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Camp Introduces Girls to AI, the Modern Day Industrial Revolution
Above is an article written by Taylor Fang, one of the cofounders of this blog, about SAILORS 2017.
Daily SAILORS Blog
This is the SAILORS daily blog, which also includes posts from the past two SAILORS 2015 and 2016 blogs.
This past summer, we spent two weeks at Stanford University researching artificial intelligence, surrounded by the most incredible group of girls, counselors, professors, and female leaders in tech. Though it’s only been two months since the conclusion of SAILORS 2017, there’s still no place we’d rather be.
The first week of camp was filled with morning lectures on computer programming, probability, and machine learning, talks by Stanford University professors on computer vision, natural language processing, AI + airplanes, psychology, and sustainability, demos of hexacopters, self-driving cars, and social robots, and nightly discussions with Github and Google employees as well as a former White House staffer. We took a trip to the Computer History Museum, exploring the exhibits in a tour led by Dr. Edward Feigenbaum. We also began working on our group research projects. Every night, we enjoyed an hour or so of free time.
On Friday afternoon, we attended a reception dinner, where we listened to Stanford Professor Allison Okamura give a presentation on her research in haptics. We spoke about our research progress, learned about the exciting future for SAILORS and AI4All, and met some SAILORS alumni.
The weekend was significantly less busy – we also took a trip to the beach, then spent most of our free time relaxing.
During week 2 of camp, we had two computational biology lectures and an AI + education presentation, attended a string quartet performance, and spoke personally with Fei-Fei Li and Olga Russakovsky (cofounders of SAILORS). And finally, on the last day of camp, we presented our research projects to professors, instructors, and other SAILORS, then answered questions during a poster session. Afterwards, we discussed future opportunities/how to stay involved in AI.
SAILORS 2017 was easily one of our most incredible life experiences. If you’re a freshman this year, we highly encourage you to apply. Applications for the 2018 program will probably open later this year, and close in early 2018.
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