NC State wins Computer Contest

July 12, 2006

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
    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
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    CONTACT: Randi Hicks Rowe, +1-703-836-0900 or +1-571-218-0984, for IEEE
Computer Society

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