By Alejandra Arana |Staff Writter|
CSUSB’s Kenneth Williams was the only student from California to attend the 2012 Posters on the Hill event in Washington D.C. to promote the importance of student research to Congress.
Posters on the Hill, is a annual reception that showcase student work, took place April 23–24 and hosted 74 undergraduate students in every field of study from all over the country.
Williams, a computer science major, dedicated his time to the Botanicam project, which is “a mobile application front-end for an automatic plant recognition system. We created two mobile applications, a trainer app and a user app. The trainer application allows a botanist to annotate a photo of a plant which are then both sent to an image database. We used the Bisque database at the UC Santa Barbara campus. The server uses the plant and the annotation information to train a classifier which is used by the user app to identify plants from images,” said Williams.
“I’ve always enjoyed doing research and learning new things. This trip has given me the motivation to pursue more research opportunities that will hopefully produce efforts that can be applied on a wider scale,” said Williams.
When students are interested in something that they are doing they will succeed and encourage others to do the same.
“I learned of different ways to raise awareness for funding for undergrad research, including meeting with my congressman,” said Williams.
This event opened the doors for Williams to continue his education while he develops an innovative application that could potentially benefit the scientific community.