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William Lifferth

Title of Program: Neuromorphic Computation and the Ethics of Autonomous Systems

E-mail Address:  wlifferth@icloud.com   

Hometown: Brentwood, TN

Year: Sophomore

Anticipated Graduation Date:  December, 2018

Description of Program:  As data and machine-run algorithms play a growing role in decision making, understanding these systems becomes increasingly important. This program is designed to build technical understanding of this area with an emphasis on the ethical and philosophical implications of its implementation.

Departmental Emphases:  Computer Science, Philosohpy, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Machine Learning, Statistics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bradley Vander Zanden, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Bruce MacLennan, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Plans after graduation: I plan to pursue a graduate degree in computer science or data science, and work in industry either in research and development or data analytics.

Other Academic Interests:  Entrepreneurship, Data Science

Prior Enrollment at Other Colleges or Universities:  August 2014 – December 2014 Brigham Young University

Research Experiences or Internships:

  • August 2015 – May 2016 Web Development Intern, Knoxville Entrepreneur Center
  • December 2015 – June 2016 QA Intern, MathLeap
  • May 2016 – August 2016 Business Development Inter, TNC Aviation
  • September 2016 – Current Research Assistant, UTK Institute of Biomedical Engineering

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities: Founder/Web Designer at CloudSprout Design, EECS Director of the Engineering Mentor Program, Webmaster of the Society for the Advancement of Neurosicence and UT, International Peer Mentor at the UT International House, Pyrotechnics, Running, Ukulele and Piano


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