CIS Student Wins Competition at Conference on Statistical Practice

March 4, 2022

By Nichole Black
Digital Marketing Strategist, McCoy College of Business

Summer Jeter
Summer Jeter

Summer Jeter, a senior studying computer information systems (CIS) at the McCoy College of Business, won first place in the student poster competition at the online 2022 Conference on Statistical Practice (CSP) in early February. 

“Due to COVID-19, this year’s conference was held virtually,” said Jeter. “However, it was still an incredible opportunity to learn from the many educational seminars and network with leaders in the field. I encourage any McCoy student to seek out opportunities like this to further their career development.”

Jeter, along with her multidisciplinary team across Texas State University, conducted data analytics research on developing and implementing an artificial intelligence-based project aiming to avoid fatigue injuries in the workplace. The project was funded by a 2019 Research Enhancement Program Grant and the Dean Paul R. Gowens Excellence Professorship. This collaborative team consists of:

  • Summer Renee Jeter, coauthor / presenter, McCoy College of Business student
  • Trent Stapleton, coauthor, McCoy College of Business student
  • Rosa Fuentes, coauthor, McCoy College of Business student
  • Joshua Avery, coauthor, McCoy College of Business student
  • Kathryn Perry, coauthor, McCoy College of Business student
  • Dr. Rachel Rolfe, co-advisor, assistant professor, Department of Health & Human Performance
  • Dr. Duane Knudson, co-advisor, Regents’ Professor, Department of Health & Human Performance
  • Dr. Damian Valles Molina, co-advisor, assistant professor, Ingram School of Engineering
  • Dr. Francis Mendez, co-advisor, professor, CIS and Quantitative Methods, McCoy College of Business

On her team’s behalf, Jeter presented the poster titled “Development of an Artificial Intelligence System to Prevent Overexertion Injuries at the Workplace” (read the abstract). This is a component of the Human Digital Twin project that is being conducted at the Ingram School of Engineering in collaboration with the McCoy College of Business and the Department of Health and Human Performance.

“The poster refers to techniques used for a preliminary analysis of the level of agreement among expert raters of human motion,” said Jeter. “This assessment is part of the input that will be used in a fatigue prediction model.” 

Jeter also had the opportunity to network with many data analysts, researchers, and scientists who engage in statistical practice, including Dr. Katherine Ensor, 2022 President of the American Statistical Association (ASA). Jeter and Dr. Ensor discussed how they can expand the reach of the ASA in the university setting.

“I was also able to connect with other directors within the ASA,” said Jeter, “which showcased how valuable this experience was for me to not only learn new statistical practices, but to get to meet new people within the community.”

The ASA was founded in 1839, making it one of the longest-running professional statistical associations in the country. They host the CSP to enable participants to learn new statistical methodologies and practices in statistical analysis, design, consulting, and programming. Visit the CSP website to learn more. 

For more information regarding opportunities in the Texas State University community to learn about data analytics and statistical practice, email Dr. Francis Mendez, professor of CIS and Quantitative Methods at ✯

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Student coauthors Trent Stapleton, Rosa Fuentes, Josh Avery, and Kathryn Perry.

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