December 05, 2023
Senior Madeline Easley took first place in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering’s annual Undergraduate Research Competition. This was the second year she’s taken the top spot—a first for the department.
The award comes with a cash prize and funding to attend a research conference. Easley plans to attend the HCI International conference in Washington D.C. next summer. The conference highlights work around human-computer interaction.
Easley presented work she’s conducting with Associate Professor Jung Hyup Kim. For the past couple of years, the research team has been looking into the effectiveness of augmented reality in classrooms. This year, they studied the effects of a virtual instructor with realistic lip sync in an augmented reality environment.
Sophia McLellan and Ricardo Perez-Cruz took second at the competition for their poster on “Wait Time Reduction and Logistic Optimization at Emporium Café.”
Erin Hyde and Jada Rowe took third place for their presentation around a simulation model showing varying levels of pre-registration impact of drive-through vaccination clinics.
Abbosjon Abdullaev presented work around the probabilities of surviving in a real-life “squid game.”
Karolina Rapacz looked at on-campus navigation, essentially showing the most optimal routes students can take to their classrooms.
For his project, Brady Danek compared different betting strategies.