I am a first year Ph.D. student studying computer science at the University of Washington in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering advised by Jennifer Mankoff. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My current focus is on accessibility and assistive technology.
kmack3 [at] uw [dot] edu
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Advisors: Aditya Parameswaran and Karrie Karahalios
Reddit Usability Analysis
- Led the development of a project where we collected and analyzed hundreds of Reddit posts to discover the issues current spreadsheet users face for the purpose of improving our new spreadsheet application: DataSpread
- A case study for this project was published and presented at the CHI 2018 Conference in April 2018
- Web link to an extended version of the paper Characterizing Scalability Issues in Spreadsheet Software using Online Forums
Spreadsheet Benchmarking Analysis
- Conducting a variety of experiments across three spreadsheet applications to understand the limits of interactivity and data in spreadsheets
- Analyzing the results of the above experiments to learn about the implementation of operations in spreadsheets and developing strategies to perform them more efficiently
DataSpread Formulae Evaluation
- With a group of three, investigated and implemented various solutions to address the problem of decreased interactivity of spreadsheets due to computationally heavy formulae
M. Bendre, T. Wattanawaroon, K. Mack, A. Parameswaran. Anti-Freeze for Large and Complex Spreadsheets: Asynchronous Formula Computation. SIGMOD Int'l Conf. on Management of Data, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. June 2019.
M. Bendre, T. Wattanawaroon, S. Rahman, K. Mack, Y. Liu, S. Zhu, Y. Lu, P. Yang, X. Zhou, K. Chang, K. Karahalios, A. Parameswaran. Faster, Higher, Stronger: Redesigning Spreadsheets for Scale (Demo). 35th Int'l Conf. on Data Engineering (ICDE), Macau. April 2019.
- K. Mack, J. Lee, K. Chang, K. Karahalios, A. Parameswaran, Characterizing Scalability Issues in Spreadsheet Software using Online Forums (Case Study). CHI ‘18: International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montreal, Canada, 2018.
- Snap Inc. Research Intern- Fall 2018
- Microsoft Software Engineering Intern- Summer 2018
- Facebook Software Engineering Intern- Summer 2017
- kCura (n.k.a. Relativity) Software Engineering Intern- Summer 2015
- Girls Who Code Facilitator
- UIUC Undergraduate Course Assistant: Computer Architecture (CS233), Databases (CS411), Data Science Discovery (CS107), Data Structures (CS225), Discrete Structures (CS173)
- ARCS Foundation Scholar (2019-2021)
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient (2019)
- UIUC Bronze Tablet (2019)- top 3% of class
- Boeing Women in Engineering Scholarship (2018)
- NVIDIA John Nickolls Memorial Scholarship (2018)
- Snap Inc. Research Scholar (2018)
- CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award Honorable Mention (2018)
- UIUC Chancellor’s Scholar (2014-2019)- highest honors program campus-wide
- UIUC James Scholar (2014-2018)
For fun, I like to take pictures of the places I visit and embroidering for my family and friends. I also enjoy playing the violin; I have been in a campus orchestra all four years at UIUC. Some of my favorite pieces include Shostakovich's Waltz No. 2, Barber's Adagio for Strings, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Though, my absolute favorite work will always be Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.