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CSE Students Win Project Competition at IRSS

Monday, August 4, 2014

Two Computer Science and Engineering graduate students affiliated with the department’s Heracleia lab teamed with a student from the University of North Texas to win first prize for their project at the IRSS competition winnersInternational Research-Centered Summer School in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics, Data and Content Analysis in July at Demokritos in Greece.

The students – current UTA doctoral student Konstantine Tsiakis and Mike Papakostas, who will begin his doctoral studies at UTA in the fall, and UNT student Natalie Parde – won the competition for their project, "Fun, Dynamic, Multimodal Robot Learning with I Spy and 20 Questions."

“We are very proud of Konstantine and Mike for their work on multimodal robot learning games to associate natural language processing and vision for object learning,” said UTA Heracleia Lab director Fillia Makedon. “Tsiakas was there as a Demokritos fellow and, as the lead student of the project, he had to co-advise the team and formulate the scientific basis of the project.”

The IRSS Summer School has an innovative format. It is research-centered, with a strong focus on mini-projects of month-long duration, carried out by multiple teams of 3-4 students with a mix of academic levels. Selected seminars and lectures also take place, but take only two hours or less per day. The outcome of the summer school includes numerous scientific publications and longer-term collaborations.