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Facilitator: Dom Huh
Company: Netbrain.ml

We will introduce basic concepts in Artificial Intelligence, with an emphasis on practical Implementation. Requires basic understanding of programming and algebra.

Facilitator: Malika Grayson, Applications Portfolio Manager
Company: Northrop Grumman Corporation

Learn about my journey from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to Northrop Grumman Corporation. Hear about the exciting technology at Northrop Grumman and my experiences throughout the journey to get here. We will touch on a variety of topics including job, internships, and the power of STEM degrees.
Facilitator: David Binning
Company: George Mason University

Have you ever watched water flow downhill? Have you ever seen the water suddenly JUMP and start to flow much deeper and slower? We'll make water jump in the civil engineering hydraulics laboratory. You'll have a chance to operate a hydraulic model and see how it travels over dams, under gates and how to make it jump. Join us for this hands on chance to play with amazing fluid we call "water"!
Facilitator: Daniel M. Lofaro
Company: Lofaro Labs Robotics

In this workshop we will explore musical timbre from an engineer’s point of view. We will create basic waveforms (square, triangle, saw-tooth, etc) and combine them. We will listen to the resulting sound and use instrumentation to determine what the physical wave looks like. Finally, other methods will be used to demonstrate the power of music in the real-world.
Facilitator: Mike Briscoe
Company: American Society of Naval Engineers

Two teams of GMU students have been hard at work designing the hull and electrical systems to compete in a five-mile race during the Multi-Agency Craft Conference at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard this Summer. See the process, results and next steps in this engineering journey.
Facilitator: Vivian Motti, Assistant Professor
Company: George Mason University

Wearable computers have become more popular recently. Thanks to their versatility wearable computers have been applied in entertainment, fitness, education and healthcare. A number of form factors exist, but wrist-worn devices including smartwatches and fitness trackers as well as head-mounted displays used for virtual reality games stand out as the most popular wearable technologies in use nowadays. Wearable devices are used continuously, in close contact to the user body and they are able to collect a lot of data about the users. To ensure that such devices are easy to use and comfortable for end users, it is essential to carefully consider human factors when designing novel applications. This talk gives an overview on wearable technologies, focusing on the users’ perspectives. In a hands-on activity, you will also have the opportunity to build your own wearable prototype.

Facilitator: Michael Briscoe
Company: edMe Learning

Interested in AI? Our work grows from ongoing GMU doctoral research focusing on chatbots and artificial intelligence to understand what people know and connect them to personalized learning feedback. Join us to make your very own chatbots and learn how to develop Artificial Intelligence of your own!
Facilitator: Dom Huh
Company: Netbrain.ml

We will introduce basic concepts in Artificial Intelligence, with an emphasis on practical Implementation. Requires basic understanding of programming and algebra.

Facilitator: Kirthi Kumar, Founder and CEO
Company: SheSoft

Looking for inspiration on a STEM project and combine your passion with computer technology? This is the right session for parents to inspire their children to get them engaged in ever growing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Parents and students can learn what inspired an aspiring high school student to get involved in STEM education. Students can learn step-by-step building blocks for STEM projects (School, Regional, State, National, Google, and others). In addition, they will learn how to apply computer technology and software to STEM projects so that they can pursue their passion and contribute to their communities.
Facilitator: Jothi Arul Prakash Ponnusami
Company: Blockchain at Mason

Any idea about Blockchain? A tech that allows digital information to be distributed, but not copied. You may hear it described as a “digital ledger” stored in a distributed network. Join us to know about some interesting facts about Blockchain and its real-time contribution in various fields.
Facilitator: Yue Hao
Company: George Mason University

Origami is an ancient art of paper crafting that finds many new applications in robotics, manufacturing, and architectures. Researchers have recently explored several exciting frontiers in origami engineering, including self-folding robots that can transform between shapes, super-compact deployable satellite solar panels, and green buildings with foldable facade. Topics of this session will include a presentation and hand-on activities in folding and unfolding three-dimensional polyhedra, and the self-folding fabrication using laser forming.
Facilitator: Don Almeida, Manager
Company: CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

There are more than 2.1 million apps in the Apple App Store available for download and another 2.4 million apps in the Google play store. Mobile development is quickly becoming a "must have" for organizations to improve their reach to their customers. Come see how you can build Apps for the App Store in just under 20 minutes. You will get a chance to see first-hand how engineers and developers think and build apps for their organizations. You will also get a chance to take home few important links that will help you build your own iOS apps.
Facilitator: Michael Briscoe
Company: American Society of Naval Engineers

ASNE's FLEET video game engages students in naval engineering through its modular design and easy-to-use testing interfaces. Students will learn how to use FLEET, explore naval engineering principles, and try to set the best time for an authentic Search & Rescue mission.
Facilitator: Dr. Muhammad F Islam, Systems Engineer
Company: The George Washington University

This course would teach students to take their innovative idea, brainstorm, refine and present their idea while working in a group. Systems Engineering plays a big role in all steps of innovation whether you have a solid idea or want to play with trial and error. After this course, you would be able to take your very draft idea and pitch it for success.
Facilitator: Linton Wells
Company: Sustainable Resilience (C-RASC/START-TIDES)

GMU’s Center for Resilient & Sustainable Communities (C-RASC) helps to Build Sustainable Resilience by LISTENING to communities to understand what they need, LEARNING in the course of teaching to develop lessons that can be applied elsewhere, and LASTING—building capacity in communities so they can continue to become resilient after the grants end and the students graduate. Students will have chances to imagine innovative approaches within platforms like: energy, shelter, water, food, communications. and public health and suggest cool solutions that could help build sustainable resilience.
Facilitator: Vicky Ikonomidou, Associate Professor
Company: George Mason University

Bioengineering is an exciting interdisciplinary field involving the application of engineering concepts and tools to solve problems in biology and in medicine. The mission of the Bioengineering Department at Mason is to create new knowledge and technology at the interface between engineering and bioscience to improve human health through research and education. During this session, you will learn about our department, the field of Bioengineering, including the sub-disciplines from nanotechnology to prosthetics. Topics include Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Computational Neuroscience, Medical Imaging, Neuroengineering, and Tissue Engineering.
Facilitator: Holly To, President, BMES
Company: George Mason University

Bioengineering is a multidiscplinary field that links us to medicine, sciences as well other engineering disciplines. Because of such diversity, it is difficult to pinpoint bioengineering one application. Through this session, we plan to provide different application of bioengineering through various activities in which students may engage in.
Facilitator: Bhavjeet Sanghera
Company: George Mason University

The workshop will introduce the central nervous system encompassing the brain and spinal cord and the function of the brain. The three parts of the brain, cerebrum, cerebellum and brain stem, including the hemispheres, lobes, and their functions will be explained. Brain cells or Neurons, their important parts such as the axon, dendrites will be introduced along with their function and biological neural networks. An interactive activity will be utilized to model action potentials of the neuron. Neuroscience and its applications in artificial intelligence, specifically through neural networks will be taught through a hands-on activity of testing neural networks. Topics will also cover Neurodegenerative diseases and tumors of the brain and how medical imaging is helping in diagnosis and treatment of these.
Facilitator: Jeffrey Moran
Company: George Mason University

Description: Oobleck (corn starch mixed with water) is strange stuff indeed. Oobleck is an example of a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it gets more or less viscous ("thicker" or "thinner") depending on how hard you stir it. We will make homemade oobleck and explore its unusual properties. You might be surprised at how common non-Newtonian fluids are in the real world.
Facilitator: Paul
Company: Mason ASME

A discussion of why and how you should study mechanical engineering. Perspectives from diverse students, Freshman to Senior level.
Facilitator: Leigh McCue, Associate Professor
Company: George Mason University

This session will demonstrate an app-based approach to fishing vessel safety interventions - come check out how a phone can tell a fisherman if he's in danger.
Facilitator: Patrick Murphy, Sr. Sales Engineer - Public Sector
Company: Splunk

Three core tasks for any Security Operations (aka "blue") team are to protect the organization, detect events that present a threat, and respond if those events become incidents. While attackers often seem to have the advantage, there is good news. Most organizations already have the data they need to detect, protect against, and respond to the bad guys. In this session, we will take a look at how we can ask the right questions of our data, and use the answers we get to keep our systems safe.
Facilitator: Scott J, White, PhD, Director / Associate Professor
Company: The George Washington University

Risk Assessment can be defined as a structured and systematic procedure for identifying hazards and evaluating risks in order to prioritize decisions to reduce risks to an acceptable level. The overall objective of this workshop is to demonstrate and layout approaches for risk management as they relate to information technology.
Facilitator: Jim Jones, Associate Professor
Company: George Mason University

Deleted digital files don't usually go away immediately. Instead, some or all of the original file persists over time, and the file "decays" over time, much like an ancient artifact in traditional archaeology. In this workshop, you'll see how digital files are stored and deleted on digital media, and you'll recover and interpret the remnants of previously deleted files.
Facilitator: David Rudo, Student Researcher
Company: George Mason University

With a Parrot Bebop 2, learn about drone hijacking through ARP spoofing, deauthentication attacks, and fuzzing attacks. A demonstration of a Parrot Bebop 2 being controlled from one mobile device and then hijacked to another will be on display for all to see. Learn about the various vulnerabilities of consumer drones and how they can be exploited.
Facilitator: Megan Rudo
Company: Centreville Robotics

A demo showcasing a First tech challenge robot and a First Robotic Competition Robot.
Facilitator: David Rudo, Student Researcher
Company: George Mason University

With a Parrot Bebop 2, learn about drone hijacking through ARP spoofing, deauthentication attacks, and fuzzing attacks. A demonstration of a Parrot Bebop 2 being controlled from one mobile device and then hijacked to another will be on display for all to see. Learn about the various vulnerabilities of consumer drones and how they can be exploited.
Facilitator: Malika Grayson, Applications Portfolio Manager
Company: Northrop Grumman Corporation

Learn about my journey from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago to Northrop Grumman Corporation. Hear about the exciting technology at Northrop Grumman and my experiences throughout the journey to get here. We will touch on a variety of topics including job, internships, and the power of STEM degrees.
Facilitator: Leigh McCue, Associate Professor
Company: George Mason University

This session will demonstrate an app-based approach to fishing vessel safety interventions - come check out how a phone can tell a fisherman if he's in danger.
Facilitator: Linton Wells
Company: Sustainable Resilience (C-RASC/START-TIDES)

GMU’s Center for Resilient & Sustainable Communities (C-RASC) helps to Build Sustainable Resilience by LISTENING to communities to understand what they need, LEARNING in the course of teaching to develop lessons that can be applied elsewhere, and LASTING—building capacity in communities so they can continue to become resilient after the grants end and the students graduate. Students will have chances to imagine innovative approaches within platforms like: energy, shelter, water, food, communications. and public health and suggest cool solutions that could help build sustainable resilience.
Facilitator: Vera Lichtenberg, Director, Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA)
Company: Mason Game & Technology Academy (MGTA)

Participants will learn to build their own simple game in Unity, while also exploring and experimenting with the powerful tools that unity provides game developers, for more complex 3D games.

Room : Innovation Hall, room 203
Facilitator: Ed Water


Description: Learn at this workshop, how to create a highly engaging and powerful Alexa Skill. Also learn about the key resources needed for using BigParser APIs for building powerful voice, web and mobile experiences. All attendees will get a chance to apply for the BigParser Voice AI Training course and Voice Skill Creator certification.

Facilitator: Ilhan M. Izmirli
Company: George Mason University

In this short talk, I will try to introduce the concepts of statistics and probability. Statistics is the science concerned with developing and studying methods for collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting empirical data. Two fundamental ideas in the field of statistics are uncertainty and variation. There are many situations in which the outcome is uncertain. In some cases, the uncertainty is because the outcome in question is not determined yet while in other cases, the uncertainty is because although the outcome has been determined already we are not aware of it; and this is where probability comes in. Probability is the mathematical language used to discuss uncertain events and thus it plays a key role in statistics. Any measurement or data collection effort is subject to a number of sources of variation. By this we mean that if the same measurement were repeated, then the answer would likely change. Statisticians attempt to understand and control (where possible) the sources of variation. Since statistics finds applicability in virtually all scientific fields, all natural and social scientists as well as engineers, need to have a sound understanding of statistical methods.

Facilitator: Vidhyasri Ganapathi
Company: George Mason University

Apply data analysis techniques to learn for groundhog prediction.

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