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StFX students receive ACEnet Research Fellowships, look forward to exciting opportunity of summer research

April 7th, 2016
Zihao Jiang and Katherine Simon

It will be a summer of research and gaining valuable hands-on academic experience for two StFX students who have each been awarded a $5,000 ACEnet Research Fellowship.

Katherine Simon and Zihao Jiang are each recipients of an ACEnet Research Fellowship offered to students at ACEnet member institutions. The awards are designed to further research projects that utilize ACEnet’s advanced research computing resources.
“I am so excited for this opportunity, to be able to apply my knowledge in various ways and expand my abilities in the field of chemistry by doing research that is new and innovative,” says Ms. Simon, a third year advanced major chemistry student from Saint John, NB.
This summer she will do computational work with chemistry professor Dr. Shah Razul looking at the biochemical aspect of cryoprotectants and the sugar, trehalose. 
Mr. Jiang of China, a third year computer science student, will focus his research on the distributed clustering algorithm based on MapReduce. 
“Specially, I plan to implement four representative algorithms, i.e., k-means, DBSCAN, AP and CFS, on cloud platform for big data clustering. Furthermore, I will conduct a series of experiments to evaluate the performance of these algorithms in terms of accuracy, time complexity and speedup on UCI datasets,” he says.
This is the first time he will spend the summer doing research and he welcomes the opportunity to both gain a deeper understanding of Cloud Computing technologies and data mining theories, and improve his programming ability.

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