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

Email: mruffin2@illinios.edu

About Me

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

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


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

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 & 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

  • 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
  • Dean’s List, Spelman College |2017 – 2020
  • Spelman College Research Day, 1st place |2019
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon Honor Society Inductee | 2019