Interests

Broadly, I am intirgued by the question: how do we make the field of computer science more accessible and our computer science education systems more effective? We need our future systems to be developed by individuals with a diverse set of voices and backgrounds. Further, I think that in order to be an enfranchised member of our increasingly digitized society, an individual has a right to exposure to computing. I’m interested by the many subfields of CS that have the potential for positive impact related to this topic:

  • HCI: how do we make sure our technologies are both accessible and usable? How do we build a system that is accessible to all?
  • data science: how can we reframe data summaries and visualizations to encourage questions, rather than acceptance?
  • programming languages: what is the effect of a programming language on a CS student’s learning outcome? How can we build languages to fit more naturally into existing grammatical models already familiar to students?
  • security & data mangagement: how do we preserve privacy in the systems we build to achieve this goal?

Experience

I currently work with Prof. Eni Mustafaraj of Wellesley in the Cred Lab, where we study minsinformation on the web. One of our projects was recently covered by Wellesley College’s Daily Shot.

I’ve also worked with Prof. Yanni Loukisass of Georgia Tech on the Atlanta Map Room, where we sought to make data about gentrification more tangible and empower Atlantans to add missing context to presented data. GaTech wrote up a nice article about the Civic Data REU here.

In Summer 2019, I worked in the HCI lab of Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll of the University of Oldenburg, as part of the IRES Ubicomp program co-directed by Dr. Andrew Kun of UNH and Dr. Orit Shaer of Wellesley. I was supervised by Dr. Torben Wallbaum and built FeelsLike to help long distance partners share significant emotional moments.

I am currently working on an honors thesis (bachelorarbeit) with Prof. Ada Lerner of Wellesley. The working title of my thesis is “Helping Users Understand and Prevent Data Exfiltration by Ads in Android Apps”.

Papers

  • A. Rothschild*, E.Lurie*, E.Mustafaraj, How the Interplay of Google and Wikipedia Affects Perceptions of Online News Sources, Computation + Jouranlism Symposium, Miami, FL, Feb. 1-2, 2019. Link. A review of this work was published in The Signpost, the online newspaper of the English-language Wikipedia.

Talks

  • Presented How the Interplay of Google and Wikipedia Affects Perceptions of Online News Sources at C+J 2019
  • Intern Mentorship Panel (panelist), Wellesley College Computer Science Club, April 2019
  • The Atlanta Map Room, Wellesley College Tanner Conference, October 2018
  • The Atlanta Map Room: Documenting the Connections and Disjunctions between Civic Data and Lived Experiences in the City, Atlanta Studies Fall Meetup, August 2018
  • First-Year Internships in Tech, Wellesley College Tanner Conference, October 2017

Technical Reports