Undergraduate Research: Making the Most of a Summer Experience

Overview: This panel focuses on disseminating information about participating in REUs (Research Experiences for Undergraduates). Discussion will center on the realities, logistics and benefits of REUs. A diverse set of professors that host REU students will answer scripted as well as adhoc questions from the audience. The goal is to motivate more students to apply for REUs either through the DREU program or REU sites.

REU resources


  • 2014 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Panel Members
    (Thursday, February 6, 2014 — 2:00PM - 3:30PM)
  • 2015 SouthEastern Women in Computing Panel Members
    (November 15, 2015 Sunday — 10:50am - 11:30am)

2015 SouthEastern Women in Computing
(November 15, 2015 Sunday — 10:50am - 11:30am)
== Panelists ==

Panelists information
* Ayanna Howard - Georgia Tech University
: http://humanslab.ece.gatech.edu

* Elva Jones - Winston Salem State University
: http://

* Eakta Jain - University of Florida
: http://jainlab.cise.ufl.edu

: Eakta Jain is an Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She received her PhD and MS degrees in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, and her B.Tech. degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. She has worked in industrial research at Texas Instruments R&D labs, Disney Research Pittsburgh, and the Walt Disney Animation Studios. Eakta's research interests are in building human-centered algorithms for character animation, and video understanding. Her work has been presented at venues such as ACM SIGGRAPH, and has won multiple awards. Her lab webpage can be found at: jainlab.cise.ufl.edu

* Cheryl Seals - Auburn University
: http://www.eng.auburn.edu/~sealscd/

Other research site links
* Lisa Anthony - University of Florida
: http://lisa-anthony.com

* Tiffany Barnes
: http://eliza.csc.ncsu.edu

2014 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
(Thursday, February 6, 2014 — 2:00PM - 3:30PM)

== Moderator ==
* Monica Anderson, Associate Professor, Computer Science, The University of Alabama
: http://ua-robotics.net

== Panelists ==
* Raheem A. Beyah, Asscoiate Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
: http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~rbeyah/

: Bio: Raheem Beyah, a native of Atlanta, Ga., is an Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Techwhere he leads the Communications Assurance and Performance Group (CAP) and is a member of the Communications Systems Center (CSC). Prior to returning to Georgia Tech, Dr. Beyah was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, a research faculty member with the Georgia Tech CSC, and a consultant in Andersen Consulting's (now Accenture) Network Solutions Group. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in 1998. He received his Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Beyah served as a Guest Editor for MONET. He is an Associate Editor of several journals including the (Wiley) Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Journal. His research interests include network security, wireless networks, network traffic characterization and performance, and security visualization. He received the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2009 and was selected for DARPA's Computer Science Study Panel in 2010. He is a member of ASEE, a lifetime member of NSBE, and a senior member of ACM and IEEE.

* M Brian Blake, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, University of Miami
: http://www.cs.miami.edu/~blake/
:Bio: M. Brian Blake is Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Miami. Dr. Blake has his primary faculty appointment in Computer Science with concurrent appointments in Electrical Engineering and Human Genetics. He has published over 150 papers in the areas of internet computing and software engineering. He is currently the Associate Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Internet Computing and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Service Computing. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist and Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Blake received the BEE from Georgia Tech, MSEE from Mercer University, and PhD in Information and Software Engineering from George Mason University.

* Shaundra Daily, Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Clemson University
: http://www.shaundradaily.com/
: Bio: Dr. Daily is an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at Clemson University. She received her doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where her doctoral work with the Affective Computing Group involved designing and implementing technology-infused collaborative learning environments that provide youth an authentic opportunity to learn about themselves, others, and to gain insight into interpersonal dynamics. Upon arrival at the MIT Media Lab in 2003, Shaundra combined the ideas of constructionist learning and affective computing to create a new system to address the emotional needs of teenaged girls. She designed and implemented an innovative new technology that brought together state-of-the art common-sense machine learning with theories of human learning and constructionism. While building this system, she collaborated with the Future of Learning Group on “The City that We Want” project in which learners build computational models for how they would like to improve their communities. Shaundra also collaborated on RoBallet, which bridged dance and robotics, and created the INNER-active Journal, a digital journal collecting physiological data for future reflection.

: Prior to Shaundra’s work at MIT, she received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - Florida State University College of Engineering. There, she worked on developing algorithms in Matlab for predicting the possibility of student success in entry-level electrical engineering courses. She also designed curriculum for and facilitated TechnicalOutReach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.), a program of the National Society of Black Engineers geared toward closing the digital divide. Dr. Daily has been profiled in the American Association for Advancement in Science website profiling African American Scientists; Engineer Your Life, geared towards encouraging young women to pursue engineering careers; and WGBH’s Science City. She is a 2013 Emerging Scholar, and was recognized as a BDPA Most Promising Technologist.

* Tyrone Grandison, CEO of Proficiency Labs International
: http://www.tyronegrandison.org/
: Bio: Dr. Tyrone W A Grandison is the CEO of Proficiency Labs International, which specializes in supporting organizations design, build and evaluate privacy and security solutions for their systems. He is also the CTO of EqualityTV, leading the platform and technical strategy of this emerging platform, a co-founder of Hipaantrepeneurs, a service to help healthcare professionals with compliance with healthcare law, co-founder of woyhd.org, a service to help consumers to determine the privacy awareness of mobile healthcare apps, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica.

: Dr. Grandison is an IBM Master Inventor, a Distinguished Engineer of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Fellow of the British Computer Society (BCS), has been recognized by the National Society of Black Engineers (as Pioneer of the Year in 2009), by the Black Engineer of the Year Award Board (as Modern Day Technology Leader in 2009, and Minority in Science Trailblazer in 2010, Science Spectrum Trailblazer in 2012 and 2013) and has received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award in 2010 for "pioneering contributions to Secure and Private Data Management". He has authored over 90 technical papers, co-invented over 30 patents and written several books, including "Practical Privacy Protection Online for Free".

* Stephen Guy, Assistant professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
: http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~sjguy/
: Bio: Stephen J. Guy is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the areas of interactive computer graphics (real-time crowd simulation, path planning, intelligent virtual characters) and multi-robot coordination (collision avoidance, sensor fusion, path planning under uncertainty). Stephen’s work on motion planning has been licensed for use by Relic Entertainment, EA, and other game companies; his work in crowd simulation has been recognized by best paper awards at international conferences. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

* Raquel Hill, Associate Professor, Computer Science, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University
: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/~ralhill/
: Bio: Dr Hill's primary research interests are in the areas of trust and security for distributed computing environments and privacy of medical related data. My research is funded by the Center for Applied CyberSecurity Research (CACR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

* Sekou Remy, Assistant Professor, School of Computing, Clemson University
: http://people.clemson.edu/~sremy/
: Leading the Usable Interactive Systems Group, he removes barriers to the use of robots and other intelligent systems in our homes, classrooms, and workspaces.
: With a twin focus on systems that learn from examples and on systems that leverage standards to implement core capabilities, his work actively captures how obstacles can be removed and opportunities provided for more effective interaction.

== Moderator ==
* Monica Anderson, Associate Professor, Computer Science, The University of Alabama
: http://ua-robotics.net
: Bio: Monica Anderson is an associate professor in the computer science department at The University of Alabama. Her research focuses on distributed autonomous systems that enable search, rescue and reconnaissance applications in unknown, complex environments. She is also dedicated to making both robotics and computer science accessible to everyone through novel programming interfaces. She is the creator of PREOP, a program which allows computer science novices to program robots graphically using an intuitive object-based interface.

: Dr. Monica Anderson graduated with honors from Chicago State University in 1990 with her BS in Computer Science and from the University of Minnesota in 2007. In 2008, she received the 2008 UPE Excellence in Instruction award. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, she co-chaired the IJCAI/AAAI Robotics Workshop and Exhibition. She has authored 45 publications and has garnered grants in excess of $1.5 million dollars. She is an active member of IEEE and ACM and is an executive member of the ARTSI Alliance, a national consortium of researchers that use robotics to increase the number of African Americans in Computer Science. Between earning her BS and PhD, Dr. Anderson worked as a software engineer. Her career included working on point-of-sale and stores systems for Target, and designing banking web-based applications for Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) and Internet-based travel assistance applications for Northwest Airlines (now Delta Airlines).