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HPCC Systems collaborates with a number of academic institutions in the USA, Europe and India. Our intern program, welcomes students on to the HPCC Systems platform team during the summer recess to work on HPCC Systems related projects. Our Academic Program supports research projects requiring data analytics which students also contribute to and as a result, are eligible to enter this contest. In fact, any student working on an HPCC Systems related project is welcome to enter this contest, regardless of whether they are an intern or academic partner contributor.  

We held our first technical presentation competition at our Community Day Summit in 2016. The aim of this contest is to give students working on HPCC Systems related projects, an opportunity to showcase their achievements to a wide audience of HPCC Systems open source community members and LexisNexis Risk Solutions employees. This event is held at our annual HPCC Systems Community Day Summit and you can read all about what happened at last year's poster contest by reading our Fly on the Wall - 2019 Poster Contest Blog.

Our 2020 Poster Contest will be held virtually this year, so it is going to look a little difference to our judges and students, but the outcome will look the same. We will announce the results on Community Day itself on Monday 5th October between 2-3pm ET. Also on the day, we will be presenting a new award to the student whose poster receives the most votes from all our Community Day attendees. This award is called the 'Community Choice Award'.

About the Students

We have 13 entries into our 2020 Poster Contest, with students presenting from 4 continents; North America, South America, Asia and Europe. The students range from high school right the way through to PhD level and there is also a wide variety of topics covered by their work. The list of students entering this contest is shown below and you can see full attracts of each of the posters here. The posters themselves will be available on Community Day (Monday October 5th 2020) when you will also be able to meet the students at our Interactive Expo and visit the chat room to ask questions or comment on their work. Once you have seen them all, you can then register your vote for our new Community Choice Award.

Students Presenting from Asia

Ambu Karthik - Implementation of Generative Adversarial Networks in HPCC Systems using GNN Bundle
RV College of Engineering, India

Atreya Bain - HSQL: An SQL-like language for HPCC Systems
RV College of Engineering, India

Varsha Jenni - Hybrid Density-based Adaptive clustering using Gaussian kernel and Grid Search
RV College of Engineering, India

Students Presenting from Europe

Nathan Halliday - The Parallel Workflow Engine
Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, UK

Students Presenting from North America

Gurman Singh - The Making of an Agriculture Data Lake
North Carolina State University

Jack Fields - Using HPCC Systems GNN Bundle with TensorFlow to Train a Model to Find Known Faces Leveraging the Robotics API
American Heritage School of Boca/Delray

Jefferson Mao - HPCC Systems on Google Anthos
Lambert High School, Georgia

Matthias Murray - Applying HPCC Systems TextVector to SEC Filings
New College of Florida

Robert Kennedy - Distributed GPU Accelerated Neural Networks with GNN
Florida Atlantic University

Vannel Zeufack - Preprocessing Bundle for HPCC Systems Machine Learning Library
Kennesaw State University

Yash Mishra - Leveraging and Evaluating Kubernetes Support on Microsoft Azure
Clemson University

Students Presenting from South America

Johny Chen Jy - Deltabase caching solutions: an exploratory analysis for increasing ROXIE queries’ performance
Federal University of Santa Catarina, (UFSC), Brazil

Lucas Varella - A Cross Provider Assessment for HPCC Systems Container Orchestration
Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil

About the Judges

As always, we have four judges this year. Three of our judges are colleagues representing different LexisNexis Risk Solutions teams and our external judge is one of our academic contributors.

Jingqing Zhang
PhD Candidate, Department of Computing
Imperial College London
Find out more about our collaboration with Imperial College London, including related academic papers and presentations. 

Kenneth Rowland
Consulting Software Engineer
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Ken works on the HPCC Systems development team. 

Raja Sundarrajan
Senior Software Engineer
LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Nicole Navarro
Software Engineer II
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Nicole was an HPCC Systems intern in 2018 working on an HPCC Systems related project to measure the social distribution of opioid prescriptions. She presented a Tech Talk and Poster about her project and you can find out more using these links (Watch Recording / View Slides / View Poster).

About the Awards

This year, we are awarding prizes in the following categories:


This category focuses on looking at the originality of the project, the relevance to the HPCC Systems and the relevance to the conference theme.

Poster Design

This category focuses on looking at the organization and the visual appeal of the poster as well as the relationship with the content.


This category focuses on how the student communicated their ideas, including the flow and clarity of the presentation.

Community Choice

This will be awarded for the first time in 2020. All Community Day attendees can vote for their favourite poster in an award that will truly reflect the views of the HPCC Systems Open Source Community.

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