2013 IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium

The 2013 IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium is a student-focused international forum for research, development, and design in Systems and Information Engineering. The conference will be April 26, 2013, in Charlottesville, Virginia; abstracts are due February 11, 2013.

We hope that you will join us in Charlottesville. Please share this invitation with your students and colleagues.

2013 IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium
April 26, 2013

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Abstracts Due: 2/11/2013
Accepted Papers Due: 4/1/2013

The IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS’13) is a student-focused international forum for applied research, development, and design in Systems and Information Engineering. The Symposium is the leading showcase for undergraduate and Master’s graduate design projects, such as those from capstone design courses or from baccalaureate, honors, or design-oriented graduate theses. Projects must extend beyond the analysis of systems and include the synthesis of alternative solutions to a problem. When appropriate, implementation and testing of a design is encouraged. Faculty, industry, and government project advisors are welcome coauthors.

Limited travel scholarships are available for presenting student authors.

Contributed papers are solicited that apply diverse methodologies, including:

  • Data Modeling, including Big Data, Data Analytics, and Data Mining
  • Decision Analysis and Optimization
  • Systems Integration
  • Simulation and Stochastic Modeling
  • Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering
  • Risk Analysis, Technology Management, and Policy

Papers can describe work in a wide variety of application areas, including:

  • Telecommunications and Information Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Energy
  • Robotics and Sensor Networks
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Military Applications
  • Economic and Financial Systems
  • Environmental
  • E-Business
  • Manufacturing
  • Education

Papers should emphasize the application of fundamental systems analysis and design concepts. Symposium papers presented will appear in a copyrighted CD-ROM proceedings, available on-site and through IEEE Press. Papers not accepted for the proceedings will be considered for the conference poster session.

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Student Division Call for Papers and Posters

Announcing this year’s call for papers and posters! Much like last year, the paper session will focus on Tricks of the Trade. Here, we invite students to submit papers that address problems, issues, and experiences related to succeeding within undergraduate or graduate school and enhancing use and proliferation of robust educational research methods within engineering education.

We are doing something much different with the poster session than what has been done in previous years. The poster session will be related to students’ future research and/or proposed dissertation research. The purpose of this feedback-focused poster session is to connect students with faculty and other students who can provide feedback on the proposed research. During this session, students will have the opportunity to present their proposed research and to gain insightful feedback from experts within the numerous fields and areas of interest within engineering regarding their work. Topics of interest are wide open, related to all areas of research in engineering education.

The poster session is just one of the many ways that the officers in the Student Division are trying to enhance the scholarly work of our students and to create a niche for our division at the conference.

All students are encouraged to participate in the poster session and/or paper session. The abstract submission deadline is September 21, 2012.

Congratulations 2012-2013 Officers!

The results of the recent ASEE Student Division officer elections are in! Congratulations to the new and continuing officers for the 2012-2013 term:

Division Chair – Alexandra Coso
Program Chair – Katie Nelson
Secretary/Treasurer – Kelly Cross
Membership Chair – Gurlovleen Rathore
Zone Liaison – Julie Little-Wiles
Information Chair – Kathryn Trenshaw

Let’s make it another amazing year for the Student Division!

ASEE Student Division Conference Summary – Day 1

The student division conference has had a great first day of the conference. (Pictures coming soon)

Tricks of the Trade Paper Session
The first themed Student Division paper session (tricks of the trade) had 5 presentations and over 30 attendees. The covered topics such as (1) how to use motivation theories to improve your teaching as a teaching assistant, (2) explorations about the impact of different teaching assistant on students’ grades and learning, (3) the impact of involvement in extra-curricular activities on students’ success and learning in their engineering courses and careers, (4) discussions about how to use research poster sessions to help students develop their presentation skills, confidence, and interest in graduate skill, (5) principles and advice for how students can juggle their interest in sports (or other time intensive activities) and their coursework.

Rather unexpectedly, the paper session seemed to develop a new theme of encouraging students to find what they are passionate about and use that passion to fuel their pursuit of engineering. This idea is huge! We always perform best when we care deeply about the activity itself rather than what the activity can do for us.

A special thanks to Brook Sattler (University of Washington) and Pat Ko (University of Texas-Austin) for their help with moderating the session.

SPEED special session: Improving Engineering Education Locally and Globally: An Action-Plan Session
SPEED has run many workshops all over the world to help students develop action plans for how they can create positive change in engineering education. They brought this workshop to our special session at the ASEE conference and challenged students to think deeply about their situations and change initiatives to create promising avenues for change.

Student Division Business Meeting
The student division was extremely well attended and every seat was filled! We discussed some of the coming changes to the ASEE: both good and bad. ASEE headquarters has decided to raise dues and conference fees, but we and they are working our best to make sure that the conference remains as affordable as possible for students and promotes students’ involvement with the conference.

On a more positive note, we also identified five goals for the Division for the coming year.

  • Increase Division membership and involvement at the Annual Conference
  • Strengthen Collaboration with Industry
  • Develop Network of Student Chapters at National Level
  • Further Develop Collaborations with other ASEE Divisions and Eng Ed Student Groups
  • Creating more fellowship opportunities to help students attend the annual conference

Based on these goals, we have already begun discussions with the College-Industry Partnership Division (a generous supporter of the Student Division) to explore mutually beneficial partnerships. We also want to send out a special thanks to the CIPD for their generous support which allowed us to supply free refreshments to all business meeting attendees.

Finally, we had a lot of excitement and enthusiasm from members to be more involved with the Student Division, and we had multiple nominees for every officer position – a first! The Division is growing and we hope to see the Division making an impact on the engineering education landscape.

Student Division Annual Dinner
The Student Division Annual Dinner was amazing. The event was sold out and attended by 115 students and sponsors. We celebrated the success and legacy of the Student Division and honored both previous Student Division officers and the anniversaries of some of the oldest ASEE Student Chapters.

We want to again say a special thanks to our sponsors, especially John Wiley and Sons.

Epistemic Games Post-Doc Announcement

The Epistemic Game Research (EGR) group is a research collaborative with approximately 40 scientists, researchers, staff, and students in a multi-disciplinary research group spanning 6 academic departments and 4 institutions, plus additional research sites, with funding from multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies. EGR develops educational computer games as the technological infrastructure for a new, more motivating, and more inclusive approach to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education a decade or more in the future, where students are motivated to learn STEM concepts because they play computer games based on STEM professions.

This position is funded to develop a computational model of player/mentor interactions in epistemic games, and then use that model to assess player performance and generate automated mentor responses. The project involves a research team including the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Allan Cohen and Jonathan Templin at the University of Georgia, Art Graesser at the University of Memphis, as well as four faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The postdoctoral scholar would supervise the work of graduate and undergraduate students, publish research papers, contribute to grant writing, and help shape the overall scope and direction of the research. This is an opportunity to develop skills in educational game design and assessment, computational modeling of situated action, and academic publishing, with the head of the Epistemic Games Group, Professor David Williamson Shaffer at the University of Wisconsin, serving as a direct mentor, but also with the opportunity to learn from some truly outstanding senior scholars and practitioners.

To succeed in the project, this person needs strong qualitative and quantitative research skills, good communication, leadership and interpersonal skills; he or she needs to be well-organized, and a strong writer.

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references (or reference letters that also include contact information, if you prefer) to info.epistemicgames@gmail.com.

March/April 2012 Newsletter

The Mar/Apr 2012 newsletter is posted.

Notes of special interest in this issue
– The schedule of Student Division events for the upcoming ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.
– Conference report from the 1st Graduate Engineering Education Consortium for Students Symposium.
– Resignation of the Student Division Chair