CISL Outreach Connects with Minority Serving Computer Science Departments at ADMI 2015

By Richard Loft
04/08/2015 - 12:00am

For the third year in a row, CISL has participated in the Association of Computer/Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI) Symposium on Computing at Minority Institutions. This year the Symposium was held on the campus of Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia on March 19-21, 2015. ADMI was founded in August 1989, with the mission of exploring and providing remedies to the educational issues in computer/information science and computer engineering that confront minority institutions of higher education.

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Jazette Johnson of Spelman College poses proudly with her poster entitled “BEDXPLORER: Development of a Gyroscope Controlled Vehicle to Decrease Anxiety and Fears of Bedridden and Hospitalized Children.” The project won first place in ADMI’s undergraduate student poster competition. Innovative project shows work can be done in robotics with inexpensive technology, in this case an Arduino microprocessor and a phone.

The 2015 ADMI Symposium highlighted undergraduate and graduate research with particular emphasis on innovations in the computing field. An important facet of the Symposium is the opportunity to explore collaborations between major research institutions, industry, and minority institutions. Faculty and students present research papers, discuss poster presentations, and explore graduate school options.

Rich Loft, this year’s CISL representative at the Symposium, engaged dozens of student and faculty attendees on behalf of the NCAR-UCAR-Wyoming supercomputing partnership by distributing information about NCAR/UCAR/University of Wyoming internships, graduate research, and educational and career opportunities. Rich gave a keynote speech on “Using low cost clusters to teach high-performance computing,” and also judged ADMI’s student poster competition.

Several of the student projects in the poster competition had a geosciences or low-cost computing connection. For instance, one student poster dealt with the issues surrounding the origins and adaptation efforts related to flood risk in the Mississippi Delta region, another with remote sensing of ice shelves in the Antarctic, and a third was a robotics project designed to help hospitalized children.

“We’re really starting to see traction with both the ADMI Computer Science departments and the students regarding CISL’s education and outreach agenda in computational science,” said Loft. “Frankly, it’s fun to talk to students about their projects and offer them encouragement in their studies and to pursue careers in research. Some of the stuff they’re doing is pretty amazing.”

ADMI 2015 Third Place Poster: Students Owens and Scott
ADMI 2015
Omar Owens and Anthony Scott, students at Winston-Salem State University, presented their ADMI poster on “Satellite Imagery along the George VI Ice Shelf, Antarctica.” Processing satellite imagery, the students achieved a third-place result by using forty years of satellite imagery to evaluate the changes in the ice shelf. Although they achieved a null result regarding hypothesized effects on this particular ice sheet from climate change, the students gained valuable experience in big data analysis under the auspices of the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), led by Professor Linda Hayden of Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. 
ADMI 2015 Second Place Poster: Student Dixon
ADMI 2015
Ricky Dixon, a student at Mississippi Valley State University, is shown here with his second place undergraduate poster entitled: “The Impacts of Seasonal Flooding on the Mississippi Delta and Future Adaptation Management Planning.” The poster not only studied the origins of Delta flooding and adaptation efforts by the Army Corps of Engineers, but also added a personal touch by referencing the personal flood experiences of Ricky's grandfather, a long time Delta resident.