The 2014 UC San Diego Summer Research Conference takes place August 14 from 8am to 4pm in the UC San Diego Price Center. It is open to all undergraduate student speakers who are working on a research project in the San Diego area this summer, including at universities other than UC San Diego. Non-UC San Diego speakers come from Cal State San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene, SDSU, San Diego City College, and University of San Diego. Other speakers include students from institutions outside of California who had the opportunity to do research in San Diego. Each panel will consist of a faculty moderator and a group of between four and eight student speakers. The event is organized by the Academic Enrichment Programs office in Student Affairs.
All told, more than 230 students will present their research. Panel #6 on Electrical and Computer Engineering will be moderated by CSE's Mia Minnes, and the panel will include a student mentored by Minnes (math major Matthew Kleinsmith), and another by CSE's Ryan Kastner (Howard University computer science major Jeremy Blackstone, who is investigating how to add flexibiilty to memory architecture in development using Open Computing Language, or OpenCL). On Panel #25, computer science major Ryan Soscia (at left), with a specialization in bioinformatics, will talk about the work he is doing as part of the Qualcomm Institute's Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Working with neuroscientist Maryann Martone in the institute, Soscia is developing a Research Optimization Model to construct "knowledge vectors" to represent the robustness of integrated experimental results, using neuroscience as a case study. Finally, on Panel #30, computer science major Henry Truong will talk about his protein-modeling project with Skaggs School professor Peter Rose. According to an abstract for his talk, Truong's aim is "to develop an algorithm that requires less memory while striving to be as accurate as possible" without relying on using every single atom to create the surface of the protein for algorithms to render proteins. (A total of six Calit2 Scholars from the Qualcomm Institute will be presenting at the Summer Research Conference.
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Download the final conference program in PDF format.