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Morgan State Students Visit VACCINE

August 18, 2011

Morgan State University joined VACCINE as an official partner in early 2011 and brought a group of 15 students to the Purdue campus in June for an extensive two-week internship in visual analytics.  The students, mainly sophomores and juniors, represented numerous majors ranging from engineering/science to liberal arts. 

The first week of the program involved a group exercise in which students were given reports from various agencies, including the FBI, CIA and NSA, regarding a possible terrorist attack.  The students reviewed the reports, determined common patterns within the reports and predicted the type of attack that was being planned.  Throughout the two weeks of the program, the students visited various labs and specialized centers both on -and off-campus, including the Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue Envision Center, and the Purdue Police Department, to learn how visual analytics can be used in a variety of environments.  During a visit to the Purdue Center for Systems Integrity, students were able to view current projects being developed for use on military vehicles and in energy-related areas, such as research being conducted on wind turbines. 

The Morgan State students also learned how to create their own visualizations, which can be applied to projects at Morgan State.  At the end of the program, the students were divided into three groups—health, education, and crime.  Each group focused on data related to the topic and created graphs and maps based on the data, then presented the findings to the VACCINE faculty.  Information learned through the internship was recently used to teach Baltimore teachers how specific technologies, such as Geo-Da and Many Eyes, could be implemented as part of the school curriculum. 

In addition to learning new technologies related to visual analytics, the students spent much of their time working in groups and were able to further develop their teamwork skills.  The students left campus after two weeks of hard work, accompanied by many new ideas regarding visual analytics and its numerous applications.

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Morgan State Student Visit

Morgan State sophomores and juniors participate in two-week internship with visual analytics during June.

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