Catch up with Samsara Counts, a GW Undergraduate Research Awardee!

Samsara Counts
Samsara Counts, a senior majoring in computer science and mathematics, plans to pursue a CBYX fellowship in Germany after graduation. (Kristen Mitchell/ GW Today)
April 12, 2019

A senior majoring in computer science and mathematics at GW, Samsara Counts has recently been featured in GW Today!  Recognizing the glamorized images of extremely thin women, Samsara is developing “filterED,” a Google Chrome browser extension for eating-disorder patients that filters out and blocks triggering content.  The foundation of the browser extension is a deep learning classifier taught to identify triggering images from pro-eating disorder communities online that support disordered eating.

Samsara began working on this project in fall 2017 under Robert Pless, chair of the Computer Science Department and the Patrick and Donna Martin Professor of Computer Science. She presented her paper with Dr. Pless on this work at the 2018 Applied Imagery Pattern Recognition (AIPR) annual workshop in the fall and was awarded best student paper presentation.