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Margie Ruffin
Ph.D. Student
Computer Science
UIUC
CONTACT INFO

Email: mruffin2@illinois.edu

I am a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). I am co-advised by Professors Gang Wang and Kirill Levchenko.

My primary research interests are Network Security and Data Privacy, and its intersection areas with Human Computer Interaction.


News

  • [Sept 12, 2022] My very first, first-author Conference Paper has been accepted to GROUP 2023! Sanibel Island, FL here I come!

  • [Sept 8, 2022] I'm so grateful for the opprotunity to have been a guest speaker on a Birds of a Feather panel on Navigating Your Advisor-Advisee Relationship at the 2022 Richard Tapia Conference.

  • Group Photo of Panel Speakers
  • [Sept 6, 2022] My first-author workshop paper "Casing the Vault: Security Analysis of Vault Applications" has been accepted to WPES '22!

  • [Aug 22, 2022] Increasing representation in S[T]EM fields is one of my passions and because of that I am so thrilled to be apart of the inaugural group of Grainger Engineering Graduate Student Diversity Ambassadors (DAs)!

  • Group Photo of Diversity Ambassadors
  • [April 4, 2022] I am so excited and honored to have been awarded the NSF GRFP! To my friends, family, advisors, and peers thank you for your constant support!


Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 06/2020 - Present
    Ph.D. in Computer Science

  • Spelman College, 08/2016 - 05/2020
    B.S. Computer Science


Publications

  • Margie Ruffin, Kirill Levchenko, and Gang Wang. 2023. Explaining Why Fake Photos are Fake: Does It Work? In 2023 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP), 23 pages.
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  • Margie Ruffin, Israel Lopez-Toldeo, Kirill Levchenko, and Gang Wang. 2022. Casing the Vault: Security Analysis of Vault Applications. In Proceedings of the 21st Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society (WPES ’22), November 7, 2022, Los Angeles, CA, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 6 pages
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  • Nias, J., Hampton, L., Sampson,P. and Ruffin, M. 2020. To Appear. Decolonizing Technologies for Preserving Cultural and Societal Diversity. CHI 2020 Extended Abstracts, April 25 - 30, 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA.
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  • Margie Ruffin, Jaye Nias, Kayla Taylor, Gabrielle Singleton, and Amber Sylvain. 2020. Character Development to Facilitate Retention in a Storytelling Robot. In 2020 ACM Southeast Conference (ACMSE 2020), April 2–4, 2020, Tampa, FL, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 4 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3374135.3385315
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  • Jaye Nias and Margie Ruffin. 2020. CultureBot: A Culturally Relevant Humanoid Robotic Dialogue Agent. In 2020 ACM Southeast Conference (ACMSE 2020), April 2–4, 2020, Tampa, FL, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 4 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3374135.3385306
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Research Experience

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Advisors Gang Wang and Kirill Levchenko -- Champaign, IL – Research Assistant | June 2020 – Present

  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab | Advisor Brian Kelley -- Livermore, CA – Graduate Researcher | June 2020 – August 2021

  • Georgia Tech Research Institute | Advisors Michael Brown and Brian Schultz -- Atlanta, GA – Student Researcher | October 2019 – May 2020

  • Spelman College | Advisor Raquel Hill -- Atlanta, GA - Student Researcher | September 2019 – May 2020

  • Spelman College | Advisor Jaye Nias -- Atlanta, GA - SpelBots Team Research Leader | January 2019 – May 2020

  • Spelman College | Advisor Jaye Nias -- Atlanta, GA - Clair Booth Luce Research Fellow | September 2018 – May 2020


Honors and Awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program | 2022 – 2025
  • Alfred P. Sloan Scholar | 2020 – 2025
  • Grainger College of Engineering SURGE Fellowship | 2020 – 2025
  • UIUC Graduate College Fellowship | 2020 – 2025
  • Magna Cum Laude, Spelman College | 2020
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Spelman College |2017 – 2020