COEIT convenes inaugural research day to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations

Published: May 8, 2024

People mingle in large open space. Buffet in center and posters line the wall.
Attendees of COEIT's inaugural Research Day mingle at the afternoon poster session. (Image courtesy of Vandana Janeja.)

On April 19, more than 150 people gathered for the inaugural College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) Research Day. The event was an opportunity for faculty and students to showcase their research and forge interdisciplinary collaborations, including with potential industry partners in attendance. Close to 100 COEIT researchers presented work, either in talks during four concurrent morning sessions or in the afternoon poster session. 

“We are asking you to see how you can get together and solve major societal problems,” said Anupam Joshi, acting dean of COEIT, in opening remarks. 

To incentivize such collaboration, COEIT is offering funding to teams that propose projects involving researchers from two or more of the colleges’ departments. 

“The day was very well attended and several folks made new connections across departments in COEIT,” said Vandana Janeja, the associate dean for research and faculty development in COEIT. “I am already seeing a lot of interest in the interdisciplinary proposals.” 

For Tasnim Nishat Islam, a Ph.D student in computer engineering, the day was a great chance to share her work and engage with other researchers. Islam presented a poster about research she is conducting with Mohamed Younis, computer science and electrical engineering, investigating ways to measure mental stress. “I’ve already connected with others who study similar ideas,” she said.

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