DIT group win FLAIRS-23 ?Best Student Paper Award?


DIT group win FLAIRS-23 ?Best Student Paper Award?

At the 23rd annual Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS-23), DIT PhD student Rong Hu was presented with the prestigious ?Best Student Paper? award for her paper, "Off to a Good Start: Using Clustering to Select the Initial Training Set in Active Learning". 

FLAIRS, which was held this year from May 19-21, is one of the longest running international conferences in artificial intelligence and very well respected in the field.  At this year?s conference, FLAIRS-23 continued its established tradition of presenting and discussing research in artificial intelligence and events include invited speakers, special track sessions, discussion panels, and presentations of papers and posters.  Each year the Conference encourages student authors to submit papers and makes a Best Student Paper award to the best paper written primarily by students.

According to her co-supervisor, Dr. Brian  McNamee, ?Rong's paper looks at novel ways to improve the performance of active learning systems, which are very important in making machine-learning techniques feasible for practical use.  This forms part of Rong's PhD work and this award is fitting recognition for the excellent work she has been doing since joining DIT ? and it bodes well for her future scientific career!?

Rong has been a student in DIT for the past 2 and a half years and is a member of the DIT AI Group (www.comp.dit.ie/aigroup) where she works with her supervisors Dr Brian Mac Namee and Dr Sarah Jane Delany.

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