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

Student Testimonials on Conference experience

  • Lu Cheng

    Thanks for holding such a wonderful conference.
    My blurb on "Did the conference help you in your scientific pursuits? and how?”
    Yes, definitely. This is my first conference and it’s so nice to meet researchers outside my field of study such as psychology, cognitive science, and economy etc. They provide me with different views to understand the role of social media mining plays in social computing and behavioral-cultural modeling. Also, thank the keynote speaker and all the researchers involved in panel discussions, their passionate and educative talks and discussions motivate me in all different ways. For example, I am impressed by Dr. Osgood’s advice to young generation – Math, math and more math, concentrate on doing good work and quality will be recognized, or don’t be afraid of turning down opportunities. Besides, I got a lot of invaluable feedback for my current research from researchers in different disciplines. I’m also grateful of the mentor/mentee lunch session, we had the opportunities to ask questions that have been puzzling us for years, such as how to choose your career and what things should be cautious about when starting a start-up. I believe my school life will consistently benefit from all the invaluable advice.

  • Yao Zhou

    It was a great experience attending the SBP-BRiMS 2018 as one of the graduate consortium members. The research topics being present at this prestigious conference mainly focus on social behavior modeling and analysis. Since my own research is about human-in-the-loop dataset labeling, inference, learning as well as teaching, this conference provided a full opportunity for practice and constructive dialogues.
    The conference is held in the campus of George Washington University, which is an ideal platform for an earlier discussion of my posting graduation plans. Because it is a nation-wide forum, consist of researchers, company professionals, and academic mentors who are experts both in industry and academia. There are more than one thing that I have learned from my peer students, college professors during the consortium discussion on Friday. We have talked about the proper way of writing grant proposal if we are pursuing a tenure-track faculty position, as well as how to select the students as an advisor. From another perspective, we have talked about that what are the discriminative differences between working as a researcher in university and in industry.
    Overall, the discussion results are fruitful, and I have gained a lot of insight regarding how to make professional choices after graduation. I am very much thankful to the SBP-BRiMS Doctoral Consortium committee to award me with such a great opportunity to present my work and to discuss with other experienced mentors. I feel much honored to become part of this conference.

  • Arun Reddy

    The following are the three different ways the conference helped me in my scientific pursuits:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

  • Tuja Khaund

    SBP-BRiMS 2018 was my first conference where I had the opportunity to present my work in front of renowned researchers. My paper was well received and all the feedback was very positive. I also had the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation with some of the best people in the field of social computing. The conference helped me tremendously. I also interacted with fellow researchers who are much focused in their work and are doing very well. This helps me a lot in my scientific journey when I meet fellow PhD students, who are doing exceptional work, and share knowledge. Starting from the first day with the tutorials until the last day, I tried to become a sponge and gather as much knowledge as I could. It was overwhelming but I realized that the competition is real and I need to keep working harder in order to make it to the top. Also, it was my first trip to Washington, DC and I truly enjoyed my stay. This conference has motivated me to submit again next year and be able present my work to a bigger audience.