Computer engineering graduate student invited to Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Closeup of Dina Hussein
Dina Hussein

Graduate student Dina Hussein has been selected to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum where she will have the chance to meet the world’s top researchers in computer science and math.

The week-long event is a networking conference in which 200 math and computer science student researchers from around the world spend a week interacting with recipients of the top prizes in those fields, such as the Abel Prize, ACM A.M. Turing Award, ACM Prize in Computing, Fields Medal and the Nevanlinna Prize. The event will be held in Heidelberg, Germany in September.

“I feel incredibly honored and excited to have been asked to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum,” said Hussein, a PhD student in WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage with laureates who have made groundbreaking contributions to mathematics and computer science.”

Hussein said she is particularly excited about getting the opportunity to discuss her research with experts in the field, receiving feedback, and learning from their experiences.

“The first question I would like to ask the laureates would be, ‘What advice would you give to young researchers like me who are just starting their journey in research,’” she said.

A graduate student at WSU since 2021, Hussein is studying computer engineering. Her research is in machine learning algorithms for wearable device applications.  She has received several awards at WSU, including being named an outstanding graduate research assistant in 2024 and an outstanding teaching assistant in 2022. She took second place this year in Voiland College’s three-minute thesis competition. She also received an award at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Embedded Systems (SIGBED) student research competition in 2023. After completing her PhD, she hopes to conduct research in academia or in a research lab.

“Dina is an outstanding student in the School of EECS with wide breadth and depth of publications in design automation, embedded systems, and AI venues. She is also working on problems with social impact,” said Ganapati Bhat, Raymond and Beverly Lorenz Distinguished Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Hussein’s advisor. “Her contributions have been well recognized, including through the School of EECS, the 3-minute thesis competition, and ACM student research contributions.”

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