Vijay Marupudi

PhD student in Human Centered Computing @ Georgia Institute of Technology
vijaymarupudi [at] gatech [dot] edu | GPG Public key (3E3306)
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Hello! I'm a graduate student advised by Professor Sashank Varma at Georgiatech. I plan to investigate / am investigating the various processes involved in learning, computational and formal models of concept acquisition, the impact of fraction visualizations on magnitude perception, and the development of computational thinking skills.

I'm passionate about open science, open source software, and the use of programming and the internet to aid psychology and learning sciences research. I have been involved in designing various online experiments. Feel free to reach out with any questions or potential collaborations!

In non-academic endeavors, I'm a avid music enthusiast and audiophile. My tastes range from alternative rock to black metal, and from easy-going house to experimental noise music. Feel free to checkout my primary library here. I will try to update it whenever I can. I always appreciate song and artist recommendations!

Every human is guilty of the good they do not do. Voltaire with minor edits.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (2020-): Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgiatech)
Human Centered Computing
Advisor: Sashank Varma

Doctor of Philosophy (2019-2020): University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Educational Psychology, Learning and Cognition Track
Advisor: Sashank Varma

Bachelors of Science (2019): University of Wisconsin-Madison
Psychology & Neuroscience
BIOCORE Honors Program
Advisors: Martha Alibali, C. Shawn Green, & Craig Berridge

Awards

College of Education and Human Development Fellowship
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2019

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Scholar Award
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2019

Wolfram Award
Madhacks 2018, MLH Hackathon @ University of Wisconsin-Madison
2018

Dean's List
University of Wisconsin-Madison
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Journal articles

  1. Obersteiner, A., Alibali, M. W., & Marupudi, V. (2020). Complex fraction comparisons and the natural number bias: The role of benchmarks. Learning and Instruction, 67, 101307. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2020.101307

Conference proceedings

  1. Marupudi, V., Harsch, R., Rao, V. N. V., Park, J., Bye, J. K., & Varma, S. (2021, July). The role of clustering in the efficient solution of small Traveling Salesperson Problems. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Society Society. Vienna, Austria.
  2. Deliema, D., Bye, J. K., & Marupudi, V. (2021, April). Programming instructors and students' active (and partial) debugging: Deviation noticing, causal modeling, and intervening. Proceedings of the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Online.
  3. Obersteiner, A., Marupudi, V., & Alibali, M. W. (2019, July). Adults’ strategy use in complex fraction comparison. In Mellony Graven, Hamsa Venkat, Anthony A Essien, & Pamela Vale (Eds.), Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (p. 153). Pretoria, South Africa.
  4. Obersteiner, A., Marupudi, V., & Alibali, M. W. (2018, November). The effect of benchmarks on strategy use in fraction comparison problems. In Gómez, D. M. (Ed.), Proceedings of the First Regional Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (p. 162). Rancagua, Chile.
  5. Obersteiner, A., Marupudi, V., & Alibali, M. W. (2018, November). How benchmarks affect the natural number bias and strategy use in fraction comparison. In T. E. Hodges, G. J. Roy, & A. M. Tyminski (Eds.), Proceedings of the 40th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (p. 235). Greenville, South Carolina, USA.

Conference presentations

  1. Bye, J. K., Park, J., Marupudi, V., & Varma, S. (2020, July). Calibration information reduces bias during estimation of factorials: A (partial) replication and extension of Tversky and Kahneman. Poster presented at 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Society Society, Vienna, Austria.
  2. Deliema, D., Bye, J. K., & Marupudi, V. (2021, March). Programming instructors and students' active (and partial) debugging: Deviation noticing, causal modeling, and intervening. Talk presented at 2021 MNCodes Virtual K12 CSEd Summit, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
  3. Marupudi, V. & Varma, S. (2020, November). Intuitive understanding of geometric and topological concepts. Poster presented at 61st Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Canada.
  4. Deliema, D., Bye, J. K., & Marupudi, V. (2020, November). Programming instructors and students' active (and partial) debugging: Deviation noticing, causal modeling, and intervening. Talk presented at 2020 MNCodes Virtual K12 CSEd Summit, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
  5. Marupudi, V., Rao, V. N. V., Park, J., Harsch, R., Bye, J. K., & Varma, S. (2020, July). Clustering as a precursor to efficient and near-optimal solution of small instances of the Traveling Salesperson Problem (TSP). Poster presented at 42nd Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CSS), Toronto, Canada.
  6. Marupudi, V., Rao, V. N. V., Park, J., Harsch, R., Bye, J. K., & Varma, S. (2020, June). Clustering as a core mathematical ability for solving graph-theoretic problems such as the Traveling Salesperson Problem (TSP). Poster presented at 3rd Conference of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society (MCLS), Dublin, Ireland [Cancelled].
  7. Marupudi, V., Rao, V. N. V., Park, J., Harsch, R., Bye, J. K., & Varma, S. (2020, February). The reliability of human clustering. Poster presented at Graduate Student Research Day, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
  8. Marupudi, V., Alibali, M. W., & Obersteiner, A. (2019, October). Children's Evaluations of Fraction Magnitudes in Strip Diagrams: Strip Lengths and Visible Segments Matter. Poster presented at Cognitive Development Society (CDS), Louisville, Kansas, USA.
  9. Obersteiner, A., Alibali, M. W., & Marupudi, V. (2019, August). Natural number bias when comparing fraction magnitudes: The role of strategy use and problem features. Talk presented at 18th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI), Aachen, Germany.

Research experience

Research Assistant
Cognitive Architecture Lab, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
PI: Sashank Varma (sashank@umn.edu)
2019

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Cognitive Development and Communication Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
PI: Martha Alibali (mwalibali@wisc.edu)
2017 - 2019

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Learning and Transfer Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
PI: C. Shawn Green (csgreen2@wisc.edu)
2016 - 2019

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Neural Bases of Behavior Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
PI: Craig Berridge (berridge@wisc.edu)
2018 - 2019

Work experience

Web Developer
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Information Technology
2018 - 2019

Digital Coordinator
Center of Religion and Global Citizenry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2017 - 2019

Technical Writer
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Information Technology
2017 - 2018

Technology Chair
Associated Students of Madison, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2017 - 2018

Help Desk Agent
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Information Technology
2017

Secretary
Associated Students of Madison, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2016 - 2017