Sophia Fang, Paul Kefer, Robert Langefeld, Hao Tong, Eva Wu, and Yixin Zhang
From Wake Forest University, the Daemon Deacons will be a third-time competitor in the SCC at SC20. Team Advisor Dr. Sam Cho shared that the team finished first in the Reproducibility Challenge last year, and are ready to improve in the other sections. This international "American" team has representatives from three different nations, and its team members can fluently speak German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. Two are veterans, including one who participated in two previous SCCs, and four are first-time competitors.
This team is diverse yet complimentary. Fang and Langefeld are both juniors. Fang is interested in biostatistics, while Langefeld favors clinical image analysis, machine learning, and molecular dynamics simulations. Wu, Kefer, Tong, and Zhang are all seniors. Wu is interested in language competence, computer vision, and statistical models. Kefer's focus is artificial intelligence; Tong's is biomedical informatics; and Zhang's is algorithms, machine learning, and HPC. This team is motivated with a fun side: their team slogan is "Never Gonna Give You Up" (the Rick Astley song).