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Undergraduate Research Summer Institute Symposium

September 26, 2018

Villard Room


3:00 - Introductory Remarks

Jon Chenette, Dean of the Faculty
Jennifer Kennell, Director of URSI

3:15 - Students’ Oral Presentations on Summer Research

Late-Pleistocene and Holocene Vegetation and Climate History of Dyken Pond in Resselaer County, New York, USA
Ray Cagnetta ’19, Savannah Cutler ’20, and Professor Kirsten Menking

Structural and Functional Analysis of a Novel Chitin Deacetylase from B. ovatus
Sharika Hasan ’19 and Professor Krystle McLaughlin

Determining the Viability of KELT Exoplanet Candidates
Bailey Piotrowski ’20 and Professor Colette Salyk

4:00 - Keynote Address

Small Data and the Future of Personal Health

Deborah Estrin, Tishman Professor of Computer Science and Associate Dean at Cornell Tech

5:00 - Poster Session I (odd numbered posters)

5:45 - Poster Session II (even numbered posters)

6:30 - Dinner for URSI and DIR fellows and faculty

Keynote Speaker:

Deborah Estrin (PhD, MIT; BS, UCB) is a Professor of Computer Science at Cornell Tech in New York City where she founded the Jacobs Institute’s Health Tech Hub (http://tech.cornell.edu/programs/masters-programs/ms-in-is-health-tech). Her research focuses on mobile health and small data, leveraging the pervasiveness of mobile devices and digital interactions for health and life management (TEDMED http://smalldata.io). She is co-founder of the non-profit startup, Open mHealth (http://openmhealth.org/) and sits on several advisory boards for early stage startups. Previously, Estrin was the Jon Postel Professor of Computer Science and the founding Director of the NSF-funded Science and Technology Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) at UCLA (2002-12). Estrin is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007) and National Academy of Engineering (2009). She was awarded honorary doctorates from EPFL and Uppsala.http://destrin.smalldata.io, @deborahestrin, destrin@cornell.edu

Keynote Address:

Social networks, search engines, mobile apps, IoT vendors, online entertainment, and e-commerce sites have led the way in using an individual’s digital traces to tailor service offerings, improve system performance, and make recommendations. A growing community of researchers are looking to these same “small, n=1, data” sources to create digital biomarkers for personalized health research and applications. This talk will address related activities at the Small data lab at Cornell Tech, and the larger mobile research study communities (i.e., ResearchKit(TM) and Research Stack.)