I’m a lifelong music maker/enthusiast, and also enjoy watching theatre, reading the news, wishing I had more sleep, and sleeping.