CSE Spotlight

Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Michigan State University

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) at Michigan State University is launching a new series of interviews called CSE Spotlight where we go behind the scenes to get more insight into some of the notable happenings and people within the department. Learn stories such as how Dr. Josh Siegel turned an idea about using RFID tags to detect diaper wetness into an IEEE Sensors Journal best paper for 2020 and how Dr. Emily Dolson pivoted her research into developing a new device for small hospitals to disinfect PPE for reuse when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March of 2020.

All Episodes

Dr. Eric Torng interviews star graduate student Kate Skocelas, an MSU University Fellow and a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow. Kate talks about overcoming lupus, applying for the NDSEG fellowship, her fascinating research which includes using evolution to build more secure distributed systems, and being a graduate student in a pandemic. Kate also has her own podcast included in the links below. Also, since this interview took place, Kate has advanced to the semifinals of the 2021 (virtual) Reach Out Science Slams!

Apr 2

31 min 31 sec

Dr. Xiaoming Liu, IAPR fellow and MSU Foundation Professor, talks about his groundbreaking work in face recognition and perception. Get a glimpse into his new research in perception for autonomous driving and his work on coping with gender and racial bias in face recognition algorithms.

Feb 24

22 min 48 sec

Dr. Eric Torng, Associate Chair for Research and Faculty Development, interviews new CSE faculty member, Dr. Borzoo Bonakdarpour. Borzoo got his masters and doctoral degrees from MSU and returns to MSU after working in Europe, Canada, and at Iowa State University. Borzoo talks about a new NSF project, his research program in general, and working with Turing award winner Joseph Sifakis. Borzoo also compares and contrasts research in Europe, Canada, and the US. You can also learn about Borzoo's hidden musical talent and what instrument he is now picking up.

Dec 2020

43 min 13 sec

Dr. Eric Torng interviews Dr. Jiliang Tang who has just been awarded the ACM SIGKDD Rising Star Award. Quoting SIGKDD's announcement, "The award aims to celebrate the early accomplishments of the SIGKDD community's brightest new minds... Tang's notable work includes research into representation learning, especially on graphs and its applications on the internet and social media domains."  Besides discussing this award, Eric and Jiliang talk about representation learning, a new book on deep learning and graphs Jiliang and his lab have just released, plus Jiliang offers advice for anyone deciding between industry and academia. 

Dec 2020

28 min 42 sec

Join Dr. Eric Torng as he interviews new CSE faculty member, Dr. Emily Dolson. Learn about how she uses her expertise with evolution to study ways to fight cancer and how she and her lab pivoted to develop a method for smaller hospitals to disinfect PPE to help with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dec 2020

20 min 29 sec

Dr. Eric Torng interviews rising star Dr. Josh Siegel to talk about Josh's paper which received the 2020 IEEE Sensors Journal Best Paper award. This paper won out over all papers published in IEEE Sensors for the past year. You don't want to miss all the fascinating details that went into this paper including how this has affected new parent Josh.

Dec 2020

13 min 2 sec