2019 Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium

The annual Undergraduate Research & Discovery Symposium celebrates and connects undergraduate research taking place all across UAA, and fosters scholarly discussion between students, faculty and the community. Join us to celebrate undergraduate achievements during the 2019 symposium, April 18-19, 2019.

Keynote address: Nick Armstrong-Crews

Nick Armstrong-Crews

 

Nick is a career roboticist building self-driving cars to eradicate death caused by auto accidents. Born in Nome and raised in Fairbanks, he studied math and computer science at UAA, leading to doctoral studies in robotics at Carnegie Mellon. He has worked on AI for Mars rovers at NASA Ames, drone vision at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, hand-held 3D cameras at Heuristic Labs (a start-up he founded), and mobile machine learning at Google. He is currently working on multi-sensor fusion and perception for self-driving cars at Waymo. He has a bunch of patents, dozens of academic publications, and one cat.

 
 
Keynote Address Topic:

"Self-driving cars are here... and they're awesome!"

Recent advances in mobile computing, machine learning, and computer vision are rapidly transforming many aspects of our daily lives, but none so potentially life-saving as self-driving cars. Auto accidents are a leading cause of death, numbering over one million per year - with 94% of these are caused by human error. Last year, we at Waymo (previously known as Google's self-driving car project) launched the world's first commercial self-driving car service. In this talk, I'll give plenty of juicy details, explaining why these are perhaps humanity's most capable and complex embodied artificial minds to date and how these clever, plucky little robots can save lives and transform cities.

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Room: Wendy Williamson Auditorium

This talk is free and open to the public.

Flyer

Poster Fair

Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19, 2019

UAA/APU Consortium Library

Research presentations

Friday, April 19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: Rasmuson Hall (location of each individual presentation will be announced at a later date)

Poster presentation session and reception

Friday, April 19, 3-4 p.m.

Location: Conoco Phillips Integraged Science Building Lobby(this has been moved from the previously announced location on the spine)

Awards ceremony

Friday, April 19, 4-5 p.m.

Location: Conoco Phillips Integraged Science Building Lobby(this has been moved from the previously announced location on the spine)

 

The Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium is proudly presented by the University Honors College. For more information, call (907) 786-1086 or email uaa_honors@uaa.alaska.edu.

For submission information, please visit the Symposium Submission webpage.