Spring 2024

Splash Biography

EDGAR HILDEBRANDT ROJO, UC Berkeley studying EECS, Applied Math, & Econ

Major: EECS, Economics, Applied Math

College/Employer: UC Berkeley

Year of Graduation: 2022

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

This is going to be my last semester at Berkeley. Over the past years I have been very focused on academics, which has left little time for other activities. Now that I have more free time, I want to take the opportunity to give back to the community and inspire people.

Past Classes

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M1015: What can you do with a CS degree? in Splash Fall 2022 (Oct. 29, 2022)
The field of computer science is immense; you can go from designing apps using Figma to discovering new algorithms to writing an AI to recognize faces, and much more. With so many different options, it can be quite overwhelming for a newcomer. In this 1 hour class we will go over the different career paths you can take if you decide to get a computer science degree as well as some helpful topic specific starting points. Towards the end of the class I will share some advice and open up for any questions about college or CS.

M1019: Building a Neural Network in Splash Fall 2022 (Oct. 29, 2022)
How would you distinguish a cat from a dog? You might try to check the shape of the ears or detect whether the image contains wiskers. But how would you even go about finding an ear or a wisker? What if instead we could ask the computer to learn to distinguish between a cat or dog? Sounds impossible, no? Well, actually, neural networks can help us do exactly that! (We just need loads of data) In this class we will code up a neural network and train it to distinguish images of cats and dogs. We will also talk about some of the shortcomings and dangers of using a neural network as well as some other machine learning techniques to be aware of.