Meet the Coords

These are the people that run the UPL day-to-day. If you have any questions, reach out to upl(at)cs.wisc.edu

Ahmet Ahunbay

Junior · CS/DS

Ahmet Ahunbay

In this life you can milk or be milked

Anna Sun

Sophomore · Computer Science

Anna Sun

When you hit rock bottom, you have nowhere to go but up

Chris Gottwaldt

Junior · Computer Science & Data Science

Chris Gottwaldt

Hi

Emily Yao

Junior · CS/Math/Econ

Emily Yao

If it ain't broke, I'll fix it 'til it is.

Grace Steinmetz

Senior · Computer Science

Grace Steinmetz

Ishan Joshi

Sophomore · CS & Math

Ishan Joshi

Jiamu Chai

Sophomore · CS & Math

Jiamu Chai

Exploring one side of the cooked/cooking dichotomy.

Michael Noguera

Junior · Computer Science

Michael Noguera

Nico Salm

Junior · CS & DS

Nico Salm

Pranav Dronavalli

Junior · CS/Math

Pranav Dronavalli

I like insects, not bugs

Rahul Rao

Sophomore · Computer Science

Rahul Rao

Sam Baumohl

Junior · CS/Math

Sam Baumohl

Life is like Vim: there are many shortcuts and you should learn them.

Faculty Advisor

Our faculty advisor is Professor Bart Miller, who can be contacted at bart (at) cs.wisc.edu

Bart Miller

Faculty Advisor

Bart Miller

Barton Miller is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and the Amar and Belinder Sohi Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1977, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1980 and 1984. Professor Miller is a Fellow of the ACM.

UPL Code of Conduct

Definitions

  • Coordinators: UPL members who manage the lab space and its activities.
  • Visitors: All other individuals who use the public lab space.
  • Online Forum: The UPL’s online community where members and visitors interact.
  • Participants: All visitors, members, and coordinators of the UPL.

General Conduct

Inspired by The Hack Code of Conduct

By participating in UPL activities, all participants implicitly agree to this Code of Conduct, enforced by UPL Coordinators. Cooperation is expected to ensure a safe environment.

The Quick Version

The UPL is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or computing experience. Harassment in any form is not tolerated. Sexual language and imagery are inappropriate. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the coordinators and administrators.

The Long Version

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion.
  • Sexual images in public spaces.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following.
  • Photography or recording without consent.
  • Sustained disturbance.
  • Inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior must comply immediately.

If you are being harassed or notice someone else being harassed, contact a Coordinator immediately.

Coordinators and administrators may take any action deemed appropriate, including warnings or expulsion.

These rules apply at UPL-related events and in the online forum.

Account / Member Policies

The UPL was established for students to learn about computers. While exploration is supported, consider other users and the UPL’s security needs. Violations may lead to account locking or deletion.

  1. Do not break into other accounts or computers, crack passwords, or subvert security systems. Do not steal passwords, files, or information.
  2. Do not delete others’ files, disrupt accessibility, usability, or performance. Do not harass or threaten other users.
  3. Do not disrupt the accessibility, usability, or performance of UPL resources. Distasteful or offensive displays, printouts, or files will be removed.
  4. Pirating copyrighted material is prohibited. Contact a coordinator to arrange appropriate use of UPL resources if needed.
  5. Members may only be in the lab when a Coordinator is present. If the last Coordinator leaves, the room must be closed and vacated.

Other Prohibited Activities

  • Cryptocurrency mining
  • Rainbow table construction
  • Unauthorized distributed computing programs
  • Sleeping in the Lab
  • Breaking state or federal law
  • Violating University Policy

Additional Guidelines

  • Do not leave your belongings in the lab. We are not responsible for them.
  • Follow all university policies and rules. If in doubt, ask.

Accountability Process

When a violation is reported:

  • The on-site Coordinator addresses concerns with the member and records the response.
  • If unresolved, the issue is reviewed by a panel of 3+ Coordinators and the UPL Faculty Advisor. The member is notified in writing of the action taken. Possible responses include:
    • Restitution
    • Limiting access to specific times
    • Removal of access for a specified period
    • Expulsion
  • Members can appeal within 7 days of the decision. Appeals are based on the record and heard by the UPL Advisor.

Liability Disclaimer

UPL is not liable for any actions, behavior, or incidents on its premises, during events, or in the online forum. By participating, members agree to hold UPL, its staff, and its affiliates harmless from any claims or damages. UPL reserves the right to amend the Code of Conduct and policies at any time. Members must stay informed of changes.

Intellectual Property Liability Release

UPL is not responsible for the theft or misuse of intellectual property. Members should protect their intellectual property. By participating, members release UPL, its staff, and its affiliates from any claims or damages related to intellectual property theft or misuse.

Acknowledgment of Codes of Conduct

By participating in UPL activities, members acknowledge that they are familiar with and agree to adhere to the UW Madison Student Code of Conduct and the Wisconsin Administrative Code UWS.