Huy Vu, a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, won the worldwide “Dance Your PhD” competition in the Social Sciences category for a video he created, “Artificial Intelligence with Personality.” The competition — run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and its research journal, Science — requires students to explain their PhD thesis through dance and body movements. Huy’s thesis is on the PsychGenerator, which he developed in the HLAB (Human Language Analysis Beings) on campus.
“As a last-year PhD student, the process of making this video in a way summarizes my whole PhD journey, with all ups and downs and the belief that everything will turn out well at the end. Winning this contest helps my message spread further to all my PhD peers everywhere, which I believe share the same story,” said Huy.
The “Dance Your PhD” competition aims to inspire researchers to communicate their studies through dance. Now in its 15th year, the contest received 28 entries submitted from 12 countries this year. It spans four categories: biology, chemistry, physics and social sciences, each with its own winner. The category’s winners receive $500; the overall champion wins an extra $2000.