In the Spring of 2015, now graduated Seniors Thomas Lux, Randall Pittman, and Maya Shende took part in a course on Machine Learning taught by Dr. Anil Shende in the Computer Science department. As part of this course, these students explored how they could use their new found talents to aid the Roanoke College admissions department.
The students continued their work through the 2015-2016 academic year, which resulted in a paper being accepted to the Workshop on Big Data Analytics held in conjunction with the ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers in Como Italy this past May.
Thomas, Randall, and Maya presented their research twice during the course of their trip: Once as a presentation at the workshop, and again as a poster at the overall conference. They received many compliments on their work, presentation, and their ability to field questions.
And of course, what trip to Italy would be complete without some sight-seeing! Aside from visiting Lake Como, the CS crew decided to take some time traveling to various locations near by, such as the Duomo in Milano, the Roman Colosseum and Forum, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, and more.
And of course enjoyed plenty of coffee and gelato during their visit!