Guest Author: Geraldine Mirones
Elliot Rieflin, a graduate student this year, had the opportunity to represent CNU and NASA at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ICAI.) The annual conference was hosted in Las Vegas this summer. He had the opportunity to be sent to the ICAI after completing the task of developing a software that extracts instrument information from scientific writing.
Elliot was able to apply what he learned in the classroom even though he had not yet taken CNU’s artificial intelligence class. Instead, he applied methodologies from his algorithms and software design classes to the information extraction process.
Over the course of his summer internship, Elliot learned both hard and soft skills. Some of the soft skills included improving his ability to describe and promote his own work. Also, he improved his ability to communicate with current experts in computer science fields. On the other hand, the hard skills included learning methodologies for natural language processing, which means understanding human speech, and experience in creating formal write-ups, and proposals.
Elliot was asked if the summer internship was useful in increasing his career skills. His response: “Yes, not only did I get published, which is great on a resume, but I learned how to formally present my creation and explain its usefulness. I am sure this will be a useful technique and skill to have since I will have to describe and explain my creations to those who aren’t experts on the subject.”
Looks like Elliot had a summer full of great experiences that will last him a lifetime, what did YOU do this summer?