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Computer Science Student Contributing to Political Redistricting Project

Gilver Gil
Gilver Gil
Gilver Gil

Gilvir Gill — the URECA Undergraduate Researcher of the Month for February 2021 — is a junior double majoring in computer science and mathematics with a minor in political science. He has been a member of the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) PoliTech team since August 2019. Under the mentorship of Computer Science Professor Robert Kelly, the VIP-PoliTech team has been working to develop and optimize an algorithm for the Automated Redistricting System — a system for randomly generating congressional district maps using graph partition techniques and Markov Chain Monte Carlo approaches. 

Gill has contributed to the project by aggregating census and election data from various sources, coordinating three subteams to improve and visualize redistricting algorithms, and creating a frontend visualization as part of the PoliTech Automated Redistricting System to smoothly display tens of thousands of electoral precincts simultaneously in large states.

Gill is in the computer science honors program and has served as a teaching assistant for CSE Honors Theory of Computation. 

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