The CS 50 Fellowship was created in 2021 to celebrate the Department’s 50th Anniversary. To demonstrate and display our department’s innovation and computing prowess we hosted a competition for students to collaborate, express creativity, and solve computing problems.
For 2022-2023, the competition had two winners. The first of which is Meiqi Guo. Guo's research interests include natural language processing, computer vision and multimodal machine learning. She primarily works towards developping AI systems that can analyze the rhetorical techniques and infer the non-literal messages conveyed in the media, in pursuit of both a novel effective computation model, and interdisciplinary AI applications to media and social science.
"The fellowship will financially support my graduate studies so that I can focus 100% on my research and thesis," she said. "Being granted the award makes me feel more motivated to conduct my research because its impact and benefit to social life and the welfare of mankind is confirmed by the fellowship committee."
Guo said that her favorite part of attending Pitt is meeting her professors and classmates in-person. She enjoys discussing and completing projects with classmates in-the-moment, and the social aspect of attending classes in person. Following graduation, Guo plans to work in computing industry. Her advice to incoming students is to explore and find your true passion because the sooner you have a goal, the more motivated you will be.
Bingyao Li received the CS 50 Fellowship in 2022 in addition to Guo. Her main project is focused on multi-GPU architecture, as growing application complexity and the size of input datasets are driving the popularity of multi-GPU systems as ideal computing platforms. She is exploring translation efficiencies to allow the delivered performance to scale with the number of GPUs. Li described reciving the CS 50 fellowship as a great honor.
"[The fellowship] not only recognizes my past achievements, but also gives me more opportunities to devote myself to my upcoming studies," she said. "With this fellowship, I can devote myself to the projects I want to wok on."
Following graduation, she plans to remain in academia with the hope of inspiring more people to pursue computer science and advancing novel techologies together with my collaborators. Li's advice to future computing students is to remember that research hotpots change constantly and that learning the underlying concepts behind how things work is the most important part of learning computer science.