Brendon Boldt Researches the Application of Machine Learning

This summer Brendon Boldt, a junior in the Honors Program with a double-major in Computer Science and Philosophy, participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Siena College. For his REU Boldt worked on an interdisciplinary project in Machine Learning and Psychology. In particular, Boldt researched  how machine learning can be used to recognize when someone is cheating on a psychological test.

Boldt's research interests have been molded by his Honors Program experience. Last year, Boldt worked alongside Dr. Andrei Buckareff, the Co-Director of Marist's Cognitive Science Program, for his Honors-By-Contract. The Honors-By-Contract is a one-credit research class that Honors Program students take in their junior year. The contract is used to connect Honors students with faculty to start an undergraduate research project. Boldt presented his contract at the Honors Research Forum, and this fall he will present it at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Seattle, WA.

Boldt credits the Honors Program for providing him with unique academic opportunities. "The Marist Honors program recognizes these abilities in its members and encourages them to explore their own interests and projects with the help and expertise of a faculty in their discipline," Boldt explained. "This opportunity for independent study has been of immeasurable value during my time at Marist."

After he graduates from Marist Boldt aspires to complete a Ph.D. in Computer Science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. This semester he is working on his Honors Senior Thesis Project with Dr. Ron Coleman (Computer Science).