Cathy Wu Selected as Rising Star

Cathy Wu, an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science PhD candidate, is among 60 top female graduates in the fields of electrical and computer engineering and computer science chosen to participate in Carnegie Melon University’s Rising Stars workshop.

“I am truly honored to have this opportunity to learn from the awe-inspiring veterans of my field and to learn with the next generation of academic stars,” says Wu.
 
The two-day event Oct. 30-Nov.1, 2016, will focus on scientific interactions and career-oriented discussions and is targeted to women who are interested in careers in academia. This year’s workshop will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference will include a poster session as well as presentations on aspects of life in academia—from finding a faculty position to how to succeed as a junior faculty member. Participants will have the opportunity to present their ongoing research, interact with faculty members from top institutions, and receive advice for advancing their careers.
 
Wu is also a graduate student researcher at Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH). Her research is at the intersection of mathematical optimization and cities, including models and algorithms for traffic flow estimation and ridesharing. She also studies autonomous vehicles and how to build smarter and more seamless urban systems that better serve society. Her current technical interests are mathematical optimization, multi-agent systems, deep reinforcement learning, intelligent transportation systems, statistics, and algorithms.
 
Professor Alexandre Bayen is her adviser.