Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vote for CSE grad student Andrew Huynh and the search for Genghis Khan’s Tomb

Today NSF launched its three-day 2012 IGERT Online Video and Poster Competition, which is live online at One student from each of the 114 IGERT programs is selected to provide a poster as part of the annual IGERT meeting in Washington, D.C.  

Representing Calit2's IGERT this year is second-year Computer Science and Engineering graduate student Andrew Huynh, who participated in Albert Lin's expedition to Mongolia and produced a poster on "Defining the Undefined: Harnessing the Public in the Search for Genghis Khan's Tomb." You can watch a video and delve into Andrew's great poster at Also there: read an abstract, join the discussion, ask questions, and vote directly on the site and by "Liking" the presentation on Facebook. The presentation with the most votes ("Likes") as of 12PM EDT on Friday, May 25 will receive the Public Choice award.

It's a great way to learn about cutting-edge research being conducted across IGERT programs and a way to learn from each other and make connections.   This year's competition includes videos as well as posters.

Andrew -- whose interests are in human computation, machine learning and computer vision -- has three ways to win one of 25 awards for travel for professional development activities. One is by winning the Public Choice award. Current faculty, students and alumni involved in the IGERT program are also eligible to vote for him to receive one of four Community Choice awards. And ultimately, NSF IGERT PIs at the annual meeting will vote on 20 recipients of travel awards based purely on the academic merit of the presentations.

Here at UC San Diego, there are two active IGERT programs: Calit2's cultural heritage engineering project; and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography-based IGERT on Global Change, Marine Ecosystems and Society (represented this year by Micah Gell-Redman). His topic: "A military approach is required: The political logic of disease control on a warming planet."

There are a lot of great presentations now posted on the competition website, but we're especially proud of Andrew’s poster and video that explore the use of crowdsourcing in exploration. The project was also highlighted in a recent National Geographic documentary, "Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan."

Be sure to vote at and send the link to your friends and social networks. And you can vote for more than one project! For more about the IGERT TEECH project, visit