Kean University technology students, part of the national research program
UNION, NJ – Kean University computer and technology students collaborated with professors at universities across the country on virtual research this summer as part of a mentoring program designed to break down barriers to graduate school.
Eight students and two faculty members from Kean's College of Computer Science and Technology were part of the Virtual Research Experiences program for undergraduates of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), funded by the National Science Foundation. Students were paired with participating professors from across the country based on their research interests.
Elizabeth sophomore Eric Landaverde worked with a San Francisco State University professor to create guidelines for effective online computer teaching.
"The work was not only significant in its real-world implications, but it was also useful to apply to my own learning processes," he said. "It is also quite interesting to see that what I have learned is applied in my courses at Kean, since they are completely online."
Kean Adjunct Professor Juan Jenny Li, Ph.D., conducted research on artificial intelligence (AI) with four students: from San Francisco State University, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, University of Puerto Rico, and Kean .
“Students have the opportunity to launch a research topic that can be extended to future doctorates. study with long-term impact, ”he said. "They also learn how to present their research ideas and contribute to the field."
Encouraging students to pursue graduate studies in computer science and technology is a key goal of the CAHSI program. Patricia Morreale, Ph.D., Executive Director of the School of Computer Science and Technology, is the Northern Region leader for CAHSI and conducted weekly workshops for teachers that were part of the one-year pilot project.
"We expect that many of the students will apply to graduate school as a result of their participation in this program and the knowledge they are gaining about graduate programs, the application process, and careers in research and higher education," Morreale said. "Exposure to faculty researchers in other parts of the US and being part of a large cohort of students helps our Kean students realize what they are capable of doing on a national platform."
A summer research project led by Kean Mira Franke professor, Ph.D., had two students, from California State University, Fresno and New Mexico State University, rewriting the code to allow a drone to fly from autonomously, making flights in real time – route decisions themselves rather than getting them from a human controller.
Junior Jonathan Nelson Rivera of Secaucus, who specializes in cybersecurity, worked with a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso to facilitate the use of negative intervals, or large-scale series of numbers to infinity, in data processing. .
"I used some of my old programming skills to create an application that helped us learn more about intervals," he said. “The research gave me the opportunity to learn a lot more about how to create an application and added something that I can personally include in my own portfolio.”
The students were paid for their summer research and each found it a valuable experience.
Joan John of Woodbridge, a third-year student studying computer science information systems, conducted research with a professor from Lyles College of Engineering at California State University, Fresno. The project explored the security and vulnerabilities of the Controller Area Network (CAN-Bus) system that allows automotive electronics to communicate.
"It was a challenge," he said. "I have learned many things, from looking for relevant research papers to skills such as time management, patience and communication, among others."
Third-year students Neil Tellez de Linden, a computer science student, and María Moreno de Elizabeth, an information technology student, worked with a professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills, investigating the classification of car damage using a series of algorithms called convolutional neurals. networks.
"This experience led me to have more confidence in my abilities to learn new areas of computer science," said Tellez.
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Students investigating autonomous Artificial Intelligence (AI) drones in the CAHSI Virtual Research Experiences for Undergraduates program used drone-captured video from the Kean University parking lot.
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