Launched in October of 2020, the MIT and Accenture Convergence Initiative for Trade and Know-how underscores the methods by which trade and expertise come collectively to spur innovation. The five-year initiative goals to attain its mission by way of analysis, training, and fellowships. To that finish, Accenture has as soon as once more awarded 5 annual fellowships to MIT graduate college students engaged on analysis in trade and expertise convergence who’re underrepresented, together with by race, ethnicity, and gender.
This yr’s Accenture Fellows work throughout disciplines together with robotics, manufacturing, synthetic intelligence, and biomedicine. Their analysis covers a wide selection of topics, together with: advancing manufacturing by way of computational design, with the potential to learn world vaccine manufacturing; designing low-energy robotics for each shopper electronics and the aerospace trade; growing robotics and machine studying methods that will assist the aged of their properties; and creating ingestible biomedical units that may assist collect medical information from inside a affected person’s physique.
Scholar nominations from every unit inside the College of Engineering, in addition to from the 4 different MIT faculties and the MIT Schwarzman School of Computing, had been invited as a part of the appliance course of. 5 distinctive college students had been chosen as fellows within the initiative’s second yr.
Xinming (Lily) Liu is a PhD scholar in operations analysis at MIT Sloan College of Administration. Her work is targeted on behavioral and data-driven operations for social good, incorporating human behaviors into conventional optimization fashions, designing incentives, and analyzing real-world information. Her present analysis seems to be on the convergence of social media, digital platforms, and agriculture, with explicit consideration to increasing technological fairness and financial alternative in growing nations. Liu earned her BS from Cornell College, with a double main in operations analysis and pc science.
Caris Moses is a PhD scholar in electrical engineering and pc science specializing in synthetic intelligence. Moses’ analysis focuses on utilizing machine studying, optimization, and electromechanical engineering to construct robotics methods which are sturdy, versatile, clever, and may study on the job. The expertise she is growing holds promise for industries together with versatile, small-batch manufacturing; robots to help the aged of their households; and warehouse administration and achievement. Moses earned her BS in mechanical engineering from Cornell College and her MS in pc science from Northeastern College.
Sergio Rodriguez Aponte is a PhD scholar in organic engineering. He’s engaged on the convergence of computational design and manufacturing practices, which have the potential to impression industries reminiscent of biopharmaceuticals, meals, and wellness/diet. His present analysis goals to develop methods for making use of computational instruments, reminiscent of multiscale modeling and machine studying, to the design and manufacturing of manufacturable and accessible vaccine candidates that would finally be accessible globally. Rodriguez Aponte earned his BS in industrial biotechnology from the College of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.
Soumya Sudhakar SM ’20 is a PhD scholar in aeronautics and astronautics. Her work is targeted on the co-design of latest algorithms and built-in circuits for autonomous low-energy robotics that would have novel functions in aerospace and shopper electronics. Her contributions deliver collectively the rising robotics trade, built-in circuits trade, aerospace trade, and shopper electronics trade. Sudhakar earned her BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton College and her MS in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.
So-Yoon Yang is a PhD scholar in electrical engineering and pc science. Her work on the event of low-power, wi-fi, ingestible biomedical units for well being care is on the intersection of the medical machine, built-in circuit, synthetic intelligence, and pharmaceutical fields. Presently, the vast majority of wi-fi biomedical units can solely present a restricted vary of medical information measured from outdoors the physique. Ingestible units maintain promise for the following era of non-public well being care as a result of they don’t require surgical implantation, may be helpful for detecting physiological and pathophysiological alerts, and can even operate as therapeutic options when therapy can’t be finished externally. Yang earned her BS in electrical and pc engineering from Seoul Nationwide College in South Korea and her MS in electrical engineering from Caltech.