Informatics students shine in Undergraduate Research Symposium

iSchool Informatics students presented nine research projects as part of the Sixteenth Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, one of the largest in the country. The event attracts more than 1,000 student participants from all disciplines and across all three UW campuses.

The Symposium provides an opportunity for students to explain their work to a general audience, resulting in valuable discussions among faculty, staff, students and community members.

Half of the Informatics projects in this year’s Symposium involved work done for Capstone – the culminating project required for iSchool graduation. In Capstone projects, students identify an information problem in a real-world setting and develop the means to address it.

Capstone project collaborators include organizations from the public, private and non-profit sectors, and each project represents a concrete example of what it means to design and build novel applications of technology that meet the needs of people.

Poster Presentations

Unearthing XBRL
Jeff Cairns


U-District Job Co-op: A Design Vision for Connecting Homeless Young People to Community Jobs
Thuy Dung

D-Jargonizer: A Tool for Reading Technical Text
Meran Hill, Dane Paschal, Linus Willson, David Wilcox

Specialty Search Engine Design: an Empirical Study on the Optimization of Specialty Search Algorithms and Architecture
Marissa Ho, Brennen Smith (pre-sciences)

Chess Scouter
Andre Stackhouse, Ari Ashkenazi, Brenna Smith, Dominic Andrea

Triage Project
Padmavathy (Padma) Vaithyam, Diana Jiang, Neeraja Duriseti

Oral Presentations

UW Mobile Payments Battleground
Ezra Park, Brian Fu, Curtis Howell

Improving the Method for Ordering and Paying for Drinks at Bars
Curtis Howell, Ezra Park, Patrick Su

An Examination of Digital Inclusion Efforts in Migrant Youth of the Yakima Valley
Bryan Dosono