My name is Chris and I’ll be a 3rd-year
computer science major at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities this fall.
I am originally from Lincoln, NE, and I try to visit my family in Lincoln as
much as possible. At the U of M, I work as a TA for the introductory computer
science course. I’ve found it to be very rewarding, and I plan on working as a
TA for a different class this coming semester. I’m also pursuing a music minor,
with a primary focus on jazz performance.
At the REU program, I am a member of
the Unmanned Systems lab. We attended several presentations during orientation,
each related to a specific important factor of grad school and research in
general (including financial literacy, authorship, mentorship, etc.). Over the
past week, we have been introduced to the Nimbus lab space, the faculty, grad
students, and more. At the start, we worked through an extensive ROS (Robot
Operating System) tutorial, learned how to fly Hubsan drones, studied for the
Part 107 drone certification, and became more familiar with the people and
environment around us.
the end of the week, we were grouped with a faculty member and grad students to
get started on our individual research projects. I will be working with Dr.
Detweiler and two graduate students, Pedro Albuquerque and Ji Young Lee, on a
project involving machine learning and neural networks. Last Friday, my lab
partner and I were taught about single-layer decision boundary perceptrons,
used to define a line that splits a linearly separable data set. I’m very
excited to learn more about this subject because my primary area of interest is
the end of the program, I hope to garner the necessary skills to do great
research in graduate school and in my future career.