N.C. State Team Wins Computer Contest Beijing and Romanian Teams Round Out Top Three



    WASHINGTON, July 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A North Carolina State University
 computer design team won the IEEE Computer Society International Design
 Competition with its project "SunRay." The Beijing University of Posts and
 Telecommunications team took second place with its project "Coal Mine
 Enhancing System," and "Synairgy," the project of the Politehnica
 University of Bucharest team, placed third. N.C. State also won the
 Microsoft Award for Software Engineering. The Microsoft Multimedia Award
 went to Nanjing University for creative use of multimedia in the
 presentation and demonstration of their project, "AntiHunter."
     "This year's top ten were some of the best teams we've seen. Each year
 the judging becomes harder and harder," said Susan K. (Kathy) Land, a
 program manager with Northrop Grumman and lead judge. "The top three teams
 provided the best representation of the contest theme and thoroughly
 covered the topics of software engineering."
     Alan Clements, chair of the CSIDC Executive Committee and a professor
 at the University of Teesside in Teesside, UK, said, "I was surprised at
 the depth of the students' knowledge and maturity in appreciating the way
 the problem fits into the environment and to understand the need for
 publicity and marketability. They even appreciate the need to create
 promotional materials and produce advertising brochures."
     N.C. State's SunRay system uses ray-tracing combined with a numerical
 model to calculate the amount of radiation that falls on a
 three-dimensional form, which more readily approximates that of the human
 body. This improves upon current measures that only measure UV radiation as
 it penetrates flat surfaces. Beijing University's coal mine enhancing
 system collects data about the contaminants and other health risks in mines
 to save the lives of miners through early warning. Politehnica's "Synairgy"
 is a customizable mobile device that warns its wearers, asthmatics and
 others, concerned with air quality, of high levels of pollutants such as
 car exhaust gasses. Nanjing University's "AntiHunter" uses wireless sensor
 networks to identify the sounds of gunshots to help patrols to catch
 poachers.
     Teams demonstrated and presented their projects at the CSIDC World
 Finals July 1-2. The theme for this year's project was Preserving,
 Protecting and Enhancing the Environment.
     The competition drew entries from 133 teams from 28 countries. Other
 finalists in the competition were Boston University, Boston; "SmarTrash";
 California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, Calif.; "Swarm-Cast";
 ICFAI Institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad, India; "Tsunami
 Tracking System" Nanjing University, Nanjing, China; "AntiHunter"; Poznan
 University of Technology, Poznan, Poland; "BirdWatch" and "IntelliForest";
 The University of Jordan, Amman: "AviTrack"
     The IEEE Computer Society Design Competition is sponsored by Microsoft
 and is designed to provide a substantive design experience for
 undergraduate students in computer design and computer engineering fields.
 Teams develop computer-based solutions to real-world problems.
     The IEEE Computer Society is the world's oldest and largest membership
 association of computer professionals. The largest of the 38 societies that
 make up the IEEE, the Computer Society is also the leading provider of
 technical information and services to the computing industry. For more than
 50 years, the Computer Society has provided opportunities for professionals
 to exchange insights and ideas, to solve problems, and to learn what the
 future of the industry may hold. Membership in the Computer Society is open
 to anyone with a serious interest in the computing field. More information
 about the Computer Society's programs, publications, and services is
 available at http://www.computer.org.
     CONTACT: Randi Hicks Rowe, +1-703-836-0900 or +1-571-218-0984, for IEEE
 Computer Society
 
 

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