Update

August 2016 // I have graduated and am now at Adobe Research!

Education

September 2011 - May 2016

Ph.D in Computer Science

University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Thesis: A Visual Analytics Approach to Comparing Cohorts of Event Sequences
September 2011 - May 2014

M.S. in Computer Science

University of Maryland, College Park, MD
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September 2007 - May 2011

B.S. in Computer Science

University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Degree with Distinction.
Senior Thesis: "Parsing Java Method Names for Improved Software Analysis"
Minor: Math
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Research Experience

January 2014 - May 2016

"A Visual Analytics Approach to Comparing Cohorts of Event Sequences"

Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland, College Park
Co-advisors: Ben Shneiderman and Catherine Plaisant
Designing, developing, and evaluating a visual analytics tool for performing comparison of two cohorts of event sequence data.
More information: website
August 2013 - May 2016

EventFlow

Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland, College Park
Co-advisors: Ben Shneiderman and Catherine Plaisant
Develop and maintain visual analytics tool for displaying and modifying event sequence data.
More information: website
May 2012 - January 2013

"Punctuation Input on Touchscreen Keyboards: Analyzing Frequency of Use and Mode-switching Costs"

Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland, College Park
Advisor: Leah Findlater
Updating and evaluating a 10-finger QWERTY touchscreen keyboard for the Microsoft Pixelsense. Running a user study with ten participants to evaluate performance of the keyboard against the status quo.
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January 2010 - May 2011

"Parsing Java Method Names for Improved Software Analysis"

Software Analysis and Compilation Lab, University of Delaware
Co-advisors: Lori L. Pollock, Vijay K. Shanker
Developing, implementing, and evaluating a tool to automatically identify the parts-of-speech in multiword Java method names and chunk these words into meaningful phrases based on lexical relationships for improved software analysis.
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June - August 2009

"Extending and Evaluating a Software Word Usage Model for C++"

Software Analysis and Compilation Lab, University of Delaware
Graduate Mentor: Emily Hill
Examine differences of Java & C++ and apply a Software Word Usage Model (SWUM) to C++.
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Publications

May 2016

Simplifying Overviews of Temporal Event Sequences

Matthew Louis Mauriello, Ben Shneiderman, Fan Du, Sana Malik, and Catherine Plaisant in Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’16). San Jose, CA, USA (2016). p. 2217-2224. Best Paper Honorable Mention
May 2016

High-Volume Hypothesis Testing for Large-Scale Web Log Analysis

Sana Malik, Eunyee Koh
in Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’16). San Jose, CA, USA (2016). p. 1583-1590
May 2016

HIGH-VOLUME HYPOTHESIS TESTING: SYSTEMATIC EXPLORATION OF EVENT SEQUENCE COMPARISONS

Sana Malik, Ben Shneiderman, Fan Du, Catherine Plaisant and Margret Bjarnadottir
in ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS), Volume 6 Issue 1, May 2016, Article No. 9 ACM New York, NY, USA
March 2016

Coping with Volume and Variety in Temporal Event Sequences: Strategies for Sharpening Analytic Focus

Fan Du, Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant, Sana Malik, Adam Perer
in IEEE Transactions on Vision and Computer Graphics, 2016 Mar 9.
December 2015

UNDERSTANDING ADHERENCE AND PRESCRIPTION PATTERNS USING LARGE SCALE CLAIMS DATA

Margret Bjarnadottir, Sana Malik, Eberechukwu Onukwugha, Tanisha Gooden, Cather- ine Plaisant in PharmacoEconomics 2016 Feb; 34(2):169-79.
March 2015

Cohort Comparison of Event Sequences with Balanced Integration of Visual Analytics and Statistics

Sana Malik, Fan Du, Megan Monroe, Eberechukwu Onukwugha, Catherine Plaisant and Ben Shneiderman
in Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI '15). p. 38-49.
November 2014

An Evaluation of Visual Analytics Approaches to Comparing Cohorts of Event Sequences

Sana Malik, Fan Du, Megan Monroe, Eberechukwu Onukwugha, Catherine Plaisant and Ben Shneiderman
in IEEE VIS Workshop on Visualizing Electronic Health Record Data
August 2014

Visual Analysis of Topical Evolution in Unstructured Text: Design and Evaluation of TopicFlow

Alison Smith, Sana Malik, and Ben Shneiderman
Lecture Notes on Social Network Analysis, Springer (to appear)
August 2013

TopicFlow: Visualizing Topic Alignment of Twitter Data over Time

Sana Malik, Alison Smith, Timothy Hawes, Panagis Papadatos, Jianyu Li, Cody Dunne, Ben Shneiderman
in Proceedings of 2013 IEEE/ACM ASONAM, ACM
May 2013

Part-of-Speech Tagging of Program Identifiers for Improved Text-based Software Engineering Tools

Samir Gupta, Sana Malik, Lori Pollock and K. Vijay-Shanker
in Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC). Best paper award.

Projects

September - December 2012

TopicFlow

Designed and developed a novel visualization tool for analyzing tweets over time. Implemented live search, filtering, and brushing and linking interactions.
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March - July 2011

TV Tracker

Designed and developed TV show episode tracker for mobile Android devices that pulls information from RSS feeds on the internet to search for and updates episode information on demand.

Additional Experience

June 2013 - August 2013

Software Engineer Intern, Growth

Foursquare, New York, NY
Implement features on website; run A/B testing and report on results.
September 2011 - May 2013

Teaching Assistant

Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland
Conduct discussion and review sessions; grade papers and projects; hold office hours.
August 2008 - May 2010

Teaching Assistant

Department of Computer Science, University of Delaware
Conduct lab and review sessions; grade papers and projects; hold office hours
May 2008 - May 2010

Computer Lab Assistant

Departments of Computer Science and Computer & Electrical Engineering, University of Delaware
Maintain department machines (Mac, Windows, Linux); set up, wire, and maintain networks; provide computer assistance for graduate students and professors.

Invited Talks, Presentations, and Posters

November 2015

"Event Sequence Simplification & Analysis"

Pixl Group, Department of Computer Science, Princeton University
July 2015

"Event Sequence Simplification & Analysis"

Adobe, San Jose, CA
June 2015

"Event Sequence Simplification & Analysis"

Yahoo! Labs, San Francisco, CA
May 2015

"Understanding Temporal Patterns in Hypertensive Drug Therapy"

Temporal Event Sequence Analysis Workshop, HCIL Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
May 2015

"High-Volume Hypothesis Testing: Systematic Exploration of Event Sequence Comparisons"

Temporal Event Sequence Analysis Workshop, HCIL Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
November 2014

"A Visual Analytics Approach to Comparing Cohorts of Event Sequences"

IEEE VIS 2014 Doctoral Colloquium, Paris, France
July 2014

"Visual Analytics of Temporal Event Sequences"

Invincea Labs, Arlington, VA
May 2014

"A Visual Analytics Approach to Comparing Cohorts of Event Sequences"

Exploring Temporal Patterns in Electronic Health Record Data Workshop, HCIL Symposium, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
November 2010

Fourth Annual Computer Science Research Day

Department of Computer Science, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
April 2010

Summer Scholars Poster Session

University of Delaware, Newark, DE
September 2009

Third Annual Computer Science Research Day

Department of Computer Science, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
August 2009

Undergraduate Research Symposium

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Awards & Honors

2013

hackNY Fellow

New York, NY
2011, 2012

Dean's Fellowship

University of Maryland
2011

Lauri Pfeffer Shinn Memorial Award

Department of Computer Science, University of Delaware
Given annually to a woman CIS student in recognition of a contribution to the CIS department and in recognition of academic success.
2007 - 2011

Dean's List

University of Delaware
Full-time students named each semester with grade point averages of 3.33 or above.
2010

Microsoft Scholarship

Awarded to 9-15% of applicants.
2009, 2010

Keith MT Scholarship

University of Delaware
Awarded to full-time female residents of Delaware on the basis of good character and academic excellence.
2009

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU) Fellowship

CRA-W/CDC
Matches promising undergraduate women and underrepresented groups with a faculty mentor for a summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution.
2009

Science & Engineering Summer Scholar

Undergraduate Research Program, University of Delaware
Enables selected undergraduates, generally sophomores and juniors, to conduct in-depth research or creative work with University faculty.
2008

Woman of Promise

University of Delaware
Honors undergraduate female students of exceptional promise nominated by tenured faculty.
2007, 2008

E.C. Davis Trust Scholarship

Department of Environmental & Civil Engineering, University of Delaware

Skills

Technical

Computer Languages

Java, C/C++, HTML, CSS, MATLAB, LaTeX, Python, PHP, Perl, Bash.

Software

Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator), Dia, Omnigraffle, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Minitab, Maple, Eclipse, Android SDK.