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2021-09-16: Train Detection - 2021 Summer Internship at Bihrle Applied Research Inc

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During the end of my 2nd year as a Ph.D. student at Old Dominion University (ODU) , I was fortunate to get a remote internship at Bihrle Applied Research Inc  (BAR) -- an aerospace and aerodynamics company near NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. This is my 2nd remote internship opportunity in the United States after having an excellent internship experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Summer 2020 . Although the internship was remote, I was called for three days of on-site training to familiarize myself with  the project and tasks  I had to accomplish during the summer.  I worked as a summer intern   on a Rail- Inspector project -- a cloud-based software that automatically processes aerial imagery of railroad  tracks using machine learning and deep learning to identify track components, make measurements,  and identify defects. During the internship, I worked with the technical development team of  BAR’s Ardenna business unit to develop and enhance the AI-based algo

2021-09-15: The 21st ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2021) Trip Report

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The 21st ACM Conference on Document Engineering (DocEng 2021) was organized by the University of Limerick, Ireland and held virtually (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) from August 24th to 27th. This year, the conference received a total of 24 full paper submissions and 41 short paper submissions, from which 8 full papers (33%) and 20 short papers (49%) were accepted. This year's conference was sponsored by the ACM SIGWEB (ACM Special Interest Group on Hypertext and the Web) in co-operation with the ACM SIGDOC (ACM Special Interest Group on Design of Communication). The general chairs of DocEng 2021 were Dr. Patrick Healy and Dr. Mihai Bilauca of the University of Limerick, Ireland , and the program chair was Dr. Alexandra Bonnici of the University of Malta, Malta . @ACMDocEng 2021 is now happening! This year, the conference is held virtually and hosted by the University of Limerick, Ireland. #DocEng2021 pic.twitter.com/N5ELEX4voO — Yasith Jayawardana (@yasithmilinda) Augus

2021-09-15: Data Science High School Summer Camp 2021

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Data Science is becoming the lingua franca of the 21st century as there are more data sources today than ever before. To prepare the younger generation for the world of data science and artificial intelligence, Dr. Sampath Jayarathna at Old Dominion University (ODU) in collaboration with the ODU Computer Science (CompSci) Department organized a 10-day data science summer camp for about 14 high school students in Norfolk, Virginia from August 9th to August 20th, 2021, funded by PRA Group Inc . The program was a hybrid of onsite and virtual training sessions. This program was an intensive training program intended to prepare high school students for working with different data sources such as structured and unstructured data like text data and images. The students also learned Python programming which is currently the most popular programming language for data science. During each session, we gave the students some activities to work on based on the topics covered since the traini

2021-09-11: ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Information (BCB) Trip Report

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The  ACM Conference on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Health Information (BCB) was held virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from August 1st through August 4th, 2021.  There were 301 registered attendees this year.  For those that were not lucky enough to attend the conference, the conference proceedings are available online. This was my first time attending an ACM BCB conference.  It is the flagship conference of the  ACM Special Intertest Group on Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Biomedical Informatics (SIGBio) .  Although I did not get to travel to Chicago where the conference was originally planned to be held, the  CONFlux Virtual Platform  made it easy to attend the scheduled sessions and interact with other attendees. There were three general chairs for this year's conference:  Dr.   Jiajie Zhang of UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics,  Dr.   Hongmei Jiang of Northwestern University, and Dr. Xiuzhen Huang of Arkansas State University.   Th