CSIS student wins Three-Minute Thesis contest

Three-Minute ThesisAbhishek Shah, a Computer Science and Information Systems major at Youngstown State University, placed first in YSU’s recent Three-Minute Thesis Competition.

Three-Minute Thesis, presented by the YSU College of Graduate Studies, requires students to explain their research in three minutes in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The 2022 event was held virtually.

Shah’s research is titled “Eye Tracker Analysis of Driver Visual Focus Areas at Simulated Road Network,” and the faculty advisor is John Sullins, associate professor of CSIS.

Placing second in the competition is Chemistry major Van Nguyen for research titled “Development and Application of an ICP MS Procedure for the Determination of Metals in Soils, Sediments and other Environmental Samples.” Faculty advisor is Joe Simeonsson, professor of Chemistry.

Honorable mention awards went to: 

  • Humra Ahsan, Computing and Information Systems, “A Study of Machine Learning Interpretability for Tabular Data with Mixed Data Types.”
  • Michael Deak, Biological Sciences, “A Buff Bradypus or an Elephantine Edentate? Physiological and Ecological Insights into Giant Ground Sloth Integument.”
  • Bhanu Sri Pilla, Electrical Engineering, “Smart Drone Three Phase Motor Drive.”
  • Mitchell Topf, History, “Falling into Place: Israel, Syria, Arlen Specter, and the Greater Prospect of Middle Eastern Peace 

The Three Minute Thesis, developed by the University of Queensland, is designed to develop academic, presentation, and research communication skills.