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Goodrum Is Headed to 2017 Tapia Conference

Nina Welding • DATE: September 19, 2017

Micayla Goodrum is excited to be heading to the 2017 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference later this month. But she’s also feeling a bit of added pressure. Last year two fellow graduate students in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering not only participated in the graduate poster session, but they took home two of the top three prizes.

Joseph Crawford and Arturo Argueta won second and third place awards, respectively, in the graduate student poster competition at the 2016 Tapia Conference in Austin.

Argueta is pursuing his Ph.D. in computer science. Currently, he works with his advisor Associate Professor David Chiang in the Natural Language Processing Laboratory, where they are developing faster Machine Translation applications. He has also served as a teaching assistant Programming Paradigms and Data Structures. Argueta is on track to defend in 2020.

Joseph Crawford advanced to Ph.D. candidacy earlier this summer and successfully presented and defended his proposal, “Discovering Important Patterns across Networks via Network Alignment and clustering” at that time. Associate Professor Tijana Milenkovic served as his advisor.

Goodrum’s research focus is on human computer interaction. The poster she will be presenting, which is representative of her current work and shares results from an informal user study, characterizes existing software trace data for safety critical systems and developer needs in order to propose novel interactive representations to make trace data more usable for safety analysts and software developers. Goodrum’s expected graduation date is 2021, and her advisor is Ronald A. Metoyer, associate professor and Assistant dean of diversity and special initiatives.