Paper by Zichong Wang Accepted by Machine Learning Conference

A paper co-authored by graduate student Zichong Wang (computer science), has been accepted for presentation at the European Conference on Machine Learning and Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases (ECML/PKDD 2023), which will take place Sept. 18-22 in Turin, Italy. Wang is advised by Assistant Professor Wenbin Zhang (CS).

Wang’s paper was one of 199 (24%) selected for presentation at the conference from a pool of 830 submissions. The paper is titled, “F$G^2$AN: Fairness-aware Graph Generative Adversarial Networks.”

Wang’s co-authors are Zhang and Associate Professor Charles Wallace (CS).

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On the (Virtual) Road

Library Director Erin Matas presented last week at the 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition via recorded video due to canceled travel. She delivered her paper, "Undergraduate Students Experience Cognitive Complexity in Basic Elements of Library Research," at an Engineering Libraries Division (ELD) technical session last Tuesday (June 27).

In addition to heading the library, Matas is a graduate student in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences’ Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors program.

In the News

Paul Sanders (MSE) and Cassy Tefft de Muñoz (CEO) were quoted by DBusiness Magazine in a story about the LIFT manufacturing research institute in Detroit (pages 38-41 of the digital magazine). Michigan Tech’s academic partnership with LIFT was highlighted in the magazine and mentioned in another DBusiness story on the launch of LIFT’s hypersonic materials development programs.


Lindsay Hiltunen (Library) was quoted by the Daily Mining Gazette in a story about the donation of a large collection of International Frisbee/USA Guts Hall of Fame documents to the Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections.

MTU was also mentioned in another frisbee-related DMG story about the renovation of the Julius T. Nachazel Cup, “the oldest trophy in all of disc sports,” which was crafted by and named after a former MTU mining professor. The cup will be awarded to the winner of the 65th Coca-Cola International Frisbee Tournament taking place Saturday and Sunday (July 8-9) at the Driving Park in Hancock.


Wisconsin Public Radio and Urban Milwaukee mentioned Michigan Tech in stories about a new technique for recycling flexible plastics. Michigan Tech is named as a partner in the development of the solvent-targeted recovery and precipitation (STRAP) recycling system.


Parabolic Arc mentioned Michigan Tech in its daily collection of space sector news. MTU’s team was named as one of four teams announced by NASA as finalists in the Watts on the Moon Challenge — a competition to design new technologies for bringing electrical power to the moon.


National Geographic mentioned Michigan Tech in a story guiding readers on a road trip across the Upper Peninsula, highlighting the “spectacular natural beauty, cultural history, and small towns” of the U.P.


The Traverse City Record-Eagle mentioned Michigan Tech in a story about $15 million in state funding being put toward the Freshwater Research and Innovation Center, a facility planned for the Discovery Center & Pier property on West Grand Traverse Bay. Michigan Tech is a partner on the project.


Michigan Tech was mentioned in Radio Results Network and Alpena News stories about Michigan’s state budget for fiscal year 2024. $870,000 was allocated to the University to support the relocation of the former Finlandia University nursing program.


The Daily Mining Gazette and the Keweenaw Report mentioned Michigan Tech in stories about the 75th Chassell Strawberry Festival, being held tomorrow and Saturday (July 7-8). Michigan Tech undergraduate student Ingrid Seagren (human biology) is a Strawberry Queen candidate, and the University’s research vessel Agassiz will be offering tours at the event.


The San Francisco Post mentioned Michigan Tech in a profile of Dr. Tsitsi Hungwe ’12 (biochemistry and molecular biology) as a sought-after motivational speaker. Hungwe, described as an “international keynote speaker, dentist, career transition coach and leadership development expert,” delivered the keynote address for Michigan Tech’s 33rd annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

***** mentioned Michigan Tech in a story naming former Husky captain Jake Lucchini as one of two forwards signed by the Minnesota Wild for the 2023-24 season.


PhD Defense: Yasasya Batugedara, Math

Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences candidate Yasasya Batugedara will present her doctoral defense at 10:30 a.m. today (July 6). The event will be hosted in person in Fisher 327B and virtually via Zoom.

Batugedara's dissertation is titled "Higher Accuracy Models and Validation of LES-C Turbulence Models."

Batugedara is under the supervision of Alexander Labovsky.