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Amy Csizmar Dalal

Amy Csizmar Dalal


I am currently serving a 3-year term as STEM Director, working with the STEM Board to develop vision and priorities for STEM at Carleton, and to coordinate efforts to achieve these priorities.

My research focuses on ways to make computer networks more usable and more user-friendly. Currently, I'm interested in self-healing networks for the home: specifically, how do we design networks that can detect network performance issues and mitigate them before they occur? How do we design tools that allow users to specify preferences and priorities in terms that they understand, and provide feedback in ways that they understand?

I am passionate about broadening participation in computing. I currently direct the Summer Science Fellows program at Carleton, and am active in the NCWIT Academic Alliance.

I am also passionate about integrating meaningful and ethical civic engagement experiences into the Computer Science curriculum, and in working with community and campus partners to incorporate technical solutions that serve their needs and enable them to do their work more efficiently and effectively.

Education & Professional History

University of Notre Dame, BS, Electrical Engineering

Northwestern University, MS, PhD, Electrical Engineering.

Post-doctoral researcher, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA. 2000-2003.

At Carleton since 2003.

Highlights & Recent Activity

(bold = undergraduate coauthors)

A. Csizmar Dalal, J. Chan, K. Mitchell. "A Preliminary Study of the Role of Language in Home Network Troubleshooting''. In: Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Extended Abstracts (CHI), May 2019. (Extended abstract)

J. Davis, J. Albrecht, C. Alvarado, T. Chen, A. Csizmar Dalal, S. Lee. "Computer science faculty careers at liberal arts colleges." In XRDS 21(3), March 2015, pp 13-15.

A. Csizmar Dalal. "A Framework for Self-Healing Home Networks." In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security, and Robustnesss (Qshine), Rhodes, Greece, August 2014. (Short paper)

S. Hambrusch, R. Libeskind-Hadas, F. Zhao, D. Rabson, A. Csizmar Dalal, E. Fox, C. Isbell, V. Taylor. "Exploring the Baccalaureate Origin of Domestic Ph.D. Students in Computing Fields". In Computer Research News 25(1), Computing Research Association, January 2013.

A. Csizmar Dalal. "Systems Considerations in Real Time Video QoE Assessment". In Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Quality of Experience for Multimedia Communications (QoEMC), Anaheim, CA, December 2012.

A. Csizmar Dalal, Andy Bouchard, Sara Cantor, Yiran Guo, Anya Johnson. "Assessing QoE of On-Demand TCP Video Streams in Real Time." In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2012), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 2012.

A. Csizmar Dalal. "User-perceived Quality Assessment of Streaming Media Using Reduced Feature Sets". In ACM Transactions on Internet Technology 11(2), December 2011.

H. French, J. Lin, T. Phan, A. Csizmar Dalal. "Real Time Video QoE Analysis of RTMP Streams." (Poster). In Proceedings of the 30th IEEE International Performance Computing and Communications Conference (IPCCC), Orlando, FL, November 2011.

A. Csizmar Dalal. "Revisiting a QoE Assessment Architecture Six Years Later: Lessons Learned and Remaining Challenges". (Invited paper) In Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Advanced Architectures and Algorithms for Internet Delivery and Applications (AAA-IDEA), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, November 2009.

A. Csizmar Dalal, E. Kawaler, S. Tucker. "Towards Real-Time Stream Quality Prediction: Predicting Video Stream Quality from Partial Stream Information". In Proceedings of The Sixth International ICST Conference on Heterogeneous Networking for Quality, Reliability, Security and Robustness (QShine), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, November 2009.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

  • NCWIT Academic Alliance 
  • ACM 
    • SIGCHI (special interest group on human-computer interaction)
    • SIGCSE (special interest group on computer science education)
  • Girl Scouts USA

Courses Taught This Year

  • CS 257: Software Design (Spring 2020)
  • IDSC 289: Science Fellows Research Colloquium (Spring 2020)
  • CS 331: Computer Networks (Fall 2020)
  • CS 399: Senior Seminar (Fall 2020)
  • CS 400: Integrative Exercise (Winter 2021)
  • CS 257: Software Design (Spring 2021)
Profile updated December 27, 2019

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