Student research into the Internet of Things and driverless cars

Editor’s note: Mital Mehta, a graduate student pursuing an M.S. in computer science at FDU's Metropolitan Campus, won third place in the IEEE Cybersecurity Student Research Poster competition held at the Cybersecurity Symposium on FDU’s Florham Campus on September 29, 2016. Mehta presented on the launch of her research in “Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.”  She currently serves as a graduate assistant in the Office of Undergraduate and Part-Time Admissions. She wrote the following account about her research and presentation experience.


By Mital Mehta

I am on the hunt for who I have not yet become. Every day at work in the Office of Admissions, I see the FDU homepage and look for upcoming events and stories which inspire me to look ahead and stay updated on my professional goals. Recently I read about a symposium on Cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT). I had started my research work in the fall with my advisor, Erdal Kose, lecturer in computer science (Metro), on the topic of learning and applying artificial intelligence techniques. This event title gave me a spark to participate in the event and present my idea about the implementation of deep learning neural network on Spark framework for driverless cars.

mitalI was invited to participate and during my presentation when I looked at the faces of the attendees their smiles and eagerness encouraged and motivated me. The audience was totally favorable about my presentation, the new cyber security innovation and its future applications. During the event, I discovered many new ideas on ways I can proceed with my research. I feel that becoming involved in such professional events helps students increase our professional networking, presents an opportunity to interact with people with the same passion for technology and the possibilities it allows, and gives an opportunity to meet people of industry, government and academia who all are eager to share their knowledge and have been working in this field for many years. Every person I met at the symposium whether they were an attendee or a presenter was a contact who can potentially help me to reach my goal.

I am very thankful to FDU, and Kalyan Mondal and Hong Zhao, (associate professors of computer science), and the team to give me a chance to present my ideas at the symposium. I am very glad to earn the third prize in the student poster competition. By God’s grace, my family’s support, advisor’s guidance and the moral strength of my Graduate Assistant supervisor, Anita Rivers (director of adult and part time admissions), I was able to successfully place my first stepping stone towards my goal.

My roots of belief lie in the quote by Swami Vivekanada “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of the idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.”