ESP Biography



MARIA GUIRGUIS, EECS student, loves robots




Major: 6

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Maria is a Masters of Engineering Student at MIT who is majoring in computer science and minoring in math and classics. She was born in Egypt but moved to NY 9 years ago. Many years ago, she participated in Hampshire College Summer Studies in Math (hcssim.org), and there she learned a lot about yellow pigs, 17 and origami. She really enjoys doing math and reading history, so it all works out well :D



Past Classes

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NLP for the lazy in Spark! 2010 (Mar. 13, 2010)
Ever wish your computer would write that pesky history paper for you? Wish there was an iphone app for that? People actually study how that dream can be accomplished! Natural Language Processing is the branch of computer science concerned with studying human languages and modeling them in ways so that computers can easily understand and generate coherent text. By the end of this class, you will have created a grammar for the English language and take a stab at generating understandable text from it.


Introduction to Machine Learning in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
This class is intended to give you a rough idea about machine learning. It covers some of the history of the field, the basic ideas, and a few exciting applications.


Where do Algorithms come from? in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
A brief survey of some of the most influential algorithms and the people behind them. We will look at the people's backgrounds and motivations behind some of the revolutionary algorithms in the field of computer science!


Linear Algebra in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
What are matrices and where do they come from? Are they actually useful? How can they be interpreted geometrically and related to the real world? All these questions and more will be answered in this session about matrices!


A quick introduction to the Arabic Language in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Learn the basics of Arabic and get to hear some good Arabic music =-)


Hypercubes in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
In this class we will explore the world of multiple dimensions. What is a dimension? What is the fourth (and higher) dimension? Build your own hypercube and take it home to impress your friends and family!


Error Correcting Codes in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
What are messages? How are things communicated over networks? Signals go in one end and out the other, how can we know we got the right message? Come to this class to find the answers to these questions and more!


Intro to Machine Learning in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
This class is intended to give you a rough idea about machine learning. It covers some of the history of the field, the basic ideas, and a few exciting applications.


Advanced Geometry in HSSP (2006)
Bored of the geometry you've been learning in school over and over again? In this class, we will look at ...


Explorations in Mathematics in HSSP (2006)
So, this course will consider some interesting mathematical results not part of the usual high school curriculum though it is ...


Modular Origami in FIREHOSE (2006)
Have you ever seen an origami buckyball and wished you can make one? come learn some of the basics of ...


Number theory in SPLASHONWHEELS (2006)
A general introductory course in Number Theory. Explore properties of divisibility and linear congruences


Origami in SPLASHONWHEELS (2006)
Origami for everyone- we're learning some of the basic bases of origami folding. There will be some intro level books ...


Introduction to number theory in SPLASH (2006)
Numbers have many great and very interesting properties and number theory is the branch of mathematics where people study these ...


Lego Engineering in SPLASH (2006)
Like Legos? Would you like to come play with legos for 2 hours and learn about engineering concepts. Join us ...


Lego Engineering in SPLASH (2006)
Like Legos? Would you like to come play with legos for 2 hours and learn about engineering concepts. Join us ...


Modular Origami in SPLASH (2006)
Like origami but can't fold these complicated animals? Come learn how to put together some very cool geometrical figures from ...


The Method of weights. in SPLASH (2006)
A different and very interesting way of dealing with geometry problems that deal with ratios of areas or lengths.


Advanced Geometry in SPLASH (2005)
Bored of the geometry you've been learning in school over and over again? In this class, we will look at ...


Advanced Geometry in SPLASH (2005)
Bored of the geometry you've been learning in school over and over again? In this class, we will look at ...


Modular Origami in SPLASH (2005)
Like origami but can't fold these complicated animals? Come learn how to put together some very cool geometrical figures from ...


Modular Origami in SPLASH (2005)
Like origami but can't fold those complicated animals? Come learn how to put together some very cool geometrical figures from ...