Amy Pavel

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I am a third-year computer science Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley where I'm advised by Björn Hartmann and Maneesh Agrawala. I also completed my undergraduate degree at Berkeley with a major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. My research is in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and supported by an NDSEG award.


Right now, I'm broadly interested in videos, tutorials and education, media editing, and design.

During my time as a graduate student, I've worked on tools to make it easier for users to search and browse within long videos in the domains of online lecture videos and movies. As an undergraduate I worked on a system for searching and browsing photoshop tutorials, and tools for helping crowdworkers provide useful design critiques.


SceneSkim: Searching and Browsing Movies Using Synchronized Captions, Scripts and Plot Summaries
Amy Pavel, Dan B Goldman, Björn Hartmann, Maneesh Agrawala
ACM 28th Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2015).
Structuring, Aggregating, and Evaluating Crowdsourced Design Critique
Kurt Luther, Jari-lee Tolentino, Wei Wu, Amy Pavel, Maneesh Agrawala, Brian Bailey, Björn Hartmann, Steven Dow
The 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2015).
Video Digests: A Browsable, Skimmable Format for Informational Lecture Videos
Amy Pavel, Colorado Reed, Björn Hartmann, Maneesh Agrawala
ACM 27th Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2014).

Demo | Code for interface

Browsing and Analyzing the Command-Level Structure of Large Collections of Image Manipulation Tutorials
Amy Pavel, Floraine Berthouzoz, Björn Hartmann, Maneesh Agrawala
Berkeley EECS Technical Report and Poster Presentation (TR 2013, TECHCON 2013).


When I'm not working, I enjoy bouldering, hiking, snowboarding, trying new coffee shops and listening to podcasts. I also like to travel.


Graduate student researcher — UC Berkeley

Spring 2015, 2014. Fall 2015, 2014, 2013.

Undergraduate research assistant — UC Berkeley

Spring 2013, 2012. Summer 2011, 2012. Fall 2012, 2011.

Research intern — Adobe Research, Seattle

Summer 2015, 2014.


I've taken several classes as part of the requirements for the Ph.D. program at Berkeley.

  • Current: CS 294-115 — Human Robot Interaction (Dragan)
  • CS 280 — Computer Vision (Malik)
  • CS 262a — Advanced Topics in Computer Systems (Kubiatowicz)
  • CS 270 — Combinatorial Algorithms and Data Structures (Rao)
  • CS 294-10 — Visualization (Agrawala)
  • CS 294-84 — Interactive Device Design (Hartmann)