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The RAMP Program: Paid Research Experiences Opportunity

Dear EXCEL students,

The RAMP (Research and Mentorship Program) offers research experiences for juniors and seniors.

Preference is given to first generation college students who demonstrate financial need, or to students who are members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Students must have 4 semesters left before they graduate and a 3.0 GPA.

Please go to www.ramp.ucf.edu and pre-apply to see if you qualify. The deadline for this pre-application is September 4, 2009.

If you have any question about the program or the pre-application please call 407-823-1815 or send an e-mail from the contact link of the RAMP web-site.

Article posted: 08/27/2009

McNair Scholars Program: Paid Research Opportunities for Juniors and Seniors

Dear EXCEL students,

The McNair Scholar program offers research experiences (during the summer term) for juniors and seniors.

This program is geared towards first generation college students who demonstrate financial need, as defined by federal guidelines, and for students who are members of a group traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. Students must have 4 semesters left before they graduate and a 3.0 GPA.

Please go to www.mcnair.ucf.edu and pre-apply to see if you qualify. The deadline for this pre-application is September 4, 2009.

If you have any question about the program or the pre-application send an e-mail to the McNair staff from the McNair web-site.

Article posted: 08/27/2009

Current Topics in Machine Learning I Course Offered Fall 09

If you are a junior or senior in engineering or the sciences, an elective course, EEL 4818(H),  entitled Current Topics in Machine Learning I (described below) is being offered this fall, in which professors from the School of EECS will present Machine Learning topics related to their research areas.  Honors students may register without consent of instructor.  Others should contact Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos (michaelg@mail.ucf.edu), who will coordinate registration for the course.

 

Machine Learning (ML) is a discipline that evolved from the field of Artificial Intelligence. The course’s charter is to study, develop and build models able to perform “intelligent” tasks that may be second nature for humans, but are well beyond the capabilities of traditional computing paradigms. ML has a multidisciplinary base that includes:

Mathematics (classical/combinatorial optimization, game theory, etc.)

Statistics (statistical inference, detection and estimation, etc.)

Engineering (information theory, signal processing, simulation & modeling, etc.)

Computer science (algorithmic analysis, optimal software implementations, computer vision, etc.), and

Physics & Biology (non-traditional computing paradigms, such as simulated annealing, quantum computing, genetic algorithms, swarm intelligence, etc.).

The objective of this course is to provide students with the fundamental concepts in the field of Machine Learning that will help them understand popular ML algorithms and the theory behind them. Furthermore, a variety of applications (drawn from fields such as Electromagnetics, Digital Signal Processing, Computer Vision, Remote Sensing, Communications, Pattern Recognition, to mention only a few), where ML algorithms have proven their usefulness will be emphasized.

This class will serve as a prelude to Machine Learning II (EEL 4817), scheduled to be taught in spring 2010.  It is project-oriented and its purpose is to give the opportunity to interested students to get involved with a Machine Learning project. The work that a student does in the Machine Learning II class could potentially lead into a publication at an appropriate conference venue.

For further information, please contact Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos at michaelg@mail.ucf.edu,

Article posted: 08/21/2009

SARC (Student Academic Resource Center) workshop for EXCEL students

Ms. Jennifer Wright, Director of SARC, will present a workshop for the benefit of EXCEL students on topics such as:

  • How to talk to your professors
  • How to e-mail to your professors
  • Essential Study skills in College

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at the

  • Pre-Calculus class, COM 110, 3:30 p.m., and also at the
  • Applications of Calculus I class, HPA 112, 4:30 p.m.

 

Article posted: 08/21/2009

Free Workshops on Getting Started in Undergraduate Research

There are several workshops on getting started in undergraduate research coming up in the next few weeks. These workshops are free and no RSVP is required. They will be given on the following dates:

 

Aug. 26, 1-2:30 PM (SU, 221A)

Aug. 27, 6-7:30 PM (SU, 221AB)

Sept 1, 1-2:30 PM (SU, 221 AB)

Nov. 17, 1:30-3:00 PM (SU, 218CD)

 

Questions: Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research

Located in CC II – 209, Phone: 407-823-3125, E-mail: our@mail.ucf.edu.

EXCEL students are encouraged to attend one of these workshops.

Article posted: 08/21/2009