ERSP National Conference (Virtual)

About the Conference

The first ERSP National Virtual Conference will be held on September 24, 2022 from 10am PT/1pm ET through 1:15pm PT/4:15pm ET on Zoom. It will provide a chance for students who have participated in ERSP to present their work to a national audience.

Attend the Conference

The conference will be held on Zoom. It is free and open to everyone who wants to attend (ERSP participants, all other students, faculty, parents, friends, etc.). You must register here in advance by filling out the registration form below. After you register, you will receive a zoom link for the conference. Note that the registrations are reviewed manually so it will likely take a few days before you receive the link.


Conference Program (Subject to Change)

All Times in Eastern Standard Time.

  • 1-1:15: Introductions/icebreakers

  • 1:15-1:50: Live keynote speaker: Eddie Tapia (ERSP UCSD 2016-2017 alum)

  • 1:50-2: Break

  • 2-3: Longer Talks* (10-minute slots)

          • 2:00: New Life For Old Phones: The Renee Project (poster), Authors: Sofie Gmerek (UC San Diego), Julia Le (UC San Diego), Jason Li (UC San Diego), Roman Ahmadi (UC San Diego)

          • 2:10: Investigating Disparities In Obtaining Internships (poster), Authors: Bradley Chester (UC San Diego), Anthony Hernandez (UC San Diego), Jose Salazar (UC San Diego), Abel Seyoum (UC San Diego)

          • 2:20: ACCT: Automatic Cell Counting with Trainable Weka Segmentation (poster), Authors: Theodore J. Kataras (UC Riverside), Tyler J. Jang (UC Riverside, UC San Diego alum), Jeffery Koury (UC Riverside), Hina Singh (UC Riverside)

          • 2:30: Analysis and Improved Implementation of Opinion Dynamics Models (poster), Authors: Anupama Sitaraman (UMass Amherst), Zaid Takriti (UMass Amherst), Susan Ubogu (UMass Amherst), Sarika Desai (UMass Amherst)

          • 2:40: Enhancing TB Diagnosis Using Boolean Relationships (poster), Authors: Daniel Hernandez (UCSD), Nikki Rejai (UC San Diego), Xinyi Wang (UC San Diego), James Cole (UC San Diego)

          • 2:50: Evaluating the Role of Linguistics in Transformer-Based Multilingual Text Classification (poster), Authors: Aesha Parekh (UC Santa Barbara), Lily Ou (UC Santa Barbara), Samhita Honnavalli (UC Santa Barbara), Sophie Groenwold (UC Santa Barbara)

  • 3-3:20: Small group networking with poster presenters

  • 3:20-3:30: Break

  • 3:30-4: Lightning talks* (5 minutes) [parallel sessions]

        • Track 1:

          • 3:30: Science Learning through WearableLearning (poster), Authors: Vivien Jamba (UMass Amherst), Vivienne Tam (UMass Amherst), Foram Patel(UMass Amherst), Varun Ritesh Gandhi (UMass Amherst)

          • 3:35: Quality of Experience Estimation for WebRTC Based Video Conferencing Applications (poster), Authors: Qishen (Sam) Liang (UC Santa Barbara), Ethan Wu (UC Santa Barbara)

          • 3:40: Inverse Rendering for Mobile Computer Vision Applications (poster), Authors: Nitya Agarwal (UC San Diego), Amanda Kristanto (UC San Diego), Nicholas Chua (UC San Diego), Saarthak Trivedi (UC San Diego)

          • 3:45: Autonomous Vehicle Trajectory Forecasting for Saliency Modeling​ (poster), Authors: Dongwook Kim (UC San Diego), Yingkai Lee (UC San Diego), Ryan Choi (UC San Diego), Sherwin Motlagh (UC San Diego)

          • 3:50: Sandboxing libjpeg in TensorFlow (poster), Authors: Michael Granado (UC San Diego), Lauren Chen (UC San Diego), Anokhi Mehta (UC San Diego), Jenelle Truong (UC San Diego)

          • 3:55: Single/Two-frame(s) Volume Estimation of the Left Ventricle using Convolutional Neural Networks (poster), Authors: Henry Lin (UMass Amherst), Nitya Aryasomayajula (UMass Amherst), Dawn Varughese (UMass Amherst), Sneha Pullanoor (UMass Amherst)

        • Track 2:

          • 3:30: The Human Gut Microbiome as it Compares to Animals (poster), Authors: Shria Arcot (UC San Diego), Joelle Faybishenko (UC San Diego), Nathalie Franklin (UC San Diego), Arely Alvarez (UC San Diego)

          • 3:35: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Data Centers (poster), Authors: Jessalyn Wang (UC San Diego), Ann Luong (UC San Diego), Kailey Wilkens (UC San Diego)

          • 3:40: Reverse Engineering CPUs to Discover Security Vulnerabilities​ (poster), Authors: Jae Won Kim (UC San Diego), Dante Tanjuatco (UC San Diego), Jennifer Wong (UC San Diego), William Jin (UC San Diego)

          • 3:45: Implementation of Distribution Testing Algorithms (poster), Authors: John Wu (UC San Diego), Aoxi Li (UC San Diego), Juyoung Park (UC San Diego), Wanting Mao (UC San Diego)

          • 3:50: Stimulus Optimization For Retinal Implants (poster), Authors: Vanessa Salgado (UC Santa Barbara), Sriya Aluru (UC Santa Barbara), Harshita Gangaswamy (UC Santa Barbara), Shivani Sista (UC Santa Barbara), Gita Supramaniam (UC Santa Barbara)

  • 4-4:15: Closing social

*All presentations will be pre-recorded. At least one presenter from each team will be present at the conference. Attendees can interact with the presenter in Zoom chat while their presentation video is playing, and ask questions of the presenters during the breaks.

Important Dates

  • Submissions due: June 15, 2022, 11:59pm Pacific Time.

  • Notification of acceptance: On or before July 15, 2022

  • Video presentations due: September 9, 2022
    Submission link

  • Conference: September 24, 2022, 1pm Eastern Time until 4:15pm Eastern Time. (Registration link) Please register no later than Sept 23.

Instructions for Presenters

Deadline to submit recorded presentations: September 5, 2022 (11:59pm Pacific Time)
Submit the link to your presentation here:

All presentations will be pre-recorded and played from video at the conference. Presenters will be required to record and submit a 10 minute (long presentations) or 5 minute (lightning talks) video presentation by September 9. Your video must meet the following requirements:

  • It must be uploaded to YouTube. Please make sure your video is either public or unlisted (i.e. we will be able to see it but no one else will be unless you give them the link), but NOT private.

  • It must be captioned with subtitles. Click the link for more information about how to caption your video on YouTube. Remember to leave space at the bottom of your slides/video for these captions.

  • It must be no longer than the time limits posted above.

You may use any method you like to create your videos. Two popular methods are to use Zoom or PowerPoint. There are countless resources and videos online about how to record presentations using either of these methods, but if you are having trouble, feel free to reach out.

Submit Your Work

NOTE: The submission deadline has passed.

We invite all students who have participated in ERSP at any site in any cohort to submit their ERSP poster for presentation at the National Virtual Conference. At least one member of the research team must be available to attend the full conference and give a live presentation.

To submit a poster to be considered for presentation, please prepare the following materials:

  • A 250-word (<2000 characters) abstract

  • A PDF of your poster

The deadline for submission has passed.

Selection Criteria

Submissions will be reviewed for clarity, scope, and quality of the research.

Posters that are accepted for presentation will be accepted as one of the following presentation types:

  • Long format talks: Presenters will have a 15 minute slot to present and discuss their work. They may supplement their poster with slides if desired and will have time to discuss their work with the audience.

  • Lightning talks: Presenters will have 5 minutes to present their work. They will give a 2-3 minute lightning talk and have time for 2 minutes of interaction with the audience.


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Leadership Team

  • Christine Alvarado, UC San Diego, contact:

  • Joe Hummel, University of Illinois, Chicago/Northwestern University

  • Cynthia Lee, Stanford

  • Diba Mirza, UC Santa Barbara

  • Renata Revelo, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • Neena Thota, UMass Amherst