Graduate student Natesh Ganesh of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is one of 10 UMass Amherst students to make the finals of the third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition or 3MT®, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School. The title of Ganesh’s three-minute presentation is "From Computers to Engines." Ganesh will compete in the 3MT Final on March 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Campus Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Of the 50 preliminary round participants, 10 were selected as finalists in February. These finalists will compete for a $1,000 first-place prize, with the runner-up receiving $500. Additionally, a People’s Choice award of $500 will be selected by audience members.
Ganesh’s three-minute presentation represents an integral part of his thesis, and tries to address two key ideas. First, is the fundamental assumption that brains are computers, and intelligence is the result of an algorithm, limiting our approaches to artificial intelligence? And second, what are the fundamental thermodynamic conditions under which any physical system will exhibit prediction-based intelligence? Ganesh’s adviser is ECE Professor Neal G. Anderson.
As the UMass Graduate School says about its 3MT competition, "These popular competitions have become a global phenomenon and offer graduate students the opportunity to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, all in three minutes or less. UMass Amherst's 3M event celebrates the research accomplishments of our graduate students while helping students develop their presentation and communication skills. Plan to join us for the 2018 3MT, as a competitor or audience member."
The panel of judges for the 3MT final includes: Mary Burns, Member of University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees; Willie Hill, Jr, Director, Fine Arts Center; Mary Dougherty, Director, University of Massachusetts Press; Tyrone Parham, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Police; and Simon Neame, Dean of Libraries. (March 2018)