UMKC School of Computing and Engineering students Xinjie Guan and Victoria Wu recently received awards for their research posters at the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas Women in Computing (MINK WIC) Conference.
Guan, a Telecommunications and Computer Networking Ph.D. student at the School of Computing and Engineering, received the Best Poster Award for her research on the “Reliability and Scalability Issues in Software Defined Network Frameworks.” Her poster (below right) examines some of the issues that can arise under disaster or other high-load scenarios with Software Defined Networks.
Wu, a Computer Science Undergraduate Student, received the Best Undergrad Technical Poster at the conference. Her poster (below left) was based on a REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) she participated in over the summer at Auburn University under Dr. Saad Biaz. The project focused on designing and implementing a framework for testing collision avoidance algorithms for Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs).
The second bi-annual MINK WIC Conference was held on Oct. 18-19 at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. The conference was organized by Judy Mullins, a retired teaching professor from UMKC, and Dr. Carol Spradling, an associate professor at Northwest Missouri State University. The conference focuses on the roles of women in today’s computing and technology fields, and provides an opportunity for young women to explore computing opportunities and network with others in the field.