Real World Impact through Innovative Research and Curricular Programs
Panel Moderator
Event Type
Broadening Participation in Computing
TimeThursday, September 163:45pm - 4:30pm CDT
DescriptionThe past 18 months have elevated the urgency for academics and students to engage in the world outside the borders of the university. For those in computing and data science disciplines, this is easier said than done. At Boston University, the newly created Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences (CDS) is committed to knocking down the walls between academia and “the real world.” Come hear how, through innovative curricular programs, faculty and students are collaborating on impactful research to make a difference on issues of justice, equality, and fairness. Elaine Nsoesie, a computational epidemiologist and Assistant Director of Research at BU’s Center for Antiracist Research will talk about how she is using experiential learning programs to engage students in real-world impact while advancing her research agenda. Derry Wijaya will share learnings from working with external partners from media and civil rights to apply natural language processing to create working prototypes for news agencies seeking to understand implicit bias in their coverage of communities of color. Gonzalo Rosales, a Computer Science major at Boston University, will speak about his student journey as he pursued opportunities to bring real-world impact into his college experience by engaging in innovative curricular and co-curricular programs.