On Aug. 24 classes began at UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. It was the first opportunity for face-to-face collaboration in over a year. Faculty and students got together in the Link Lab to catch-up and share progress on cyber-physical systems research. From humorous robots, to climate resilience through crowdsourced data, to robotic surgery and even self-powering hardware for IoT, peers and faculty were excited to share ideas while contemplating the important work that will happen in the upcoming year.
"It was very refreshing to see the students in person and learn about their research during the poster session," said Tariq Iqbal, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Systems and Environment. "It was also an excellent opportunity for the students to present their work in front of their peers, particularly for the new graduate students who joined their programs during the pandemic."
“During the pandemic we were all challenged to grow and adapt under difficult circumstances and it was extremely rewarding to see and share the culmination of that persistence during the poster presentations," said computer engineering Ph.D. student Haley Green. “This was the first time that I was able to meet several of my Link Lab peers in person and present my research to Dean West.”
“It has been great being able to see friends, fellow students, and faculty again in person. Even though it's been a long time, seeing each other again feels like we haven't missed a beat,” said Jacob Nelson, civil engineering Ph.D. student and researcher in Jonathan L. Goodall’s Hydroinformatics Group. “It's also motivating to be surrounded by such fun and talented people, and reminds me that we are in this together - whether it be in our research or schooling pursuits, or in our efforts to combat the virus.”
Here are a few pictures taken during the session: