Research Day 2012

Informatics students present their work at IUPUI Research Day

April 13, 2012

Thirteen informatics graduate students and one undergraduate presented research posters or gave an oral presentation at IUPUI Research Day today in the Campus Center and Cavanaugh Hall.

Research Day is a celebration of research and scholarly activity at IUPUI. The program includes graduate, professional and undergraduate student sessions; faculty award recognitions, a keynote address and faculty research posters and exhibit sessions and a networking reception. This year’s keynote speaker was Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director of the National Science Foundation.

The event provides an opportunity for IUPUI faculty, staff, students and their academic, industrial, governmental and the broader community, to learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, explore new collaborations and lay the foundation for new partnerships.

This year’s Informatics presenters and their projects include:

  • Informatics graduate student Sonya Waterhouse gave an oral presentation entitled, “Characteristics of Museum Exhibit Learning Objects in the 21st Century.” Her mentor is Joseph Defazio, associate professor of Media Arts and Science.
  • Health informatics graduate student Saeed Mehrabi presented the poster “Identification of Cause and Effect of Causal Sentences of Geriatric Care Domain Using Conditional Random” with Anand Krisnan of IUPUI. Their advisor is Mathew Palakal, associate dean for graduate studies and research and professor of informatics.
  • Robin Catania and Jacob Wright, both informatics graduate students, presented the poster “Comparison of 3D Volume Registration Techniques Applied to Neurosurgery” with Romil Verma and Chris Cottingham, engineering and technology students, and Thanh Nguyen and Ashutosh Kale, science students. Their mentors are Albert William, research associate in media arts and science, and Lauren Christopher of engineering and technology and Mihan Tuceryan of science.
  • Human-computer interaction graduate students Preethi Srinivas and Himalaya Patel presented the poster “Uncanny Valley and Emotional Empathy: A Study of the Effects of Human Likeness and Eeriness on Empathetic Reactions During an Image Categorization Task,” with their mentor, Karl MacDorman, associate professor of human-computer interaction.
  • Debaleena Chattopadhyay, human-computer interaction graduate student, presented the poster “Novel Interaction Techniques for Collaborating on Wall-Sized Displays” with science students Li He and Yuan Jia. Their advisor is Davide Bolchini, assistant professor, human-computer interaction.
  • Human-computer interaction graduate students Romisa Rohani Ghahari and Jennifer George-Palilonis presented the poster “Anfora (Aural Navigation Flows on Rich Architectures) with their advisor, Davide Bolchini, assistant professor, human-computer interaction.
  • Amy King, media arts and sciences undergraduate student, presented her poster, “Pervasive Technology to Reduce Road Rage: A Study on the Effects of Metabolic Changes in Individuals While Driving.” Her advisors are Wade Mitchell, visiting lecturer in human-computer interaction, Joseph Defazio, associate professor of media arts and science, and Todd Shelton, visiting lecturer in media arts and science.
  • Human-computer interaction graduate student Afarin Pirzadeh presented the poster “Expression of Emotion in Instant Messaging.” Pirzadeh’s advisor is Mark Pfaff, assistant professor of media arts and science and human-computer interaction.
  • Bioinformatics graduate students Tulip Nandu and Meeta Pradhan presented the poster “Elucidating Gene Signatures that Control the Circadian Rhythm in Cyanobacteria Using Bioinformatics Methods” with their advisor, Mathew Palakal, associate dean for graduate studies and research and professor of informatics.
  • Kshitija Nagulapalli and Meeta Pradhan, bioinformatics graduate students, presented their poster “Identification of Gene Signatures for Colorectal Cancer Across Population” with their advisor Mathew Palakal, associate dean for graduate studies and research and professor of informatics.

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