Advances of Machine Learning in Theory & Applications





Participant Students

Each year the AMALTHEA Program recruits and involves a group of about 10 undergraduate students. After a nation-wide recruiting campaign, the participant students are selected from among the applicants we receive through this very site. Then, they join us in Central Florida for 10 weeks in the summer (this period is referred to as the summer research experience ) and get involded into our research on the theory and applications of Machine Learning. The product of their research is available in our Showcase.




2015 Participants

The 2015 Program involved the following 10 undergraduate participants:

 
  • Kathryn Hollowood is from Burnt Hills, NY. She is currently a rising senior at Roberts Wesleyan College majoring in Physics with a minor in Mathematics. She is the president of her school's chapter of Society of Physics Students and a recent inductee into Sigma Pi Sigma. For the past two years she was awarded the Ogden Family Physics Scholarship from Roberts Wesleyan College. She also participates MUSE Creative Arts Ministry, an improv and drama group at her school as well as vocal lessons. She works for her college's admissions department as a student caller and will be the admissions intern next year. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and reading. For now, she plans on attending graduate school to earn a MS in either Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering. She hopes to continue on and earn a PhD in the future.

  • Elissa Shinseki is from Portland, Oregon. She is a senior at George Fox University pursuing bachelor's degrees in computer science and cognitive science. Her primary research interest is in natural language processing. At George Fox, Elissa serves as founding vice chair of her ACM-W chapter and vice president of her Sigma Zeta Honors Society chapter. Her potential post-graduation plans include graduate studies in computational linguistics. Outside of classes, Elissa enjoys working with kids at her local elementary school. Her favorite things include musical theatre, Portal 2, avocados, and time-travel fiction.

  • Joshua Nuez was born in Cebu City, Philippines but now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is currently a junior majoring Computer Science and Applied Physics at Whitworth University. He plans on transfering to Columbia University to pursue a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering. Moreover, he is interested in topics related to artificial intelligence, robotics, database management, and physics engines. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, reading, and playing video games. After college, he plans on pursuing a graduate degree in robotics.

  • Daniel Romero is from Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2015, he was a rising senior majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Daniel's academic interest revolve around Java programming, databases, data analytics, machine learning, and calculus. His goal is to obtain a PhD in computer science or mathematics and continually contribute to the scientific community through research. His hobbies include writing science-fiction, collecting analog synthesizers, and playing electronic music.

  • Michael Sokolich is from Aurora, Ohio and has lived his entire life there. At the start of his AMALTHEA, he is a Mathematics and Computer Science double major and is entering his senior year at the College of Wooster. His main interests are topology and machine learning. During the summer of 2014, Michael worked for the AMRE program at the College of Wooster developing software for Goodyear tires. In addition to academics, Michael is the captain of his college swim team and an ex-cross country runner. In his spare time he enjoys swimming, watching b movies on Netflix, and camping. After college, he is planning on pursuing a PhD in theoretical mathematics.

  • Benjamin Drebing is from Holliston, MA. At the time he joined AMALTHEA he was a rising junior majoring in computer science and mathematics at Hamilton College. His main academic interests include abstract algebra, computer science, and computation theory. In 2014, he worked on developing web applications to allow students to remotely and coaboratively code for his computer science department. In his free time, Ben participates in the Hamilton College Choir and Curling team, and enjoys playing board games. After college, he is considering pursuing a PhD in mathematics.

  • Chelse Bulthuis is from Boise, Idaho. She is a rising senior at Boise State University, where she is working towards her B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics. She is especially fond of numerical analysis, partial differential equations, and logic. During the spring and fall semesters, she tutors for calculus and differential equations. Since Chelse volunteers as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., her guide puppy in training, Parsley, accompanies her to school every day. Outside of school, she is an active member of the math club and tries to go hiking as much as possible. Last summer, Chelse worked with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on the development of a state estimation algorithm that would determine the condition of power equipment with the help of smart meter data. Next, she will pursue her PhD in the field of applied mathematics.

  • Emily Helfer is originally from Akron, Ohio, and is a rising junior at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, majoring in statistics with machine learning. Her main interests are data analysis and statistical modeling. She has participated in research through the statistics department during her sophomore spring semester, which focused on what affects the attention of children in classrooms. She participated in Global Business Brigades in 2015, where she traveled to Panama over spring break to help teach an indigenous community financial literally skills. She is also involved in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, holding a position on the executive board and being involved in several other committees.

  • Bennett Smith is from Ashland, Illinois. In 2015, he was a rising senior double majoring in physics and mathematics at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. Machine learning is an area that is very interesting to him because he enjoys using computer programming for computational purposes. In addition to his academics, he has been a member of his collegeís math club for three years and has held a leadership position for two years. In his free time he likes to read about current events, program, and play video games. After graduation, he plans to pursue a masterís degree in either mathematics or engineering.

  • Olatide Omojaro is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, but has lived in the state of Georgia since 2011. At the time of joining the AMALTHEA REU program in 2015, he graduated from Georgia Perimeter College with an A.S. in Computer Science and Engineering. He plans to transfer on to Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue a B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, while minoring in Computer Science with a focus on Intelligence for his graduate studies. He is very passionate about artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, human robot interaction, and data analysis. His past research projects was conducted at Texas Tech University during the summers of 2013 and 2014, where he worked on probabilistic reasoning for robots and feature selection techniques to assess maturity of a cotton fiber, respectively. He has won multiple honors for his research work at regional national conferences, and was recently named a Barry Goldwater nominee and a USG Regents' Scholar. In his free time, Olatide likes to watch soccer - rooting for Manchester United F.C., play games, tutor, read robotics articles, and work on independent projects.




From left to right: Smith, Romero, Drebing, Helfer, Shinseki, Hollowood, Omojaro, Bulthuis, Nuez and Sokolich. .




2014 Participants

The 2014 Program involved the following 10 undergraduate participants:

 
  • Candice Schumann was born in Johannesburg, South Africa but now lives in West Chester, PA. At the time she joined AMALTHEA, she was a Computer Science and Mathematics dual major at La Salle University. Candiceís interests are artificial intelligence, machine learning and algorithm development. In 2014 she was awarded the Society of Information Management Leadership award. She is a member of La Salle Universityís Honors Program and a recent inductee of Kappa Mu Epsilon. After Graduation she plans to pursue a Ph.D in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. Candice is involved with the technical aspects of La Salleís theater group and she is a member of La Salleís ACM programming team. In her free time Candice likes reading, watching plays and cooking.

  • Dan Weinand is originally from Burlington, Iowa. In 2014, he was a rising junior majoring in mathematics and computer science at Pomona College in California. Danís academic interests include statistics, artificial intelligence, and Japanese. At Pomona he has participated in several data analysis competitions through Kaggle. In 2014, he was also working in software development at Applied Instrument Technologies. In addition to academics, Dan is a member of his collegeís improv comedy troupe and outdooring club. In his spare time he enjoys juggling, long-distance running, and camping. After college, he plans on pursuing a PhD in computer science.

  • Gedeon Nyengele is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but has lived in the state of Georgia for the last 4 years. At the time he joined AMALTHEA, he attended Georgia Perimeter College as a sophomore in Electrical Engineering and planned to transfer to Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. He is very interested in topics related to smart energy, smart systems, signal processing, antenna design, embedded systems, machine learning, and data mining. His most recent research was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania during the summer 2013 and focused on the development of a mobile system to monitor neonatal nursing characteristics. In his free time, Gedeon likes to skate, read research articles, develop code libraries for a variety of micro-controllers, tutor, or read the Bible.

  • Jamie Fox is from Palm Bay, Florida. In 2014, he was a rising senior at Union University, where he planned to complete his B.S. degree with a double major in Mathematics and Physics. Jamieís particular areas of research interest are abstract algebra, statistics, and numerical analysis. Currently, he plans on pursuing a PhD in the field of mathematics with an emphasis in one of these three subjects. Last summer, Jamie had the opportunity to obtain an internship at Harris Corporation where he worked on the development of the GOES-R weather satellite. Outside of school, Jamie loves to play almost every kind of sport, especially soccer. For the past three years, Jamie has played for Union Universityís Varsity Soccer Team as a central midfielder.

  • John Talbot is from Richland, WA. He is a member of the class of 2015 at Whitworth University. He was majoring in mathematics and engineering physics with a minor in computer science. The area of machine learning/artificial intelligence interests him because it involves all of his academic interests. While at Whitworth University, he has been involved in the tennis team including two years as captain. After his graduation, he would like to pursue graduate studies in either mathematics or engineering.

  • Nikita Belyaev was born in Russia, but later moved to Chicago, Illinois. At the time of joining AMALTHEA, he was a junior at Dominican University majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics. He is a member of Alpha Chi and Kappa Mu Epsilon, as well as a member of Student Conduct Board and Student IT Committee at Dominican University. In the future, Nikita plans on pursuing a graduate degree on one or possibly more than one of his majors, and eventually considers pursuing a PhD in one of the fields. On his free time Nikita enjoys watching TV shows and movies, reading, and playing video games.

  • Sarah White is from Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2014, she was a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Mathematical Decision Sciences. She is a 2012 graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. At UNC-CH, Sarah volunteered her time teaching computer literacy to underprivileged adults and families in the local community and is the I.T. Committee Chair for Phi Sigma Pi, a national honors fraternity. In spring of 2014, she interned at Automated Insights, a start-up in Durham, North Carolina that transforms big data into narratives. Sarah plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Statistics. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cheering on the Tarheels, and spending time with friends.

  • Yash-yee Logan is from Jamaica, but has been living in Georgia for the past two years. In 2014 she was completing her sophomore year at Georgia Perimeter College with plans to transfer to Texas A&M University to complete her bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering. She is primarily interested in communications, signal processing, machine learning, pattern recognition, optics and photonics. Yash-yee has received the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics scholar honor and has been recognized for her outreach and service to the Georgia Perimeter College Community. After graduating she plans to gain engineering industry experience for a short period and then pursue her graduate degree in communication engineering. In her spare time, Yash-yee enjoys landscape photography, tutoring, swimming, traveling, and googling historical events/periods/persons.

  • Tabitha Beavers is from the Great State of Texas, but spent part of her high schools years in Florida where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. In 2014 she attended Florida Tech, where she was recognized as an outstanding senior in the electrical and computer engineering department. She works on neural network approaches to biological signal recognition in the Information Processing Lab as a research assistant under Dr. Ham. She is Vice President of IEEE-AESS (Aerospace and Electrical Systems Society) and Secretary for the IEEE-HKN Honor Society. She was president of the Florida Tech Hillel club and the PES Honor Society. She desires to use machine learning to enhance the medical field with a focus on cardiac arrhythmias and neural impairments such as autism. She was pursuing her degree in Electrical Engineering and planned to graduate in 2015.

  • Tobin Yehle is from Salt Lake City, Utah. At the time of joining AMALTHEA, he was a Computer Science major with minors in astronomy and music at the University of Utah. His past work includes using machine learning techniques to make an optical recognition system for sheet music and point cloud simulations. For the past two years he has worked in QA automation at Fusion-io, a company that makes high performance flash memory. After graduation Tobin looks forward to earning his masters in Computer Science with an emphasis in computer vision and artificial intelligence. His other interests include cycling, building rockets, and playing the trumpet.




From left to right: Yehle, Fox, Talbot, Weinand, Beavers, Schumann, Logan, White, Nyengele and Belyaev. .




2013 Participants

The 2013 Program involved the following 10 undergraduate participants:

 
  • Jacob Chen is from Rockville, Maryland. At the time of his participation he was a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park pursuing a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu honors society. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, he interned at Cooper Power Systems and at Signal Processing Inc. Moreover, he has worked on interesting software projects such as ones related to the Mars rover Curiosity and the UAV Triton. His plans were to pursue a Master's or Ph.D. degree in the field of Computer Architecture or Communications. When he is not being stressed about work and/or school, Jacob enjoys working on mobile development with his friends and creating new ideas that could be used by the collegiate American student, since he is not very good at sports.

  • Robert Colgan is from New York City and is a member of the class of 2014 at Columbia University. At the time of his participation, he was majoring in Computer Science, and was particularly interested in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision. His other academic interests includes physics, mathematics, neuroscience, and music. While at Columbia he worked as set designer, sound designer, and head carpenter on a number of theatrical productions. After graduation, his plans were to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science. He enjoys playing classical piano, reading, bicycling, urban exploration, and Broadway and off-Broadway theater.

  • David E. Gutierrez was born in Bogota, Colombia. At the time of his participation, he was pursuing a double major in Political Science and Computer Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida with minors in Mathematics and Physics. He was awarded the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship in 2008. Davidís interests lie in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition. He looks forward to one day get into programming robots. After graduating, he planned to pursue a Masterís degree in Computer Science, more specifically in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning.

  • John Karlen is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. At the time of his participation, he attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMASS), where he was studying Physics and Computer Science. At the time he also was the Vice President of the UMASS Society of Physics Students Chapter, and was previously the Senior Presidential Advisor of that organization. He was involved in research efforts at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) collaboration's UMASS chapter, doing data analysis and programming. He was the winner of the Cape and Islands Trig Star competition. John planned to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Physics. In his free time, John skateboards.

  • Haidar Khan is from Kingston, NY and in 2013 he was a senior majoring in Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He was the recipient of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Joseph H. Smith Jr. í45 Award in May 2011 for achievements in mathematics and science. His research interests were in Robotics and Computer Vision and he had worked with Contrafect, a biotech firm located in Yonkers, NY, on incorporating laboratory robots into their protocols. Haidar plans were to pursue his graduate studies in the field of Artificial Intelligence after completing his undergraduate degree. At the time of his participation, he was the president of both the IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu chapters at SUNY New Paltz, and competed at events such as the IEEExtreme Programming Competition, Freescale Cup, and IEEE student paper competitions. During his free time, Haidar enjoys playing basketball, volunteering at his local mosque, and playing video games.

  • Matthew G. Kishe was born in Urbana, Illinois, but lived most of his life in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. In 2013, he was attending Florida State University (FSU) pursuing a dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was amongst the few to be recognized by the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society for his outstanding achievements. In spring 2013, Matthew served as the website coordinator of the Eta Kappa Nu chapter at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. After graduating with his bachelors, he planned on pursuing his Masterís degree in Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence. Matthew is very interested in gadgets and new technology. In his free time he finds himself hanging out with friends, playing soccer, watching movies and taking trips to the beach to relax.

  • Dillon M. Rose from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In the summer of 2013, he was a rising senior majoring in Computer Science at the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) in Melbourne, Florida. His academic/research interests lie in Complex Networks, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. At Florida Tech, he was a member of the BioComplex Lab under Dr. Menezes and performed research on Complex Networks using large-scale web crawls. In 2013, he was recognized as Scholar-Athlete of the Yeara and Distinguished Student Scholar at Florida Tech. Moreover, he received the Phi Kappa Phi 2013 Chapter Scholar Award. On top of academics, Dillon is a scholarship athlete on the Menís Baseball team as a pitcher and outfielder. He also enjoys participating in coding competitions, teaching himself guitar, surfing, and painting. After acquiring a Bachelor's degree from Florida Tech, Dillon intended to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science.

  • Jean Michel Rouly is from the Washington, DC metro area. In 2013 he is a rising junior at George Mason University, studying Computer Science with a minor in Linguistics. His research interests lie primarily in the field of Computational Linguisticsa and, specifically, modeling phonology and syntax through a lexical approach. He was a member of the George Mason University Scholars Program and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi academic honors society. In his free time, Michel served on the executive board of George Mason's Student-Run Computing & Technology group, developing technology for deployment among the George Mason student body. He enjoys music, books, and food.

  • Shraddha Singh is originally from India, but had been living in Texas for some years. At the time of her participation, she was completing her sophomore year at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She was a recipient of the College Scholar honor. Shraddha was a tutor for introductory circuits and embedded systems courses at her university. During summer 2013, she took part in the Intel Ultimate Engineering Experience program held in Austin, Texas. Shraddha planned on pursuing graduate school after finishing her undergraduate degree, but was still open to other career avenues. Shraddha likes learning new sports, spending time with family and friends, climbing trees, watching movies, eating food and living life happily.

  • Halley Weitzman from Dallas, Texas. In 2013, she was a rising sophomore majoring in Computer Science at the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, and planned to add a major in Physics during the following fall. Her research interests are Machine Learning, algorithm development, and data migration. She was a recipient of the Gannon Portal Scholarship (2013) and the Distinguished AP Scholar Award (2012). Before joining AMALTHEA, Halley had begun performing research in data algorithms. She took part in the Scholars Science, Technology and Society program, which is dedicated to the practical application of STEM skills in todayís world, as well as the QUEST Honors program, an integrated honors society between the Business, Engineering and Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences colleges. In her sparse free time, Halley likes to work in Technical Theatre with the Student Entertainment Events organization, but most of all Halley enjoys laughing, music, playing guitar, and discovering her inner artist.




From left to right: Ruly, Weitzman, Rose, Singh, Karlen, Colgan, Chen, Khan, Kishe and Gutierrez. .




2009 Participants

The 2009 Program is involving the following 9 undergraduate participants:

 
  • RuiZhi (Rebecca) Yu is originally from Chengdu, China, but lives on Long Island, New York. She is currently a rising junior majoring in Electrical Engineering and pursuing minors in Engineering Physics, Applications of Computing, and Finance at Princeton University. She is the recipient of a National Merit Scholarship (2007) and Brookhaven National Laboratory Merit Scholarship (2007). In addition, she was an INTEL semifinalist at a science and engineering fair with her previous research on the study of Fermi-Pasta-Ulam effects in a 2D computer simulated lattice. In the recent past, she has been a summer intern Habitat for Humanity and a technical intern for MixerLabs. Additionally, she is currently president of the Undergraduate Engineering Council, Princeton's chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and Princeton's Club Fencing Team. She has spent most of her past school breaks doing volunteer and civic engagement work in various places ranging from soup kitchens in Philadelphia to the Navajo reservation in Arizona. In the future, Rebecca plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree in either Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, or Information Systems. Finally, in her free time she enjoys playing the violin, tennis, and fencing.

  • Timothy R. Mersch from Hackettstown, New Jersey. He is a rising senior majoring in Computer Science at the College of Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. His academic/research interests lie in bio-inspired computing, more specifically in genetic algorithms. He was Florida Tech's Work Study Student Employee of the Year (2008) and a current John T. & Martha Hartley Scholar. He belongs to the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman and Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science honor societies and competes yearly in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, Southeast Regional. After acquiring a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Florida Tech, Tim intends to seek employment in the gaming industry, but may return to school for a Ph.D., if he finds the academic lifestyle more suitable. Finally, in his free time, he enjoys gaming, nature walks, frisbee, long discussions, and is an avid writer of essays, fiction, and music.

  • Adina E. Rubinoff from Potomac, Maryland. She is currently a rising junior double-majoring in Computer Science and Linguistics with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Her academic/research interests include AI and natural language processing. She is the recipient of a Rush Rhees Scholarship (2007). In the recent past she has been a summer intern for the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language (CNL) Laboratory at the University of Maryland(2008) and a research assistant in the University of Rochester's Phonetics Laboratory (2009). In addition, she is a workshop leader for the University of Rochester Computer Science department. In the future Adina plans to pursue a Ph.D. in either Computer Science or Linguistics and probably work in academia. In her free time Adina enjoys reading, hiking, dancing (especially swing), learning guitar, and listening to music.

  • Ryan Gonet is from Safety Harbor, Florida. He is currently a senior undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at the College of Engineering of the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida. His interests lie in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense SMART fellowship (2008) and the Florida Bright Futures scholarship (2005). Ryan is a student member of the ACM and a member of Toastmasters. Ryan will complete his Bachelor's degree in computer science and go on to pursue a Master's degree studying Artificial Intelligence, after which he will pursue a career in industry. In his spare time, Ryan likes to read fiction, study philosophy and epistemology, and listen to classical compositions.

  • Michael C. Koval from Mount Laurel, NJ. He is currently a freshman pursuing a dual-degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. His current research interests are Machine Learning, algorithm development, and the application of pure mathematics to computer science research. He is a recipient of the National AP Scholar Award; the Rutgers Presidential Scholarship, the highest merit-based scholarship awarded by Rutgers University; and the Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar Award. During his freshman year at Rutgers University, he was the lead programmer for Rutgers International VEX Robotics competition team and a student member of IEEE. Recently, Michael also has been involved with social networking security research at his home institution. After receiving his undergraduate degrees, he plans to pursue a Masters degree in Computer Science.

  • David Foregger stems from Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. He is doing a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and aims to add a Government major in the Fall. David plans on either pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science or going into game development. He has been involved in internships in Photonics and the Physical Sciences at Bell Laboratories for three summers (2006-2008). He has recently researched the TOR Network and plans to participate in work on Hybrid Dynamical Systems for Embodied Agents next semester. He served this Spring as the Assembly Series Chair for the Alpha Delta Phi Society, a coeducational literary society. He enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, gaming, writing, and freedom. He adores alliteration.

  • Oriana Wen resides in Plano, Texas. A rising junior, she is pursuing a dual major in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University. At Duke she is involved in the SmartHome, where she and the Mobile Lighting Controls team recently received the Cisco Innovation Award for implementing a client-server, base through which cell phones can control the SmartHome lighting system. She is also a part of Duke's Visualization Technology Group and has been working on a dynamic design that will be installed in North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. Last summer, with the same group, she combined 3D modeling and motion capture to make a controllable avatar of Iron Man, her favorite action figure. When Oriana isn't working, she can be found scaling mountains with the Outing Club, camping in Krzyzewskiville with the rest of the Cameron Crazies, or dining with the Duke Culinary Society.

  • Julie L. Manuel from Satellite Beach, Florida. She is currently a senior double-majoring in Mathematics and Statistics with minors in Business Administration and Music Performance at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Florida. She was awarded Successful Participant at the 2009 Mathematical Contest in Modeling and was on the Deans List of the College of Arts and Sciences (Fall 2008). Additionally, she is a member of Phi Mu Epsilon and the USF Statistics Club as well as a member of the Golden Key and College of Arts and Sciences honor societies. She is currently the President of the Math Club at USF (2009-2010) and Recording Secretary of the National Honors Fraternity Phi Sigma Pi (2008-2010). Furthermore, she works as a tutor at the USF Athletics Center and USF Honors College and plans to begin working as a Peer Leader next semester. Julie will also begin her Mathematics Thesis in the fall and plans on graduating in the spring with Honors distinctions in Mathematics and from the USF Honors College. She plans on working in the field of applied mathematics, possibly after attending graduate school. Finally, in her free time she enjoys playing the cello, working out, playing and watching sports, and spending time with her family.

  • Christopher Usher. Chris Usher was born in the state of Illinois, but has lived in Hilo, Hawaii since he was five years old. He is currently completing his junior year at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH), where he is double-majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is a recipient of the University of Hawaii Presidential Scholarship (2008), and was awarded UHH Computer Science department's Outstanding First Year Computer Science Student Award (2007). He participates annually in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, Pacific Northwest region, in which his team won first place \ for the Hawaii site in 2007 and 2008. He is also a student member of the ACM. After graduation, he plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Computer Science, although he may look for employment opportunities instead, in the fields of Software Engineering or Game Development. Recently, he has all but forgotten the meaning of free time, but when such opportunities do arise, Chris enjoys starting small game development projects he knows he can never finish, reading all of his favorite tech news sites, listening to various music, hanging out with his family and friends, remembering that he should practice playing his bass guitar, and failing at various video games.




From left to right: Gonet, Wen, Yu, Mersch, Manuel, Rubinoff, Foregger, Koval and Usher. .




2008 Participants

The 2008 Program involved the following 13 undergraduate participants:

 
  • Roberto Miguez from Orlando, Florida. In 2008 he was a senior majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Roberto worked with teammate Jessica Sparks and graduate mentor John Reeder on developing intelligent agents that were capable of adapting to a video game environment and gain life-like behaviors. Their effort was followed up by a paper at the IEEE-CIG 2008 conference. Roberto plans to eventually pursue a doctoral degree in Bioengineering. In Spring2009 he got awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

  • Eric P. Astor from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. In 2008 he was a junior majoring in Mathematics (Honors) at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Eric collaborated with his teammate, Winny Lung, and graduate mentors Ruben Ramirez-Padron and Chris Sentelle on developing an iterative inner solver for a special Support Vector Machine training algorithm. Eric had expressed his interest in pursuing a doctoral degree in Mathematics and Physics.

  • Todd C. Alexander from Melbourne, Florida. During 2008 he was a senior in Computer Engineering attending Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. During the summer experience, him and teammate Hassan Ahmed developed a software framework for static and dynamic hand gesture recognition. They published their results in a paper at the HCII 2009 conference. As of Fall 2008, Todd is pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering at FIT. He is expected to graduate in the Fall of 2010.

  • Syed "Hassan" Ahmed from Miami, Florida. In 2008 he was a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering and Physics and attended University of Miami in Miami, Florida. Him and and teammate Todd Alexander developed a software framework for static and dynamic hand gesture recognition. They published their results in a paper at the HCII 2009 conference. Hassan is expected to graduate in Fall 2009.

  • Gary E. Gramajo from Weston, Florida. In 2008 he was a junior studying Pure Mathematics at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He and teammate Michelle Fox worked under the mentoring of Anna Koufakou on a novel approach in detecting data outliers in categorical data sets. Currently, Gary is working with the computer vision group at Florida State University (FSU) on content-based video retrieval. He is expected to graduate in Summer 2009, after which he will pursue a Master’s degree in Pure Mathematics at FSU.

  • Rong "Li" Li from Melbourne, Florida. During 2008 he was a junior in Electrical & Computer Engineering and attended Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in Melbourne, Florida. Li and his teammate Musa Yassin worked on developing a prototype for a multi-stage license plate recognition system. As of Spring 2009 Li is pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering at FIT and he expected to graduate in Fall 2010.

  • Matthew J. Furstoss from Horseheads, New York. During 2008 he was a junior majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He and his teammates, David Wax and Noah Larsen, worked on developing a large vocabulary, continuous-speech recognition system for Rich transcription evaluation using HTK. Matt graduates from Rochester in May 2009 and is currently looking for work in in the New York City area. He plans on finding a job in the entertainment industry or in research, while leaving time at night to play gigs with his band in the city.

  • Michelle S. Fox from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2008 she majored in Computer Engineering and attended Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He and teammate Gary Gramajo worked under the mentoring of Anna Koufakou on a novel approach in detecting data outliers in categorical data sets. As of Spring 2009 Michelle has been attending UCF and working towards a Master’s in Computer Engineering.

  • David A. Wax from Bozeman, Montana. In 2008 he was a Computer Science senior at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He and his teammates, Matthew Furstoss and Noah Larsen, worked on developing a large vocabulary, continuous-speech recognition system for Rich transcription evaluation using HTK. David is graduating in Spring 2009 and is looking to pursue graduate studies in Fall 2009.

  • Noah A. Larsen from Auburn, Alabama. In 2008 he was a senior majoring in Computer Science and attending Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He and his teammates, Matthew Furstoss and David Wax, worked on developing a large vocabulary, continuous-speech recognition system for Rich transcription evaluation using HTK. Now, Noah is a senior graduating in Spring 2009. He has already been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for graduate studies, which he will commence in Fall 2009.

  • Winnie J. Lung from Pasadena, Texas. In 2008 she was a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering and attending Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She, Eric Astor and graduate mentors Ruben Ramirez-Padron and Chris Sentelle worked on developing an iterative inner solver for a special Support Vector Machine training algorithm. Winnie is expected to graduate in Spring 2010.

  • Musa Y. Yassin-Fort from Carolina, Puerto Rico. In 2008 he was a 3rd-year student majoring in Computer Engineering and attending University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Musa and his teammate Rong Li worked on developing a prototype for a multi-stage license plate recognition system. Musa expects to graduate in Spring 2011, after which he is considering of pursuing graduate studies.

  • Jessica C. Sparks from West Lafayette, Indiana. She majors in Computer Engineering and attends Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Jessica worked with teammate Roberto Miguez and graduate mentor John Reeder on developing intelligent agents that were capable of adapting to a video game environment and gain life-like behaviors. Their effort was followed up by a paper at the IEEE-CIG 2008 confernece.




From left to right: Yassin-Fort, Li, Sparks, Fox, Gramajo, Alexander, Astor, Ahmed, Lung, Larsen, Wax, Furstoss and Miguez. .




2007 Participants

The 2007 Program involved the following 7 undergraduate participants:

 
  • Andrew Stiles is from Alexandria, Virginia, and he attends Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. In Summer 2007 he was a junior majoring in Computer Engineering. During the AMALTHEA Program he worked on improving the accuracy of a Wake-up-Word speech recognition system by applying Hidden Markov models and Support Vector Machines. Andrew plans to continue his studies and graduate in May 2009 with an honors degree in Computer Engineering along with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics.

  • Brandon D. Schmitt is a EE senior from Florida Institute of Technology ocated in Melbourne, FL. Brandon joined FIT in the Fall of 2005 and the time of writing was is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. During the 2007 AMALTHEA Program Brandon focused on developing testing tools, working with a commercial speech recognition engine, and developing two novel methods of voice activity detection. Upon graduating from Florida Tech in the Spring of 2008, Brandon will be continuing through his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in signal processing.

  • Frederick "Tad" Gertz is a EE junior from Alfred University located in Alfred, NY. In Summer 2007 he was in the Electrical Engineering program of the Kazou Inamori School of Engineering, and was planning on attempting a minor in Glass Science or Photonics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In the AMALTHEA program he participated in the development of tools to help automate testing, error analysis, and implementation of a pitch detection algorithm. Finally, he was interested in pursuing graduate studies and, in particular, a career in Photonics and hoped very much to participate in graduate research in this area.

  • Maria Garcia Ayala was a 3rd year (in a 5-year undergraduate program) EE student from Universidad de Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, PR. Since she was a little kid she was curious about how things worked and always loved mathematics. During the summer experience in 2007 she helped in developing a new backward-adjusting algorithm to increase the accuracy of C4.5 tree classifiers. She, her teammate, Jason Beck, and their graduate mentor Mingyu Zhong published a paper at the FLAIRS 2008 conference. She plans to finish her Bachelor’s degree in May 2009 and then continue on to graduate studies. Eventually, she plans pursuing a doctoral degree.

  • Amy K. Hoover from Dunedin, Florida. In 2007, Amy was a double degree Mathematics & Computer Science junior from University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando, FL. While in the 2007 AMALTHEA REU Program, Amy worked on a program called NEAT Drummer, which automatically generates drum tracks for existing songs. She coauthored two papers based on her 2007 AMALTHEA research: a paper that won the Best Paper Award at EvoMUSART 2008 and journal paper for the Connection Science Special Issue on Music, Brain, & Cognition. Amy also won 1st place in Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (out of 30) at UCF’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research Exellence (SURE) Poster Contest in 2008 and completed her Honors in the Major undergraduate honors thesis, both extensions of her 2007 AMALTHEA work. Amy received UCF’s Trustees Doctoral Fellowship and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science with Dr. Kenneth O. Stanley at UCF starting in Fall, 2009.

  • Jason Beck, a CE senior from University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. During the 2007 AMALTHEA program he worked as the project software designer and coder and implemented a unique backwards adjusting phase into the decision tree classifier C4.5. He continued this line of research in his undergraduate Honor’s in the Major thesis. He, his teammate, Maria Garcia, and their graduate mentor Mingyu Zhong published a paper at the FLAIRS 2008 conference. Jason started working at Lockheed Martin in 2008 and completed his Master’s degree at UCF in the Spring of 2008.

  • Kelvin "Kel" A. Cardona Ruiz is a 3rd year (in a 5-year undergraduate program) CE student from Universidad de Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, PR. He lives in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The AMALTHEA Program was his first research experience, during which he developed a MapReduce simulator on top of GridSim. Kel and his graduate mentor Jimmy Secretan published a paper at the IJCNN 2008 conference. Kel plans to graduate in Spring of 2009, after which he will consider his options for graduate school.




From left to right: Hoover, Gertz, Schmitt, Cardona, Stiles, Garcia and Beck.