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Andrew Bae, undergraduate researcher advised by Dr. Xu, receives the 2023 Barry Goldwater Scholarship


Andrew Bae, undergraduate student in the Honors College majoring in applied mathematics and statistics with a minor in computer science and advised by Dr. Susu Xu, is one of only two SBU students to receive the 2023 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious national award for undergraduates.

Andrew's work, which resulted in a conference paper, focused on understanding how and why the AI algorithms employed by existing state-of-the-art autonomous driving perception models have distinct accuracy on predicting trajectories of different groups, and thus result in biased safety issues. The conceptual figure below, for example, illustrates how vulnerable pedestrian groups (elders and children) behave differently from adults.

Conceptual image of the pedestrian trajectories of different groups

To learn more about Andrew's research success under Dr. Xu's supervision, follow the links to an article on him on SBU News, and to his profile in URECA's Researcher of the Month spotlight. His story is a testament to the importance of multidisciplinarity in solving complex civil engineering problems related to smart urban systems and beyond.