Participate in Remote Meeting Software Research @ UCSD

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We are a group of researchers at the Creativity Lab, part of the Design Lab and Cognitive Science Department at UCSD. We are looking for pairs of participants for a research study to help us test a new web-based meeting tool that we are developing.

Basically, we’re hoping you can bring a friend with you when you sign up to participate! You and the person you bring along can be work colleagues, fellow students, or personal friends. You do not need to have experience being in a remote meeting together. You will only need to submit one form for you and your friend.

Studies will be run from Thursday, September 8 to Sunday, September 11 remotely. The total time for the research study will be 75 minutes. You will both need to have a desktop computer, microphone, camera, and an external display to participate in the study. You must also both be native speakers of English to participate.

Participants will receive a $30 Amazon gift card after completion of the study.

If interested, please click on this link to a Google Forms questionnaire, answer a few questions, and tell us about the times you and your friend are available.


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Looking for Mentors for the HDSI Undergrad Scholarship Program

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We are looking for mentors for the HDSI Undergrad Scholarship Program. This is a fantastic opportunity for students from many different majors across campus to design and carry out their own research projects. For the 2022-23 academic year, we have 9 projects that we would like to support, but are in need of a mentor.
Mentors receive $500 in research funds. Mentor duties are relatively flexible and lightweight, which are listed at the bottom of this info page. Mentors can be faculty, research staff, postdocs, grad students, or anyone with the expertise to mentor the project. The projects needing mentors are:
  • Applications of Neural Networks for Civil Design and Resource Management
  • ParkSmart: A robust and cost-effective computer-vision based solution to parking lot management
  • Resolving Major City Traffic Using Automated Train Route Optimization
  • Rough Rice Prediction (predicting price of rice)
  • SpamBack: Spam detection for social media
  • Fixing Form: Using pose estimation to minimize injury from the big three movements
  • House Price Prediction in Python Using Machine Learning
  • Race and Recidivism: Can Racial Bias Be Removed From Criminal Justice Risk Assessment Tools?
  • How to prevent people from over-spending using a machine learning model
If you or anyone you know is interested in mentoring one or more of these projects, please look at this spreadsheet, which contains contact info for the students and a description of their proposed project. Note that these proposals are not final — you may have recommendations about scoping, feasibility, methods, data sources, etc. If you are interested, please contact the students directly if you would like to talk with them more. If you agree to mentor a project and they accept, please put your name in the mentor column of the spreadsheet and e-mail me directly.
HDSI Undergrad Scholar
2019 HDSI Undergrad Scholar
R. Stuart Geiger, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Dept of Communication and the Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute
Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Practical Ethics, Computer Science & Engineering, and Computational Social Science

University of California, San Diego | he/him or they/their

HDSI Undergraduate New Student Orientation

Data Science Undergraduate Student Affairs will be hosting our New Student Orientation on Wednesday, September 21 in the SDSC Auditorium.

With a cohort of incoming freshmen as well as transfer students, we will be hosting the Freshman Orientation in the morning and the Transfer Orientation in the afternoon. Both Orientations will feature a welcome message from Dr. Rajesh Gupta, presentations from Faculty/Student Affairs, Career Services, Industry Relations, and the Data Science Librarian. Following the presentation, Student Organizations and all presenters will break out into tabling sessions. This portion of the event will allow students an opportunity to ask questions in smaller groups.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out this brief RSVP form:
You can find more detailed schedule information on the form.

Please RSVP no later than Friday, September 9 at 11:59 PM PST.We welcome you to come and meet our incoming students during either or both Orientation sessions. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you all for your continued support!