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Gregory T. Marchese (Gregory ™)

I'm currently pursuing a master's degree in computer science and engineering at the University of California San Diego, and am advised by Scott Klemmer. Our current research aims to strengthen peer learning in online and onland education. I'm also currently the Vice President of UCSD's Graduate Women in Computing, aiming to strengthen diversity in computing.

This past summer, as a human-computer interaction intern at Microsoft Research Asia, I worked with Darren Edge to design and develop presentation tools that scaffold presentation authoring to prioritize content creation.

During the previous two years, as a research assistant in the Design Lab, I assisted with the design, development, and implementation of two online-learning platforms: Talkabout and PeerStudio. I was advised by Scott Klemmer, Michael Bernstein, and Chinmay Kulkarni.

I graduated Cum Laude in 2014 from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Cognitive Science, with focuses in neuroscience and human-computer interaction. I worked with Douglas Nitz to investigate the basal forebrain's role in motor skill learning, which I synthesized in my senior honors thesis.

Find me running || rock climbing || painting && drinking coffee;


Research Experience

Human-computer interaction intern
Microsoft Research Asia, Beijing China | June 2015 - September 2015

  • Designed and develop presentation tools that scaffold presentation authoring to prioritize content creation
  • Heuristic Design of a Hybrid Presentation Medium. Edge, D., Yang, X., Kotturi, Y., Wang, S., Feng, D., Lee, B., Drucker, S. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (2016).

Research Assistant
The Design Lab UC San Diego, La Jolla California | March 2014 - May 2015

Research Assistant
Systems Neuroscience Lab UC San Diego, La Jolla California | June 2013 - June 2014

  • Studied the basal forebrain’s role in procedural learning in rats; data collection and analysis of single-cell recordings
  • Completed a senior honors thesis (2013-2014) using MATLAB, NeuroExplorer, OfflineSorter, and Cineplex Editor;
  • Basal forebrain dynamics provide a teaching signal for motor skill learning. Nitz D., Kotturi Y., Gupta A., Chiba A. Society for Neuroscience 2014

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant
CSE 170: Human-Computer Interaction Design | January 2016 - March 2016

  • Lead two 70 minute discussion sessions with 20 students where I offer studio critique and help students develop their web applications.

Teaching Assistant
DSGN 1: The Design of Everyday Things | September 2015 - December 2015

  • First ever Design class offered by the Design Lab at UC San Diego, taught by Don Norman and Jim Hollan.
  • I assisted with the design of the course and led two hour discussion sessions with 50 students where I offered studio critique.


University of California, San Diego
2015 -

  • M.S., Computer Science and Engineering
  • Specialization in human-computer interaction
  • Advisor: Scott Klemmer

University of California, San Diego
2010 - 2014

  • B.S., Cognitive Science, Cum Laude
  • Focuses in human-computer interaction and neuroscience
  • Senior honors thesis advisor: Douglas Nitz


Here are a couple of projects from the undergraduate courses at UCSD
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    Senior Honors Thesis (2013-14)


    Cognitive Science Department, UC San Diego, La Jolla CA

    For my senior honors thesis, I researched the basal forebrain's role in procedural learning.

    View Society for Neuroscience publication here

    Listen to my defense
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    BikeTnT: Mobile web app (2014)



    "Imagine you've just arrived in a new city. You want to find the cute coffee shops, the local eateries, and other of the city's secret gems. You want to see the city through the locals perspective. But how? You don't know anyone. BikeTnT allows you to connect with locals and to see the city through there eyes. On top of that, BikeTnT supports ecotourism; locals design tours based on bike friendly paths so that you can get around with the environment or your pocketbook. What are you waiting for? Get on your bike and ride!"

    In my fourth year, my team and I created the app for one of the classes at UCSD on Human-Computer Interaction with Professor Scott Klemmer. I conducted heuristic evaluations, the low-fidelity prototyping, wireframing, AB testing, in addition to assisting with the development of the application.

    Visit (mobile optimized) Link
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    tritonPARK: Mobile web app (2014)


    tritonPARK - mobile web app

    My team and I collaborated with a design group on campus and together we found a need for better parking information at UCSD. Our solution, created in 5 weeks, is tritonPARK. tritonPARK aggregates parking availability data at UCSD collected over the past 3 years and uses an algorithm to predict what parking lots have a high probability of open spaces, which changes based on time of day. My role in this project was project manager and liaison between my group of engineers and the other design group.

    Visit tritonPARK
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    UC San Diego Dance Team Choreography (2013)


    UC San Diego Dance Team Choreography

    While a member of the team, I choreographed a half-time show routine for a spirit night and fundraiser, watch the dance here

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    A day, through Glass (2014)


    Square's Code Camp: Submission Video

    I submitted an application to Square's College Code Camp. Here is the video. Although I didn't end up being accepted, I had a great time creating the video with Google Glass. This video was meant to be a creative statement for the application, and my goal was to show a little bit about myself through a more personal lens, within the 45 second time constraint.

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    Roger's community garden (2014)


    Roger's community garden

    In my fourth year, I spent much time at my plot in this community garden on campus -- a very rewarding (and tasty) hobby. Don't let size fool you! That strawberry was delicious :)

“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.”

- John Muir


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