1. Is there a bag limit? No, please take as much as you can comfortably carry yourself.
  2. Is there a dress code? There is no official dress code. Dr. Droz recommends business casual for students since this will be a good networking opportunity, but students may wear whatever they feel appropriate.  Most faculty presenters are expected to dress business formal.
  3. Should I take my bags on the last day of the workshop? If you’re staying at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott hotel in Ruston and you’re planning to leave after the workshop ends on Tuesday, February 25, you should check out of your room on Tuesday morning and take your bags with you to the workshop venue (University Hall). 
  4. Do I need to stay at the hotel if I live in or near Ruston, LA? No, the hotel rooms are only for students visiting the Ruston, LA area from out of town. If you’re no longer planning to stay at the hotel, please e-mail Dr. Lori at ljacques@latech.edu and Dr. Droz at droz@latech.edu to let him know. You’ll miss the free breakfast at the hotel, but we should have coffee and tea available in the morning in University Hall.
  5. What will I be asked to do for the Team Project? During the workshop, attendees should pay close attention to the research presentations and take notes, with the intent to decide upon which project topic they would like to explore and with which team mentor they’d like to collaborate.  An initial list of team project ideas and their associated CREWE Facilitators follows:
  • Katie Evans: Bolstering the Participation of Women in Graduate School
    <or> Building a Sense of Belonging in STEM  
  • Nabamita Pal: Utilizing the Cloud for Improving IoT-based Smart Cities Services
  • Vivya Kalidindi: Improving Location Tracking with Google Beacon & ML
  • Lori Jacques: Cyber Education: Evaluating Challenge-Based Learning
  • Anna White: Collecting Data and Applying Stylometry Techniques with Anaconda
  • Michele Maasberg: Performing Risk Analysis and Penetration Testing  

Attendees will need to finally decide upon their project team members (a.k.a. their “Crewe”), their project topic, and their desired team mentor by the end of the last presentation before lunch on Tuesday, 2/25.  At 11:45 am, Dr. Droz will record these teams, introduce each team to their mentor, and direct them to a break-out room where they will assign tasks to perform for their project for the presentation that afternoon.  Dr. Droz will share his CREWE workshop PowerPoint template and introduce the format of their ~10-minute project presentations: (1) Introduction & Problem Statement, (2) Background & Related Work, (3) Methods & Algorithms, (4) Experiments & Results, and (5) Conclusions. Then, the teams will meet with their project mentors to develop their research plan and create their PPT slides.  From 1-3:45 pm, each team will develop and then deliver its presentation, detailing their research plan and any preliminary results they can report at this stage.  Local industry leaders will be present to observe these presentations and discuss these topics with the attendees after the closing remarks at 4:00 pm.