Student Currently Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees in Computer Engineering and Russian Language Studies; Plans to Obtain Advanced Degree, Work on AI-Human Interaction Projects
ATLANTA, December 4, 2018 — Liaison Technologies, a recognized leader in cloud-based integration and data management solutions, today announced that the company has awarded its Spring 2019 Data-Inspired Future Scholarship to Andrew Pulsipher, a student who is currently majoring in both computer engineering and Russian language studies at Brigham Young University. The $5,000 award will help Pulsipher pay for educational expenses while continuing his work developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to optimize human-machine interaction by interpreting human behavior.
The biannual Data-Inspired Future Scholarship program awards funds to stand-out students who plan to pursue careers in data-related fields and do work that enhances the use of data and new technological innovations to beneficially transform the way we live and work. Pulsipher, who has an expected graduation date of 2021, is on track to receive two bachelor’s-level degrees and plans to eventually pursue a master’s degree in computer science and then work for an organization that uses data to power machine learning and artificial intelligence.
“I was so excited when I heard about the Data-Inspired Future Scholarship program because that’s how I see the future — everything is going to be based on data,” said Pulsipher. “The work I’ve done as an intern, a developer, and a research assistant has been focused on data, machine learning and artificial intelligence, which has been an incredible experience. This scholarship is wonderful because it allows me to focus on things I want to do in the future and the solutions I want to bring to the world. Data can drive some really amazing solutions.”
Pulsipher is currently working as a mobile app developer at a BYU lab, where he developed an iOS version of a party game used to collect data on human behavior to develop AI algorithms that optimize human-machine interactions. This summer, he interned at Beet Lab in Moscow, conducting foundational research for iOS apps driven by machine learning and developing prototypes while honing his Russian language skills through team collaboration. Earlier in the year, he also conducted AI research as an assistant in a BYU lab.
“Humans are interacting with machines more frequently in a range of contexts, like smart homes,” Pulsipher said. “Data can drive discovery of new trends, predict behavior and events, and produce accurate analysis, but I believe if we can integrate the human and robot components and achieve stronger interactions and greater cooperation, we can put data to even better use. I’d like to work in a field where I can directly improve human-machine communication.”
Pulsipher’s application for the Data-Inspired Future scholarship impressed the judges due to his ambitious pursuit of a dual major, academic excellence, significant work experience and compelling vision for the future. He submitted a 60-second video on the importance of data, machine learning and artificial intelligence; it can be viewed here.
“Our work at Liaison is all about helping companies drive innovation and efficiency by harnessing the value and power of their data,” said Pamela Osborne, Liaison’s director of human resources. “Andrew understands data’s importance to our economy and how it can help humans and machines interact more productively to drive progress. His experience, goals, and academic performance impressed us, and we wish him all the best for the remainder of his college career and in his professional pursuits.”
In addition to his development work and academic career, Pulsipher has served as a full-time volunteer in Russia, where he learned the language, developed the language training program for volunteers in the region and traveled to 11 cities to perform service, teach classes, and train other volunteers. He served as program director for Student Voice, a BYU student association for improving campus life by implementing student suggestions. He was also a volunteer mentor at a youth camp, where he facilitated character growth and oversaw ranch activities.
High school or colleges students may learn more about applying for the Fall 2019 Data-Inspired Future Scholarship by visiting liaison.opentext.com/scholarship.
About Liaison Technologies
Liaison Technologies provides integration and data management solutions to help customers unlock the power of a data-centric approach to their business. Liaison’s cloud-based approach breaks down the barriers between data silos to tap into the valuable information needed to make better decisions, faster. Tailored to solve complex data problems today while building a robust foundation for tomorrow’s unforeseen challenges, Liaison fosters a seamless flow of information securely and at scale. Founded in 2000, Liaison serves more than 7,400 customers in 46 countries, with offices in the United States, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Singapore. For more information, visit liaison.opentext.com and connect with Liaison on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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