IDSC Fellows Final Presentations Tuesday 4/30/2019

2018-2019 IDSC Fellows

IDSC Fellows Final Presentations Tuesday 4/30/2019

Join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 2:30-4:30 PM, at the Newman Alumni Center (Executive Conference Room) for the 2018-2019 IDSC Fellows’ concluding project presentations. This event is free and open to interested UM Faculty/Staff/Students.The vision of the IDSC Fellows Program is to inspire a new generation of leaders in computational science to cross the traditional boundaries between disciplines, by equipping them with new cross-disciplinary skills and experience. The Program does this by offering mentorship outside the students’ area of expertise. IDSC Fellow is a prestigious designation awarded to 4 students per year either from the graduate or the undergraduate programs, from any of the 11 Schools and Colleges.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


Robert and Judi Prokop Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Executive Conference Room (1st Floor), Coral Gables, FL 33146.  |  Map + Directions


Meet the Fellows

Yeo Jin "Amy" Ahn 2018-2019 IDSC Fellow

Yeo Jin “Amy” Ahn

Project  Automating and Accelerating the Autism Diagnostic Process

Mitsunori Ogihara, PhD | Dept. of Computer Science and IDSC
Daniel S. Messinger, PhD  |  Professor of Psychology

Amy is a PhD student in Psychology. She graduated with honors from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development and a concentration in Social and Personality Development. She joined the Early Play and Development Lab in fall of 2017. She is interested in infants’ and young children’s social interaction and how it relates to typical and atypical social and emotional development. She aims to better understand children’s social behaviors by implementing objective measurement.

Steven Anderson 2018-2019 IDSC Fellow

Steven Anderson

Project  Virtual Reality Simulations of Dyadic Medical Interactions

Daniel S. Messinger, PhD  |  Professor of Psychology
Elizabeth Reynolds Losin, PhD  |  Department of Psychology – Health Division

Steven is a PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Losin in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Division in the Department of Psychology. He received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology from Harvard University Extension School. Prior to joining the Social and Cultural Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Miami, Steven worked on developing behavioral health interventions for patients with chronic medical conditions at a healthcare technology company. His doctoral research centers on identifying sociocultural and contextual influences on pain perception in the self and others, with an applied focus on medical settings and the doctor-patient relationship. His research utilizes behavioral, neuroimaging, psychophysiological, and computational methods.

Jin Yop "Stephano" Chang 2018-2019 IDSC Fellow

Jin Yop “Stephano” Chang

Project  Development of Closed-Loop Neuromodulation of Gait and Balance Control After Spinal Cord Injury

Odelia Schwartz, PhD  |  Department of Computer Science
Brian R. Noga, PhD and James D. Guest, MD PhD FACS FRCS (C) | The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

Stephano is a Neurosurgery resident pursuing his PhD in Neuroscience with Dr. Brian Noga and Dr. James Guest at the University of Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, combining his clinical background with his scientific interest in neuromodulation for spinal cord injury. During the IDSC Fellows program, he hopes to apply a computational approach to optimize the application of neurostimulation technologies to restore function after injury.

Samanthan Mitsven 2018-2019 IDSC Fellow

Samantha Mitsven

Project  Objective Measurement of Language Development: An Investigation of Preschoolers’ Networked Social Interactions

Chaoming Song, PhD | Department of Physics
Daniel S. Messinger, PhD  |  Professor of Psychology

Samantha received her B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University in 2013 and worked as a Research Assistant and Lab Manager in cognitive and neuroimaging labs at UC Davis and Stanford University following graduation. She is currently a second year PhD student in Developmental Psychology working under the supervision of Daniel Messinger. In her work, Samantha utilizes objective, continuous measurements of children’s movement and vocalizations within preschool classrooms to understand the mechanisms by which social interactions with teachers and peers promote language development. As an IDSC Fellow, she hopes to further examine how peer social networks shape, and are shaped by, developing language capacities and how language is transmitted through the classroom through the formation and dissolution of network ties.