PhD Candidate @ MIT
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Having been born in Russia, I moved to Canada when I was 8 years old. I attended the University of Toronto Schools from grade 7 through 12. In 2012, I completed a B.Sc., joint in Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Toronto in Canada; and am currently pursuing my graduate degree at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the field of computer vision (at CSAIL).
You can read about my views on education, communication, and research in the: Computer Vision News, Dec. 2016 issue.
Education: I have a deep interest in learning and education. I am a fan of the online educational movement (e.g. EdX). I was on Google's Anita Borg Alumni Global Planning Committee for improving education and female representation in computer science. I was a member of the MIT Graduate Student Committee on Digital Learning (GSDL). I was part of the 6.mitx initiative (summer 2013), supervising a team of undergraduates to build a video annotation tool.
Science Communication: I am also passionate about science communication, especially breaking streotypes about scientists and engineers. In 2015, I organized the MIT CS-visit day for high-school students to experience the excitement and energy that is computer science. SciEx was my 2-year (2014-5) video contest initiative (affiliated with the Cambridge Science Festival) to make cool and promotional science and engineering videos. In 2010, I started the Undergraduate Artificial Intelligence Group and Artificial Intelligence Day at the University of Toronto to introduce undergraduate students to subfields of Artificial Intelligence, which have since taken off.
I like to get my creative juices flowing! My free time is mostly spent drawing, cooking, and dancing (activities involving the right side of my brain, to give the left one a break). I also really enjoy writing! For samples, check out a short science fiction story, my blog, and my responses on Quora. Preferred vacation spots include mountains - for long, thought-filled, hikes.
My husband is a quantum physicist who shares many of my own interests and hobbies.
My brother is a future robotics engineer. Check out his drones, planes, and UAVs!
My dad is my software engineering role model. See his Quora answers! He taught me that a minute not spent learning is a minute lost!