Indonesian Students in the US Showcased Their Latest Research on Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience at the 32nd Series of Bianka
The 32nd series of Bincang Karya (Bianka) or Creation Talks was held by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, DC. with the theme of Computer Science and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience on Tuesday (04/26).
Dwi Larso, Director of Scholarships of the Indonesia Endowment Funds for Education (LPDP), Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia, stated that Computer Science is responsible for various important tasks, especially in the current digital economy era.
Dwi also added, “The need for human resources in the field of Technology, Information, and Communication (ICT) in Indonesia continues outstripping the supply. More job vacancies than talent is available to support startups’ rapid growth and support roadmap to realize Indonesia 4.0.”
Meanwhile, on a different occasion, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Rosan P. Roeslani said that the ICT sector has brought major changes to the economy and society.
“Countries around the world have already devoted resources to the development of ICT to encourage the emergence of electronic commerce activities and increase the scope of their economy,” said Ambassador Rosan.
Ambassador Rosan also highlighted the role of the field of Neuroscience in the education sector, one of which is in helping the process of preparing curriculum and learning methodologies.
The webinar led by Diana Purwitasari, Vice Dean of Faculty of Intelligent Electrical and Informatics Technology (ITS), was also attended by Vincentius Martin, a doctoral candidate in Computer Science from Duke University.
Vincentius presented his research in the field of computational biology. “We use computational science to process and research large biological data,” said Vincentius.
Nanan Nuraini, a doctoral candidate in Neuroscience from the University of Missouri, Columbia, explained that her research focuses on autism spectrum disorder.
Nanan said, “specifically, my research focuses on investigating the baseline Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to predict changes in anxiety levels after subjects took propranolol (nonselective, beta-adrenergic antagonist) after 12 weeks.”
Meanwhile, Venny Larasati Ayudiani, a candidate for Master of Computational Data Science from Carnegie Mellon University explained her project, namely “AI Presentation Coach”.
“AI Presentation Coach is an end-to-end system that can evaluate presentation capabilities using multimodal machine learning and provide actionable feedback to users to improve presentation skills,” explained Venny.
Jeffrey Chase, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science at Duke University, said, “The research done in the Computer Science department is directed at Health Sciences and Medicine, and understanding the challenges facing by society and health, and the underlying biological processes, as well as ways to diagnose and plan treatment for the disease.
Meanwhile, David Beversdorf, Chair of the Graduate Recruitment Committee in the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program from the University of Missouri, Columbia explained that he was currently focusing on researching autism spectrum disorder which also involved Indonesian students.
Popy Rufaidah, the Educational and Cultural Attaché at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C. restated that the main objective of this webinar was to increase the number of young Indonesian professionals who continued their studies in the United States.
Popy also added, “In addition to increasing study preferences in the United States, this webinar is also a forum for exchanging information related to research collaboration between ICT and Neuroscience experts in Indonesia and America.”
For information, the recording of the live broadcast of the 32nd Series of Bincang Karya (BIANKA) webinar in the field of Computer Sciences and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience can be accessed on the official Facebook page of Atdikbud USA with the link https://bit.ly/fb-watch-bianka32