Texas A&M Graduate Student Wins Fellowship at Canterbury.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Danielle Cummings, graduate student in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded a NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute (EAPSI) fellowship for 2012 and will take it up at the University of Canterbury.
Cummings will conduct research in biosensor data visualization via augmented reality in Christchurch, New Zealand, with Dr. Mark Billinghurst in the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Canterbury.
Cummings is a Ph.D. candidate in computer science and research member of the Sketch Recognition Lab directed by Dr. Tracy Hammond, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Cummings says, "This is an amazing opportunity to collaborate with some of the best research labs in the world. (I'm) very excited to represent Texas A&M and the U.S. as we conduct research with our partner universities overseas this summer."
Cummings has two bachelor degrees from The Ohio State University in computer science and in multimedia design, and an M.S. in software engineering from the University of Houston. Her research interests are in mobile computing, data visualization and augmented reality. Cummings has been recognized for her work on GeoTrooper, which won best poster awards in 2011. She has been honored with the People's Choice Award at the Tapia Conference for Diversity in Computing in April 2011 and elected to the Anita Borg Institute Board of Advisors.
EAPSI awardees receive a $5,000 stipend and roundtrip international airfare. Foreign co-sponsoring organizations will provide additional support to cover EAPSI fellows' living expenses. The National Science Foundation's EAPSI provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan. It introduces the students to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location as well familiarizes the students with the society, culture and language of the location. One of the primary goals of EAPSI is to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.