A University of Houston-Victoria student branch of an international technology company recently held its inaugural international conference, bringing together attendees from a dozen countries to discuss artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.
The Student Branch of the UHV Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers hosted the UHV International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity May 24-26 in the UHV University South Visualization Theater and via Microsoft Teams.
The conference brought together 22 participants from 12 countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Qatar, China, India, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Norway, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.
The conference provided a platform for scientists to present their research on various topics focusing on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. During the conference, 22 research papers with the work of 51 authors were presented, said Hardik Gohel, assistant professor of computer science and the faculty’s executive adviser to the student group.
“Having a conference like this is particularly beneficial for our computer information system and our computer science students, as it gives them the opportunity to reflect on how the UHV program and their training in research on artificial intelligence, data science and cybersecurity at UHV IT will help them. in their careers,” Gohel said. “The goal of the conference was to foster international collaboration between UHV and other scientists around the world, and to inform others about our growing science, technology and mathematics programs, and our future in STEM. at the UHV.”
One of the speakers at the event was Aobo Jin, assistant professor of computer science. Jin gave a presentation on artificial intelligence in games and explained how it is used in game animation. He also talked about reinforcement learning, a basic machine learning method in which an intelligent agent or computer program learns in an interactive environment through trial and error, and showed several examples using an algorithm in computer games. .
“This conference draws people to our university, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase our faculty and students, as well as a great way to market UHV and our programs to an international audience,” said Jin. “We are also able to show our capabilities in our AI programs and what our students are learning here at UHV.”
UHV Computer Science graduate student Pavithra Sivashanmugam attended the conference virtually. She was able to connect with other people who attended the conference and learn about their work in artificial intelligence and machine learning and gain more visibility that could help her in her research. She was also able to review some of the papers presented, which gave her a better understanding of how machine learning and artificial intelligence are used in various fields. She learned about blockchain technology and its use to secure smart cities, which was a new learning experience for her. She is now trying to see if she can incorporate blockchain into her research.
Since IEEE is one of the largest technical organizations in the world, hosting conferences at UHV creates opportunities for students for professional development, mentorship and personal growth, she said. declared. Students also benefit from reduced or free conference registration fees as well as access to numerous technical resources and the opportunity to gain knowledge in various technologies and hone their skills.
“The conference was well organized and each participant had enough time to present their papers,” she said. “The questions and comments from fellow attendees helped all conference attendees better understand and broaden their area of research.”