This Distributed Research Experience for Undergraduates (DREU) was funded by
the Computing Research Association - Women (CRA-W). The DREU program allows
students to travel to new universities and conduct research with volunteering
professors. This summer (2018) I, Rebekah Manweiler, traveled to the University
of Wisconsin - Madison to work with Professor Nicole Beckage and her associate Professor
Joe Austerweil in the field of computational modeling.
Rebekah is an undergraduate student going into her fifth and final year at the
University of Kansas in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. She is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in
Mathematics and Linguistics and will graduate in May, 2019. Her research interests are in Psycholinguistics,
Computational Modeling, Machine Learning, Language Acquisition, and the structure of the mental lexicon.
Professional Website: rebekahmanweiler.com
Professor Nicole Beckage
Nicole is a Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in the
Department of Psychology. She specializes in Computational Modeling, specifically network analysis and
cognitive models. One of her current projects focuses on modeling user interactions in
the environment of GitHub, an open source software development platform.
Professor Joe Austerweil
Joe is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in the
Department of Psychology. He specializes in Cognitive Neuroscience and Computational
Modeling. One of his current projects focuses on modeling event interactions in the
environment of GitHub.
My project for this research experience will be a small part of the larger DARPA project that my mentors are
working on this summer. Their project is a DARPA Challenge to predictively model the github enviroment including the
github users, repositories, and events, within a specific time frame. My project will be focused on the users and my
goal is to make a descriptive model of all the users of github and their interactions (events) with repositories as well
as other users. You can find a complete project description in my working lab proposal.
Final Report (updated 8/21/18)
My progress on this project can be viewed in the BLOG page along with other things happening in the Austerweil Lab and in Madison.