Saturday, April 11, 2015

Undergraduate Research in Computer Science

Since September, I have worked in the WISDM lab within the Computer Science department. WISDM stands for Wireless Sensor Data Mining, which means we attempt to derive meaningful information from the data from wireless sensors, like the accelerometer and gyroscope in your phone. Right now, the work I do is focused in activity recognition, meaning try to create algorithms to predict what activity the user is doing (sitting, standing, running, walking, etc.) based off of data from his or her smartphone and, more recently, his or her smartwatch. This research has implications for mobile health and fitness. With any luck, I'll get my research published in a ubiquitous computing journal or conference.

One of the great things that Fordham does to support its research community is to offer funding for students who apply for it. Through Fordham College at Rose Hill, students can receive a stipend of up to $1000 plus an additional $500 for materials. I received one of these grants this semester, and it has been great to be able to focus on my research while also getting paid for it! They also offer stipends for summer work, allowing students to be compensated for staying on campus and working on their research. In a couple weeks, I will present my work at the Fordham Undergraduate Research Symposium, which is a really cool event that allows us to share and showcase what we've been working on with our peers.

If you want to participate in research as an undergraduate, it's super easy to get involved. All you need to do is talk to professors about what research they do and, once you've found something you're interested in, ask how you can help out. Professors are always looking for more help! It's a great opportunity to learn and develop in your field of interest as well as an awesome thing to put on your resumé!

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