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CECS Senior Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

May 17, 2018

 This summer, senior Adam Vest will complete his undergraduate studies with a bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) before relocating to Vancouver, Canada to attend Simon Fraser University. Vest is among the select and distinguished students awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which he was granted to continue his research pursuits in the field of computer vision. It’s through that research that he hopes to develop a more effective methods for translating raw data, in this case building scans pulled from sensors, to create 3D plans to help model new structures.

Throughout his childhood, Vest liked to explore his environment both through his inquisitive nature and his predilection to survey the land around him. Developing an affinity for math and puzzles, Vest was drawn to STEM in middle school, which he further refined as a high school student in the DuPont Manual Magnet Program.

“I was just kind of the kid that liked everything. One of the interests that I had growing up was a little more abstract," he said. " I started reading more about knowledge, the study of knowledge, epistemology. I really enjoyed thinking about those types of problems.”

For Vest, the fulcrum of his epistemological studies, math, and his appreciation of puzzles and problem solving rested firmly in CECS, which married each of his strengths into one cohesive whole. Once at Speed School, Vest joined both the Association of Computer Machinery and Tau Beta Pi, balancing his time between his extracurricular interests and his academic pursuits, including a minor in Political Science. It was through these experiences and his prior studies that led to his research into artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“A lot of the questions asked in that field are the same as in epistemology. One of the things that came to my mind when I first started that was an old quote, you never truly can understand something until you can create it," said Vest. "It was a different way for me to view these questions, and to face some of the biggest challenges that face us in the coming century.”

A lifelong Louisvillian, Vest is making the move this Fall to Vancouver, embracing his newest challenge as a welcome opportunity. His most recent co-op rotation took him to Houston to intern for NASA, which provided a chance to learn what is possible when ideas are allowed to flourish. Vest hopes to continue beyond the completion of his Fulbright, to build a better tomorrow through his research.

“For right now, I want to go to graduate school and hopefully get my PhD in autonomous decision making in robots or something along the lines of vision or natural language representation and processing," Vest said. "I plan to stay in that subfield of Artificial Intelligence.”

Computer Engineering Computer Science Capstone Recap

April 27, 2018

Held in the evening of April 26th, the Computer Engineering Computer Science Capstone served as a platform to allow emerging and soon to graduate developers an opportunity to publicly discuss their capstone projects. While there was some obvious anxiety in speaking in front of people, each presentation saw the students, listed below as developers discussing the constituent efforts that comprised their project, a glimpse into not only how their product would work, but in the interworking of the group dynamic.

While not every project yielded the intended result, each presenter was eager to build on their findings. Each project was treated as if it were a step in an overall process, rather than a finite opportunity, undercutting the urgency of the capstone project by placing the emphasis on process, not product, and team building.

Teamwork

Hunter Bohannon worked as part of a team of developers on the Traffic Crash Data Visualization project. The project was an attempt to find the impact of autonomous cars on the total number of traffic related deaths and how that affects the organ donor market. Using a program named Power BI, Bohannon and his team were able to visualize the data to show the relationship between traffic deaths, self-driving vehicles, and available organ donation.

He says, “It’s a really good link between the business and engineering world. Having those together, it helped me get the job that I have now.”

Beyond that, Bohannon felt that the modular relationship of his team, each who specialized in one or another aspect of the project, benefited everyone involved. It was that teamwork that Bohannon hopes to take with him into the workforce.

“Working on a team and becoming a leader, when we were working, we all had to work together at some point, we all had to be a leader at some point, we all had to teach each other something," explains Bohannon. "It really taught you the business aspect, the leadership aspect and it even tied it all in with the engineering."

Professional Development

While every project attempted to solve a real world problem, some were less sensitive than others. Senior Bryan Evans worked on the”What’s Teddy’s Name?” app, which is an android application that stores a collection of toy animals in a database. The application is able to use the camera to identify the toy, which is hosted on the AWS mobile hub, using Amazon Dynamo DB to keep track of adding and removing things.

Built for families to track who gave a present and when, and to maintain some general idea of where things are, the project allowed Evans and his team to create and manage a database that utilizes smart technology. Evans believes that regardless of the use of his research for his project, that the experience is what matters.

“Capstone in general is a very good chance for students to get access to a lot of projects that are real life," says Evans. "My project specifically focused a lot on what I want to do as a profession, so I thought it was a good preemptor to add to a resume and list in a portfolio.”

You can read the full list of projects including the developers and clients below:

 

Project TitleClientDevelopers
What’s Teddy’s Name?Dr. James Lewis
  • Spencer Goff
  • John Le
  • Geordie Ayers
  • Dane Copple
  • Bryan Evans

Traffic Crash Data Visualization

Dr. Monica Gentilli
  • Hunter Bohannon
  • Akhil Warier
  • Kishan Patel
  • Daniel Graham
  • Robel Daniel

AuctionIT 

Dr. James Lewis
  • Alex Helm
  • Daniel Karem
  • Ellie McLaren
  • Ewen Cameron
  • Tyler Schreiver

Drone Swarm

Dr. Adrian Lauf
  • Alex Hinkle
  • Brandon Sparrow
  • Kennedy Bowman
  • Dennis Sturgill
  • Shyam Patel
  • Pinhao Guo
  • Nick Pond
  • Nick Zinner
The Cryptocurrency Trading BotBrandon McMillan
  • Brad Hoffman
  • Davis French
  • Samual Chesak
  • Jared Gillespie
High- throughput Sequencing Data SearchDr. Juw Won Park
  • Martin Heil
  • Grant Park
  • Samuel Furguson
  • Adam Eliasen
  • Alay Patel
IGeaOnline Diagnostics ServiceRob Toole
  • Bill Walden
  • Jon Centers
  • Logan Payton
  • Luis Suarez
Jarvis MDDr. Brandon Wuerth
  • Zack Higdon
  • Oleg Poyan
  • Thomas Scott
  • Jonathon Stout

Alumni DB

Dr. Adel Elmaghraby
  • Jacob Santana
  • Steven Cloud
  • Zachary Shumate
  • Glen Amante