RAISE-24 Recap: Does News Media Spread Fear of AI?

April 26, 2024


The final round for the RAISE-24 Informatics – Data Science competition was held Friday, April 19, 2024 at the Bloustein School. Hosted by the Master of Public Informatics (MPI) program, the inaugural competition challenge asked competitors “Does News Media Spread Fear of AI?” This competition aimed to discover dominant themes in media coverage of AI by analyzing news headlines. RAISE 2024 was a great opportunity for talented students to showcase their informatics, data science, analytics, and problem-solving skills. Over a hundred teams registered for the competition. For the final round, teams from as far away as Illinois gathered in New Brunswick, New Jersey for the final presentations and award ceremony. More information about the competition can be found on the RAISE-24 page.

Winners – Graduate Track

First Prize

Team Machine Minds – Montclair State UniversityIsabele BittencourtRamy OthmanAnand GopeekrishnanOla Suaifan

Second Prize

Team Three Musketeers – Rutgers UniversityVarun AlurTej S.Sabrina Burns

Special Mention

Team AInsight: Nayeon Kwak – Bentley University, Hyo Min Yoo – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Kyung Jin Kwak – Illinois Institute of Technology

Exceptional Excellence in Informatics

Team Ace Attorney: Zhaowen Guo – University of WashingtonChenyue Cao – University of Chicago

Unique Contributions Recognition

Data Dynamos –  Rutgers UniversityMd. Nurul HoqueHyeryeng ShinJiatong Yang

RAISE-24 Graduate Winners

Winners – Undergraduate Track

First Prize

The Commons: Almutwakel Hassan – Carnegie Mellon UniversityKyle De Los Santos – Rutgers University

Second Prize

Breaking Bad Data: Anas Moazzam – New York UniversityKevin Soriano Aguilar – New York University, Arjun Rajpal – New York University, Faheem Karim – Stony Brook University, Bishawajit Saha – Stevens Institute of Technology

Special Mention

Team GTG from New York UniversityYuxi Z.Quanquan Xie, Ruojin Song, Chuhan Ku

Unique Contributions

VeggieB from New York University: Xiaoxin Liu, Zichao Zhang, Ziyu Kong

Data Arsonists from Rutgers UniversityYONGYI YU, Jiatong Pan, Jingxuan Ma, Haotian Bi, Xiaozhe Shao

Undergraduate track winners RAISE-24


Justin Hendrix – CEO and Editor of Tech Policy Press (Keynote Speaker)

Cory Yemen, Ph.D. – Visiting Scholar – McIntire Business Institute at the University of Virginia School of Commerce, Senior Research Fellow – Center for Appraisal Research and Technology (CART), and a Director of Data Science at Labcorp

Poonam Soans – Chief Data Officer (CDO) and Director of Application Development for the State of New Jersey.

Mark Aakhus, Ph.D. – Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Communication, Rutgers University School of Communication and Information

Florence Hudson – Executive Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the Northeast Big Data Innovation HubThe Data Science Institute at Columbia University

Emily Rothenberg – National Student Data Corps Program Manager, Northeast Big Data Innovation HubThe Data Science Institute at Columbia University

Rick Anderson –  Director of Virtual Worlds Rutgers UniversityThe Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab and Co-Founder and Trustee of Fair Use Building and Research Labs

Balaji Dhamodharan – Senior Principal Data Scientist, MLOps strategy, NXP Semiconductors


We would like to congratulate ALL the teams for their brilliant presentations on the fear of AI from AI news! We would also like to thank Dean Stuart Shapiro, Prof. Clinton AndrewsTamara Swedberg, Stephanie Crozier, and the rest of the Bloustein team, our judges, the 103 national teams that registered for the competition, and all other participants that have collaborated with us to make RAISE-24 a success! Thank you for joining us in the pursuit of informatics and AI for public good!

Best wishes,

RAISE-24 Chair Jim Samuel

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