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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