MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference
MIT URTC
Virtual Conference

October 8 - 10, 2021
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2021 Dates

Early Paper Submission Deadline July 11, 2021
Regular Paper Submission Deadline July 31, 2021
Regular Notification of Acceptance August 31, 2021
Poster and Lighting Talk Submission Deadline August 29, 2021
Poster and Lightning Talk Acceptance Notification September 5, 2021
Conference Dates October 8, 2021 - October 10, 2021

Sponsorship

Over the past 6 years, URTC has grown its influence, reaching students internationally and receiving 234 submissions last year. Not only will sponsors receive significant exposure to talented individuals from MIT and other top universities, but sponsors also have the opportunity to present a lightning talk, have a booth, and gain additional exposure through the distribution of t-shirts and swag. If interested, please email us at ieee-ucc-chairs@mit.edu!

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2021 Schedule
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Conference Schedule Paper Presentation Schedule Poster Presentation Schedule Lightning Talks Schedule

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Friday, October 8th

IoT and ML have created great leaps forward in creating new experiences and ways for technologists to create solutions. This innovation isn’t limited to urban or industrial scenarios, conservation has started to leverage these same ideas. Join Sarah Maston, Senior Program Manager for Azure Sphere and Founder of Project 15 from Microsoft, who will share the story of Project 15; from where the idea came from to partnering with the GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by the United Nations Development Program. How the invention of the Project 15 Open Platform (http://aka.ms/project15code) has helped enable scientific developers all over the world. We, as a technical community, have valuable skills to contribute to help conservation science and Sarah will explore some of the ways in which you can get involved.

Data routinely collected in the process of care are heavily influenced by long-standing social, cultural, and institutional biases. Unless the underlying inequities in our communities are addressed, algorithms developed using real-world data will perpetuate, if not magnify, existing health disparities. We need to build artificial intelligence that is better than humans: less prejudiced, less biased, more fair.

Many machine learning tasks use graphs as inputs, e.g., predicting properties of molecules for drug design, predicting links for recommender systems, predicting traffic, learning simulations of particle interactions, learning combinatorial optimization algorithms, and many other tasks. But how do we mathematically represent such inputs to enable machine learning? In recent years, special neural networks for graph inputs have become very popular. In this talk, I will introduce these graph neural networks and outline some thoughts and results on analyzing what they can and cannot do.

The Formula Hybrid+Electric competition is an interdisciplinary design and engineering challenge for undergraduate and graduate university students. They must collaboratively design and build a formula-style hybrid or electric-only racecar and compete in a series of events. Join us for a panel discussion with the organizing committee and a competition alumnus as they share experiences from past competitions and details for participating in the 2022 edition, which will be hosted at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.


Saturday, October 9th

Semiconductor devices have transformed our society several times in the last few decades. They first enabled the computer revolution, then cell phones and the internet, and more recently big data and machine learning. Far from slowing down, the impact of semiconductors and electronics in our society is accelerating, and they are the critical building block for a more efficient and sustainable future. This talk will describe some of our recent research to bring electronics everywhere, from clothes and fabrics to the surface of Venus. We will also highlight how to use electronics to save 40% of the world’s electricity, or to explore the limits of the human body.

Massive data collection holds the promise of a better understanding of complex phenomena and ultimately, of better decisions. An exciting opportunity in this regard stems from the growing availability of perturbation / intervention data (for example in genomics, advertisement, education, etc.). In order to obtain mechanistic insights from such data, a major challenge is the development of a framework that integrates observational and interventional data and allows causal transportability, i.e., predicting the effect of yet unseen interventions or transporting the effect of interventions observed in one context to another. I will propose an autoencoder framework for this problem. In particular, I will characterize the implicit bias of overparameterized autoencoders and show how this links to causal transportability and can be applied for drug repurposing in the current COVID-19 crisis.

Join us for a panel discussion with inspiring tech leaders as they share about their experiences transitioning into life after college and beyond! There’ll be a breadth of experiences, from life as a graduate student at MIT and Oxford University to working in industry at large companies like Lockheed Martin and growing startups like SparkCharge. Learn about how our panelists shaped their career paths, including any changes that came their way. You’ll leave with insights that can help with your own transition to the “real world”!

1. Biological and Biomedical Engineering (BioEECS)
2. Circuits, Materials, and Nanotechnologies
3. Computer Systems, Theoretical Computer Science and Mathematics
4. Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5. Robotics and Controls
6. Security and Communications
7. Space Application and Technologies
8. Innovation Research

About

The 2021 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC) brings together undergraduates from around the world to present, discuss, and develop solutions to advance technology for humanity. Students may publish papers of their school projects, research, innovations, or case studies. Conference attendees will attend a rich program with keynote speeches and technical talks featuring renowned speakers, a student design competition, and networking events. The 2021 URTC conference will be hosted virtually.

2021 Speakers & Panelists

2021 Organizing Committee

Ritik Patnaik '23

Conference Co-Chair

Meenu Singh '23

Conference Co-Chair

Cathy Yung '24

Logistics Co-Chair

Dewei Feng '24

Logistics Co-Chair

Chelsea Chen '23

Publicity Chair

Tammy Chen '24

Sponsorship Chair

Robert Chen '23

Technology Chair

Neil Deshmukh '24

Logistics Team

Penny Zipei Tan '24

Logistics Team

Lucas Chu '23

Logistics Team

Qiong Zhou Huang '24

Logistics Team

Lasya Balachandran '25

Logistics Team

Gianna Torpey '23

Publicity Team

Karen Liberman '24

Technology Team

Ivy Wang '22

Conference Advisor

Fiona Cai '23

Conference Advisor

Shulammite Lim '22

Conference Advisor