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PhD Showcase

The Computer Science PhD Research Showcase is an annual departmental event to showcase the research of our PhD students, who have the opportunity to demonstrate their research, receive feedback, and exchange information. The departmental objectives are the following:

  1. to improve the student’sresearch communication skills,
  2. to provide to feedback related to the students’ research progress and presentation of their ideas and results,
  3. to encourage scientific exchange of ideas between students and faculty working in different areas, and
  4. to promote internal community developmentby getting to know faculty and peers.

PhD Research Showcase
Friday, March 22, 2024

1PM - 5PM
Farrish Hall (FH) 101


1 PM, Opening and Introductions

1:20 PM, Lightning Talks
Students will give a one-minute oral overview of their research

2:00 PM, Poster Session
Mingle with participating students and delve deeper into their research

4 PM, Awards and Closing Remarks

Participating Students

Students Titles
Baharlouei, Elaheh Labeling Comic Mischief Content in Online Videos Using Multimodal Hierarchical Cross-Attention
Bikaki, Athina An Exploration of Affective Speech in Different Languages
Carroll, Thomas Patrick Extending Dynamic Traffic Assignment Using the Selfless Traffic Routing Model
Dang, Vu Minh Hoang Data Quality in NLP: Metrics and Comprehensive Taxonomy
Griffin, Robert Richard Designing Mobile MRI Scanners: Mass Efficiency of Halbach Ring Design Parameters
Hussain, Aftab Trojan Detection in Large Language Models of Code
Karihaloo, Vivek Basic Linear Algebra Operations on TensorCore GPU
Kiran, Fettah Relatable and Humorous Videos Reduce Hyperarousal in Math Exams
Lee, Meng-Chen Online Multimodal End-of-Turn Prediction for Three-party Conversations
Mahin, Md Norma: A Framework for Finding Threshold Associations Between Continuous Variables Using Pointwise Functions
Nguyen, Dustin Contrastive Viewpoint-aware Shape Learning for Long-term Person Re-Identification
Roy, Shanto Cyber Deception against Adversarial Reconnaissance in Enterprise Network using Semi-Indistinguishable Honeypot
Sampathkumar, Urmila Postoperative shape estimates for reconstructive breast surgeries
Sarbajna, Raunak Accurate Geolocation and Navigation Through Landscape Recognition Using Visual Place Recognition
Si, Lei Structure of Hex-dominant Meshes and Its Improvement
Varghese, Robin Accelerating Gradient Descent Using Data Summarization For Weight Initialization
Zafar, Adeel Extract and Characterize Hairpin Vortices in Turbulent Flows
Zhou, Xiantian Graph Analytics with Data Science Languages


Participants will be considered for the following awards:

  1. Best Poster
  2. Honorable Mention
  3. People's Choice
  4. People's Choice Runner-Up
For Spring 2024, all CS PhD students who have completed their proposal defense are strongly encouraged to participate while those who have passed the PhD RCE exam are eligible to participate.

Expectations and Timeline:

  1. Register by Friday, February 16, 2024. Refer to email invitation with registration link.
  2. Registered students will be added to PhD Showcase Class in Canvas on Monday, February 19, 2024
  3. Submit draft poster via Canvas course by Friday, February 23, 2024.
  4. Attend the CS Poster Design and Lightning Talk Information Session on Friday, March 1, 2024, 1PM-3PM, PGH 563.
  5. Submit a final poster via Canvas for printing by March 8, 2024.
  6. Submit a a lighting talk slide (1 slide) via Canvas by TBA.
  7. Present on Friday, March 22, 2024.

Organizing Committee

Dr. Guoning Chen, chair (gchen22 at central dot uh dot edu)
Des Jonee Baldwin
Dr. Om Gnawali
Matthew Pariyothorn
Dr. Jaspal Subhlok