Day 4: Field trip to the Computer History Museum, Graph Search, and AI and Airplanes!

The girls began the day with a lesson on graph search. Campers learned about the main graph search algorithms, such as Dijkstra’s algorithm, breadth-first search, and depth-first search.

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After that, campers listened to a lecture by Professor Mykel Kochenderfer about airplanes and artificial intelligence. Prof. Kochenderfer discussed how his research in AI algorithms has greatly improved aircraft and aeronautic safety. The girls learned how artificial intelligence is key in maintaining safety and preventing crashes in dynamic environments.

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After that, the campers took a field trip to the Computer History Museum. Edward Feigenbaum, a notable computer scientist and artificial intelligence researcher,  led a tour through the museum. Campers not only learned about the birth of computing but also about notable female computer scientists like Ada Lovelace.

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The day concluded with a personal growth session about scientific writing, blogging, and sharing research. Guest speakers included Sherol Chen, Melanie Warrick, and Ayman Nadeem.

 

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Day 3: Autonomous car demo, classifier lecture, and NLP lesson

Day 3 started with a classifier lecture. Campers learned about the characteristics of classifiers, such as its features, how to train them, evaluate them, and test them.

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After the classifier lecture, the girls had the opportunity to see and demo an autonomous car. The car, named Junior, was a winning submission in the Urban Challenge, an autonomous car competition held in 2007. Campers learned about not only the technical aspect of such cars but also the potential benefits and harms that self-driving cars could have on the world. After the demo, the girls had a chance to eat lunch with members of Zoox, an autonomous car company.

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Pictured above: campers pose for a silly group picture with Zoox engineers.

After lunch, the girls engaged in a lecture about natural language processing (NPL) from Professor Percy Liang. The girls broke out into their respective research projects after the lecture.

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Pictured above: A camper engages in discussion in the “Assisting Disaster Relief with Natural Language Processing” research project.

The day concluded with a creative writing and spoken word activity and a house meeting.

Blog post and photos by Lauren Yang.

Day 2: Introduction to AI, first research groups, and hexacopter demo!

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Day two started with a welcome lecture by program director and Stanford AI lab director Fei-Fei Li. Fei-Fei began by discussing the birth of artificial intelligence, introducing what computer vision is, and explaining how and why she and her coworkers founded ImageNet. Fei-Fei’s lecture intrigued students as she delved into everything from how human brains and eyes work to what inspires her to wake up every morning to solve the biggest AI problems.

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After the welcome lecture, campers met for the first time in their research group. This year, the four research topics are: Making Hospitals Safer with Computer Vision, Assisting Disaster Relief with Natural Language Processing, Decoding DNA: Finding Meaning in the Genome, and Self-Driving Cars and the Future of Personal Transportation. The girls were introduced to their research area and discussed the humanistic applications of their respective topics.

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Pictured above: A camper checks out a robot from the self-driving car course.

After a delicious lunch, the campers had a programming intro, where they learned the basics of Python.

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A hexacopter demo followed the programming tutorial. Students learned what PID (proportional-integral-derivative) control was and tested how PID control affected movement by flying hexacopters.

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After a quick stop by Tressider Union and the Stanford Bookstore, the students headed for dinner and free time. The night concluded with an Improv Night, where the girls played numerous fun and engaging acting and improv games.

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Blog post and photos by Lauren Yang.

Day 1: Arrival day!

Today, all 32 SAILORS campers moved into their dorms, located at the beautiful Synergy house. We are beyond excited to spend the next two weeks with these girls!

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After moving in, campers engaged in icebreakers such as Two Truths and a Lie, The Wind Blows For, and many more. The girls also played fun games like Uno to get to know each other.

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We enjoyed a welcome dinner with campers and their families; program directors Olga Russakovsky, Rick Sommer, and Fei-Fei Li gave a few opening remarks to set a positive, excited tone to the beginning of camp.

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After a delicious dinner, the residential counselors led the campers in a house meeting, where house rules, program expectations, and more were discussed.

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Overall, the first move-in day was a success, and we can’t wait for what’s in store for the girls in the next two weeks!

Blog post and all photos by Lauren Yang.