All Topics Considered at Computing[MTU] Showcase

Soheil Sepahyar, graduate
student, Computer Science

From the opening reception and induction of the first members of the College of Computing Honor Academy the evening of April 4 to a Visualizations in Python workshop with Associate Professor Laura Brown on April 6, the first annual Computing[MTU] Showcase engaged hundreds of individuals in a full slate of talks, workshops, panel discussions, and research poster session.

Keynote talks were delivered by Dianne Marsh ’86 ’92, director of
content security at Netflix, and by data science expert Phil Bourne of the University of Virginia.

In two discussion panels, diverse groups explored the ever-increasing role of computing in everyone’s lives and the challenges and opportunities for women in IT.

Conference sessions found distinguished alumni and industry professionals sharing information and ideas about data science in the defense sector, machine learning, health information modeling, and graduate education programs.

In a poster competition, close to 40 students presented their research. Winning posters described projects investigating a universal sensor description schema, virtual keyboards using a HoloLens, and a system to broaden access to digital assistance.