Emily M. Hand Curriculum Vitae


2018 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park. 

2015 Master of Science, University of Maryland, College Park.

2013 Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.

2013 Bachelor of Science, University of Nevada, Reno, Applied Mathematics.

Ph.D. Thesis

Title: Learning Explainable Facial Features from Noisy Unconstrained Visual Data

Supervisor: Professor Rama Chellappa

Description: This thesis explores what is needed to build robust models for human describable features of faces.



July 2018 – Present

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno.

May 2017 – March 2018

Research Intern, Diffbot Inc., Mountain View, CA.
Use semantic segmentation to localize facial attributes for accurate face descriptions and improved face detections.

2013 – May 2018

Research Intern, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC.
Developed a method for neural networks, regularizing the network, and facilitating training of deeper networks.

Summer 2014

Research Intern, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.
Incorporated stereo data into Random Forest classification of geologic types.

Summer 2012, 2013

Research Intern, NASA AMES, Moffett Field, CA.
Developed a structure from motion framework compatible with other localization techniques for use on low-resolution rover and high-resolution planetary images with the Advanced Navigation subgroup of the Intelligent Robotics Group.

Nov. 2010 – Dec. 2012

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of Nevada, Reno, NV.
Improved performance of template tracking system using Random Projections in place of Principal Component Analysis for dimensionality reduction.

Summer 2011

NSF REU Participant, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Developed a template-based tracking framework for use in a larger human tracking system.


Fall 2020

Instructor, Intro to Machine Learning, University of Nevada, Reno.
Instructor, Representation Learning, University of Nevada, Reno.

Fall 2019

Instructor, Intro to Machine Learning, University of Nevada, Reno.
Instructor, Computational Linguistics, University of Nevada, Reno.

Fall 2018

Instructor, Intro to Machine Learning, University of Nevada, Reno.

Fall 2017

Co-Instructor, Machine Learning, University of Maryland.
Gave lectures, created and graded homework, programming projects, and exams, and held office hours for undergraduate Machine Learning class.

August 2013 – May 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Artificial Intelligence, University of Maryland. Created and graded homework, quizzes, programming projects, and exams for undergraduate Artificial Intelligence class.

Fall 2012

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Analysis of Algorithms, University of Nevada. Graded homework and programming projects, and held office hours for undergraduate Algorithms class.


Feb. 2020

Speaker, TEDx University of Nevada.

Nov. 2019

Speaker, US State Department Speaker Series, Toronto & Montreal, CA.

Feb. 2019 – Present

Facilitator (Instructor), Girls Who Code (Reno, NV).

July 2018 – Present

Faculty Advisor, UNR Women into Computer Science and Engineering (WiCSE).

August 2017 – May 2018

Chair, UMD Computer Science Graduate Organization.

Feb. 2017 – May 2018

Facilitator (Instructor), Girls Who Code (Silver Spring, MD).

2016 – May 2018

Student Member, AAAI.

2014 – May 2018

Student Member, ACM.

2014 – May 2018

Student Member, IEEE.

2013 – May 2018

Student Member, SIAM.

Jan. 2011 – May 2013

UNR Student Member, ACM.

Nov. 2010 – May 2013

UNR Student Member and Chair, Women into Computer Science and Engi- neering (WiCSE).

Selected Sponsored Research

08/2019 – 07/2022

RI: SMALL: Towards Human-Level Face Verification Performance using Facial Caricatures, National Science Foundation (NSF), PI, $419,979.

12/2018 – 06/2019

Computer Vision Synthetic Image Generation Harness for Training and Testing (CV-SIGHTT) Phase I, Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), Next Century Corporation SBIR, $44,988.



ASEE Safe Zone Training, I & II.
CITI Training for Human Subjects Research.


UNR Teaching with Technology Program.
Association of College and University Educators (ACUE), Certificate in Effective Instruction.

Awards and Honors


University of Nevada, Reno Senior Scholar Mentor for Derek Stratton 2019 University of Nevada, Reno CSE Senior Scholar Mentor for Jeremy Speth


University of Maryland Future Faculty Fellow 2013-2015 University of Maryland Dean’s Fellowship


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention



"Attributes for Improved Attributes: A Multi-Task Network for Attribute Recognition" abstract accepted into the University of Maryland Graduate Research Appreciation Day.


"Higher-Order Contract Counterexamples" abstract accepted into the ACM Student Research Competition of the International Conference on Functional Programming.

Conference Publications


Harpreet Singh, Emily M. Hand, Kostas Alexis, "Anomalous Motion Detection on High- way using Deep Learning", International Conference on Image Processing, 2020.

Dustin K. Barnes, Sara R. Davis, Emily M. Hand, Sushil J. Louis, "A First Step To- ward Incremental Evolution of Convolutional Neural Networks", Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference, 2020.

Russell Reinhart, Tung Dang, Emily M. Hand, Christos Papachristos, Kostas Alexis "Learning-Based Path Planning for Autonomous Exploration of Subterranean Environ- ments", International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2020.


Jeremy Speth, Emily M. Hand, "Automated Label Noise Identification for Facial Attribute Recognition," Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, 2019.


Emily M. Hand, Carlos Castillo, Rama Chellappa, "Predicting Facial Attributes in Video using Temporal Coherence and Motion-Attention," Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision, 2018.

Emily M. Hand, Carlos Castillo, Rama Chellappa. "Doing the Best We Can with What We Have: Multi-Label Balancing with Selective Learning for Attribute Prediction," in AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2018.


Emily M. Hand and Rama Chellappa. "Attributes for Improved Attributes: A Multi-Task Network Utilizing Implicit and Explicit Relationships for Facial Attribute Classification," in AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 2017.


Maya Kabkab, Emily M. Hand, Rama Chellappa, "On the Size of Convolutional Neu- ral Networks and Generalization Performance," in International Conference on Pattern Recognition, 2016.

Leslie N. Smith, Emily M. Hand, Timothy Doster, "Gradual DropIn of Layers to Train Very Deep Neural Networks," in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2016.


A.V. Nefian, X. Bouyssounouse, L. Edwards, T. Kim, E. M. Hand, J. Rhizor, M. Deans, G. Bebis, T. Fong, "Planetary Rover Localization within Orbital Maps," in the International Conference on Image Processing, 2014

Emily M. Hand, Darsana Josyula, Matthew Paisner, Elizabeth McNany, Michael T. Cox and Don Perlis, "TwoApproaches to Implementing Metacognition," in The Sixth Inter- national Conference on Advanced Cognitive Technologies and Applications, COGNITIVE 2014.


Don Perlis, Mike Cox, Michael Maynord, Elizabeth McNany, Matthew Paisner, Vika Shivashankar, Emily M. Hand, Jared Shamwell, Tim Oates, Tongchun Du, Darsana Josyula and Manual Caro, "A Broad Vision for Intelligent Behavior: Perceptual Real- World Cognitive Agents," in Advances in Cognitive Systems, Workshop on Metacognition and Artificial Situated Agents 2013.


Guang Shu, Afshin Dehghan, Omar Oreifej, Emily M. Hand, Mubarak Shah, "Part- based Multiple-Person Tracking with Partial Occlusion Handling," in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2012.

Book Chapters


Pouya Samangouei, Emily M. Hand, Vishal M. Patel, Rama Chellappa (2017). "Active Authentication Using Facial Attributes," in Guodong Guo and Harry Wechsler (Eds.) Mobile Biometrics (pp. 131-153), London, UK, The Institution of Engineering and Technology.



Pouya Samangouei, Vishal M. Patel, Rama Chellappa, Emily M. Hand, University of Maryland, College Park, 2017. Attribute-Based Continuous User Authentication on Mobile Devices. U.S. Patent Application 15/215,576.