EPCC Computer Science Students Win in National Research Competition

EPCC Computer Science Students Win in National Research Competition

El Paso Community College (EPCC) Computer Science students won 1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention at the Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) National Conference in Pasadena, California, October 5-8, 2022. EPCC is the first community college to every win at this prestigious national competition.

Brian Rodel placed 1st in the Research Competition with “Improving Cybersecurity in Windmills: Towards Creating Green and Secure Technologies in Renewable Energy Systems” and Fernando Muñoz placed 2nd with the research work: “How to Program Fairness in Intelligent Systems: Breaking Status Quo Solutions by Using Explainable AI”. They competed against 70 other students. These works were developed at EPCC under the supervision of Dr. Christian Servin and Ms. Nadia Karichev.

“This is a great opportunity for students to be exposed to professional development workshops by big technology companies such as Google, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing and to participate in the research competition and the CAHSI Hackathon,” Dr. Christian Servin, EPCC Computer Science Professor said.

EPCC teams received Honorable Mention for the CAHSI Hackathon for the Password Hacking track, competing against 100 teams. EPCC students also participated in the Data Analytics and Machine Learning competition.

Research projects were in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. The students are part of the Affinity Research Group: xAI Research Institute hosted at the EPCC Valle Verde campus.

More information about the conference can be found https://gmisconference.org/

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