Project title: Enhancing Interoperability Between Optical Fingerprint Sensors using Local Binary Patterns
Project description: I have been researching interoperability between fingerprint sensors. When gathering a fingerprint image from a device, variations can occur and could change the features in a fingerprint which intereferes with matching. This could then make it hard to distinguish if a fingerprint is genuine or imposter. It is not realistic to assume a device will always be avaiable therefore the systems need to be interoperable - able to compare fingerprints collected with a diverse set of devices.
I cannot believe today is my last day of research. It has been a very fun experience and I am very grateful I given this opportunity. I am very thankful I had such an awesome mentor and learned so much along the way.
This past week, I have really been trying to focus on working on my poster presenation and two page poster abstract. Time is winding down and these will be due before I know it. I gave a poster presentation to my mentor on Thursday and got some very helpful feedback. She also discussed submitting our abstracts to some different conferences, which would be really exciting to get that experience and attend. I am currently working on trying to send my mentor a draft of my abstract this afternoon, so she can have some time to review it and give back feedback. This week I also attended a seminar on poster presentations. This was helpful on what to put/what not to put on my poster that I will be presenting two weeks from today. I also learned about the layout of a poster. I enjoy attending these seminars because they are so relatable. I am really excted for these upcoming next two weeks with finalizing my poster and abstract, as well as presenting.
This week for research was a relaxed one, considering the July 4th Holiday. It was nice to get Tuesday off and spend the day with family. Following the holiday, I attended another beneficial seminar. This time we presented infront of small groups on 2-3 slides on our research. It was very beneficial to get up infront of people and present in general. t was also helpful presenting infront of people who are not familiar with my research so I was able to tell if I was being clear and concise enough.
This week during my research, I continued to work on the experiment aspect of my project. It consists of running multiple tests and determining which gives the best result. I am running different tests with a variety of features and then based on the percentage I am able to tell which arebeneficial and which aren't. Also, I attended a seminar on how to write a research paper. It was very informative and helpful in relation to what we will be doing this summer. I learned the different parts of a paper and what each of their meanings were. It was also helpful learning about an extended abstract considering we will have to write one at the end of our summer.
Some challenges I have been facing this week simply come from my lack of experience with MatLab – Matrix Laboratory is a language that expresses problems in a familiar mathematical notation. Thankfully, my lab partner has had experience with it and has been able to help me when I get stuck. Also, my professor organized an introductory tutorial on MatLab which was helpful. I just need to get more experience with it as the summer continues I will feel more comfortable and get a better hang of it. This week I also attended a seminar on Wednesday regarding National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, it was very informative. In addition to, I also had another weekly presentation. I enjoy these because I am getting more practice discussing my research topic and presenting in front of others.
The second week of research has now passed and I feel a little more relaxed and comfortable with my lab. I have gotten familiar with the tools and software I will be using to conduct my research this summer. This week I also completed my first presentation on my project. That was a little overwhelming, but the more practice I get over the summer, the better I will get. My professor gave me significant feedback which was very helpful. This is also a helpful tool in my future so I will be able to get more comfortable talking infront of others. Along with the presentation this week, I attended two seminars, one on fixed and growth mindset and the other on graduate school. I enjoy the seminars because the beneficial to my career and interesting topics.
It is now toward the end of week one and I think I would have to say I am exhausted, but excited for what all this summer has entail. I have gotten to know my professor better, as well as the students working in the same lab as me. These past few days have mainly consisted of reading and watching videos to try and gain some background knowledge of the topic I will be working on. It is only my second day in the lab and I have already learned so much. I am really looking forward to the experience I will gain in these nine weeks. I am eager about working with a new professor, getting the opportunity to explore Charlotte’s campus, and getting to know the other students.