UCO research student headed to D.C

Travis White, a senior at UCO, will represent the university
April 24 at the Council of Undergraduate Research’s Posters on the Hill event.
He is one of 60 participants chosen from a field of more than 800 applicants.
The event brings together students from around the country to share their research
and discoveries with a national audience.

His research involves wheelchair driving patterns. He
hopes to develop intelligent and safe control modules to help those with disabilities
who are unable to drive. White has found that traditional sensors are
expensive and require dedicated clinical staff to install and collect data.

By using sensors in smartphones, he is working to collect
wheelchair driving data and then store that information in a cloud computing
system. The mobile computing and cloud capability will be used to collect and
share date more easily.

White’s project has been underway for two years under the guidance
of his research adviser, computer science assistant professor Jicheng Fu. He
said the experience has led him to look to pursuing advanced degrees in
science.

“Undergraduate research has given me new direction and
inspired me to continue my education as far as a Ph.D. and to give back to the
academic community,” White said. “I’m very thankful that my mentor, Dr. Fu,
encouraged me to become a research assistant and has continued to push me hard
to succeed.” 

Fu praised White’s commitment to his research, and to the
CUP event.

“It has been a pleasure for me to work with Travis,” he
said. “He is a very intelligent and industrious young man. More importantly, he
respects and listens to others’ advice.”

White is set to graduate this spring, and then plans to
work in the software industry for two years as he prepares for graduate school.

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