Vital Info
Jeffy B!
Jeff Browne
PhD student at University of California, Santa Barbara
Email: jbrowne[at/near]

Curriculum Vitae



University of California Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
Expected Graduation June 2013
PhD Candidate in Computer Science, Advisor Timothy Sherwood
Current GPA 3.98

Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
Aug 2004 – May 2008
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics and German
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Cumulative and Computer Science GPA 3.93

Research Experience

UCSB – Graduate Student Researcher (Advisor, Timothy Sherwood), July 2009 – Present

Implemented Android app and Python server that extracts and recognizes Turing machine diagrams from images of whiteboards, paper and chalkboards, and evaluated recognition accuracy given our novel algorithms (1)
Created novel taxonomy of sketch-recognition applications according to state-based semantics (3)
Designed and implemented a sketch recognition framework in Python to empower novice sketch application developers (5)
Examined reuse potential for current-generation smartphones in future classroom settings (4)

Citrix Online – Research Intern (Mentor, Florian Winterstein), September - December 2012

Implemented computer vision-based application prototype using OpenCV and C++
Collected test images and fine-tuned algorithm parameters to suit real world situations

Microsoft Research – Research Intern (Mentor, Bonshin Lee), June – August 2010

Implemented SketchVis, a sketch-based tool to explore large data sets through charts, using IronPython and .Net WPF (2)
Performed user studies with SketchVis during iterative design sessions

Gonzaga – Student Researcher (Advisor, Patricia Crowley), January 2007 – May 2008

Configured several MPI-based clusters, and evaluated cluster performance on phylogenetic inference algorithms
Designed reconfigurable OS on sensor networks as part of a team
Modified Linux kernel to insert fine-grain timing mechanisms


(1) Jeffrey Browne, Timothy Sherwood. Mobile Vision-Based Sketch Recognition with SPARK. (Sketch Based Interaction and Modeling - Expressive! 2012)
(2) Jeffrey Browne, Bongshin Lee, Sheelagh Carpendale, Nathalie Riche, Timothy Sherwood. Data Analysis on Interactive Whiteboards through Sketch-based Interaction. (ITS 2011)
(3) Jeffrey Browne, Andre Sayre, Timothy Sherwood. State Semantics of Erasure in Sketch Applications. (IUI Sketch Workshop 2011)
(4) Xun Li, Pablo J. Ortiz, Jeffrey Browne, Diana Franklin, John Y. Oliver, Roland Geyer, Yuanyuan Zhou, Frederic T. Chong. A case for smartphone reuse to augment elementary school education. (GREENCOMP 2010)
(5) Shane Zamora, Jeffrey Browne, Andre Sayre. Developer Paradigms and User Interaction in Sketch-Based Systems. (CHI 2010 DSRI Workshop)

Project Experience

Virtual GeoCaching (Python back-end), 2009
Implemented augmented-reality mobile app hosting user-generated geo-cache content
Scaling Into The Cloud (Python), 2009
Simulated novel dynamic resource scaling algorithms for cloud-based applications
Torrentphobe (Ruby on Rails), 2009
Created torrent tracker with social network features using agile, test-driven development
Passkey (Java), 2008
Created a sketch-based authentication system for pen interfaces

Relevant Coursework

Advanced Topics in Security
Quantum Computing
Sketch-based Systems
Advanced Networking
Program Analysis
Information Theory
Green Computing
Scalable Web Services
Combinatorial Algorithms
Modern Programming Languages
Advanced Computer Architecture
Advanced Distributed Systems
Trustworthiness in Embedded Systems
Advanced Operating Systems


Computer Science Systems Research Fellowship - 2008 – 2009
Computer Science Outstanding TA - Spring 2010
President's List - 2004 – 2008
Theodore Dreyer Scholarship for Excellence in German - Fall 2007
Elizabeth A. Lynn Scholarship - 2005 – 2008
Jack D. Miklos Scholarship - 2006 – 2008
Joseph and Patricia Hall Scholarship - 2005 – 2008
Coughlin Family Scholarship - 2006 – 2008

Clubs and Organizations

UCSB Computer Science Grad. Representatives, October 2009 – October 2011
Coordinated monthly department Coffee Hour as part of a small committee
ACM, 2007 – Present
IEEE (G.U. Chapter), 2004 – 2006
Residence Hall Association, 2005 – 2006

Community Service

G.U. ACM Chapter, September 2007
St. Margaret's Shelter Kid's Club October 2006 – January 2007
April's Angels Every April 2004 - 2007

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