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    • Architecture Sans Commodity: Food, Construction, & Social Capital 

      Davis, Rylie Elizabeth (2022-04-21)
      This project investigates the architecture and social implications of the modern grocery store. The design of a food cooperative in Houston's Fifth Ward considers site, context, and building obsolescence through building tectonics.
    • Architecture Sans Commodity: Food, Construction, & Social Capital 

      Davis, Rylie Elizabeth (2022-04-21)
      This project investigates the architecture and social implications of the modern grocery store. The design of a food cooperative in Houston's Fifth Ward considers site, context, and building obsolescence through building tectonics.
    • Evaluating Mixed-Integer Programming Models over Multiple Right-hand Sides 

      Alfant, Rachael May (2022-04-14)
      A critical measure of the quality of a mixed-integer programming (MIP) model with fixed data is the difference, or gap, between the optimal objective value of the linear programming relaxation and that of the corresponding MIP. In many contexts, only an approximation of the right-hand sides may be available, or there may be multiple right-hand sides ...
    • Randomized Algorithms for Training Deep Models with Large Outputs 

      Medini, Tharun (2022-03-01)
      In the last decade, it has been shown that many hard AI tasks, especially in NLP, can be naturally modeled as extreme classification problems leading to improved precision. However, such models are prohibitively expensive to train due to the memory blow-up in the last layer. As an example, we will delve into a real Amazon Search dataset, for which a ...
    • Examining risk of cardiovascular disease with lexical mechanisms of cognitive reappraisal 

      Shahane, Anoushka D. (2022-03-04)
      The ability to regulate emotion effectively is vital for health and well-being. One adaptive emotion regulation strategy called cognitive reappraisal, which involves changing one’s appraisal of an aversive situation, has been shown to be associated with cardiovascular disease-related risk. However, the mechanisms underlying why this relationship ...
    • Zooming in on Communities of writing students: The impact of COVID-19 on writing self-efficacy 

      Wu, Felix Y (2022-04-15)
      "Under the COVID-19 pandemic virtual learning environment, instructors have had to address various challenges such as integrating technologies with the curriculum, encouraging social interactions among students, and keeping students cognitively engaged and motivated. These challenges may be usefully organized into teaching, social, and cognitive ...
    • Generalized Zero-Shot Learning through Similarity Distribution Matching 

      Daghaghi, Shabnam (2022-02-18)
      Recent advances in supervised learning methods in vision, specifically deep learning frameworks, are primarily built on the abundance of labeled images. However, image labeling is a laborious task, therefore many visual categories are unlabeled or even unavailable. Zero-Shot Learning (ZSL) deals with classifying unseen visual categories that have no ...
    • Cityscape 

      Kim, Jihyun (2022-04-22)
      Cityscape (2022) is an eight-minute work for an orchestra inspired by the circumstances of the Coronavirus disease pandemic. In spring of 2020, a global lockdown was initiated by various countries of the world due to the outbreak of the virus. As Houston where I lived was under the lockdown, the roads congested with the traffic jam became uncrowded, ...
    • Cityscape 

      Kim, Jihyun (2022-04-22)
      Cityscape (2022) is an eight-minute work for an orchestra inspired by the circumstances of the Coronavirus disease pandemic. In spring of 2020, a global lockdown was initiated by various countries of the world due to the outbreak of the virus. As Houston where I lived was under the lockdown, the roads congested with the traffic jam became uncrowded, ...
    • Spin Shot Noise measurement 

      Zhao, Xuanhan (2022-02-23)
      Charge shot noise, the intrinsic fluctuations in the electrical current resulting from the statistics of the arrival of discrete electronic charges, was predicted more than a century ago2 and has been an invaluable tool for examining the mechanism of charge transport and the nature of current-carrying excitations.3-8 A noise in a nonequilibrium angular ...
    • Fostering Belonging Through a Brief Intervention 

      Ng, Linnea (2022-02-23)
      One of the most fundamental human needs and motivations is that of forming and maintaining social connections with others (see Baumeister & Leary, 1995). This need for belongingness may be even more important for individuals going through stressful transitions in their lives. The high-school to college transition is a stressor that challenges students’ ...
    • Targeted Diagnostic Imaging and Image Post-processing of Colorectal Cancer using Hyperpolarized MRI 

      McCowan, Caitlin (2022-04-22)
      Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer related deaths. While there are current methods for screening, such as colonoscopy, a number of patients remain undiagnosed until metastasis has occurred, resulting in limited treatment with unfavorable prognosis. Colonoscopy is the current standard of care, but it carries the risk of ...
    • The Maximum Anchored k-core Problem: Mixed Integer Programming Formulations 

      Kroger, Samuel (2022-04-14)
      The maximum anchored k-core problem plays an important role in marketing, network architecture, and social media; the problem allows network designers and influencers to find the most pivotal vertices which increase the size of the network. In this thesis, we investigate two mixed integer programming (MIP) formulations for the maximum anchored k-core ...
    • A Tale of Two Worlds: Industry and Academia 

      Li, Yajing (2022-04-18)
      My dissertation examines how firms interact with academia, with a special focus on the phenomena of firm publications (essay 1), academic founders (essay 2), and firm patents built on science (essay 3). The distinctiveness of my dissertation lies in examining the dual nature of firms’ interactions with academia and differentiating the conditions of ...
    • Inclusive Leadership and Follower Job Performance: Evaluating the Relative Influence of Workgroup Versus Social Identity Group Agreement on Employee Outcomes 

      Bilotta, Isabel Maria (2022-04-06)
      This research integrates inclusive leadership theory, climate theory, and social identity theory to quantitatively assess the impact of inclusive leadership from the follower perspective in a multilevel examination. I evaluate how inclusive leadership (i.e., inclusive leader behaviors assessed from the follower perspective) fosters inclusion and ...
    • Providing Peace: The Role of Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivations in Shaping States' Voluntary Commitments to UN Peace Operations 

      Oestman, Jared (2022-03-23)
      The effectiveness of UN peacekeeping operations (PKOs) in reducing and preventing violence hinges on UN members’ voluntary personnel commitments. In many instances, this support appears to be most fickle in the midst of rising instability, or, in other words, when the presence of a PKO should matter most. Thus, it is essential to develop a better ...
    • The Recurrent Neural Tangent Kernel 

      Alemohammad, Sina (2022-05-09)
      The study of deep neural networks (DNNs) in the infinite-width limit, via the so-called neural tangent kernel (NTK) approach, has provided new insights into the dynamics of learning, generalization, and the impact of initialization. One key DNN architecture remains to be kernelized, namely, the recurrent neural network (RNN). In this thesis we ...
    • Low-Cost Multi-Sensory Wrist Mounted Haptic Device 

      Fantini, Mike (2022-04-20)
      Extended reality (XR) has been growing rapidly over the past several years, but there remains a noticeable gap in the immersiveness of the experience. This gap is due to the lack of effective haptic feedback that provides the user with a sense of touch. Haptic devices that convey such sensations have been a subject of research for several decades, ...
    • Of Light and Empty Space: Hilma af Klint's "Flowers, Mosses, and Lichens" 

      Schwarze, Zach R. (2022-03-29)
      This thesis will concern a yet unstudied notebook of the artist and occultist Hilma af Klint, called Flowers, Mosses, and Lichens. The notebook was composed during the years 1919-1920 and contains 145 individually dated entries. There are two principal threads in this project. First, I argue that Hilma af Klint composed Flowers, Mosses, and Lichens ...
    • Further Improvements in Human Emotion and Wellbeing Prediction: Personalization, Modality Fusion, and Semi-Supervised Learning 

      Yu, Han (2022-06-07)
      Human physiological and behavioral data have been continuously collected and studied, empowered by modern wearable devices. Among plenty of research areas, emotion and wellbeing estimation has become a rising topic. Researchers and developers found that there is potential to decode human emotion and wellbeing with physiological and behavioral data. ...