2018 International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation
July 10-13, 2018, Lehman Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
The following are the three different ways the conference helped me in my scientific pursuits:
- As a student attending the doctoral consortium, I got to present my thesis work during the poster presentation to faculty and fellow student participants attending the conference. The interdisciplinary nature of the conference turned out to be a great place to present my work to a wide range of audience, both social scientists and computer scientists. Suggested ideas could help me in extending my work. The exercise also helped me in understanding and addressing the challenges in presenting my work to researchers outside the computer science community.
- The presentation and discussion with other doctoral consortium students helped me to get some feedback and suggestions on my work. The ideas are helpful towards extending my research and possibly new collaborations in the future.
- Finally, the mentor/mentee lunch during the consortium gave me an opportunity to clarify career-related questions, and the questions from fellow consortium participants helped me too. The career advice from the mentors, the books they suggested have helped me to get a good understanding of the life in academia and work in the industry. The insightful discussion like the set of discriminative features to choose between academia and industry; how to write grants; managing and selecting students at university lab settings will be of great help in my future career.
Also, at the social end, the conference gave me an opportunity to meet other fellow researchers in the community.