The TechFiesta CS/ECE Talent Showcase Day was a success!

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

techfiestaeventWe wanted to thank all who came out to see current research from our students. There were many students and tech community members in attendance for the poster competition and research talks. Provost Chaouki Abdallah and Associate Dean of Research Christos Christodoulou made the welcoming remarks. Michalis Faloutsos, CS Department Chair, gave an overview of CS and ECE and later Sue Buffington, SOE Internship Coordinator, talked about the NSF STEP internship program. Professors Mueen and Hayat gave a glimpse of their research activities while Professor Suleiman Kassicieh shared information about the UNM Business Place Competition. We also had Jovan Heusser from STC discussing tech transfers.

Following the research talks was the Student Research Poster Competition. There were 20 posters submitted and presented at the event. We would like to congratulate all poster participants as well as our panel of 7 exceptional judges who evaluated the posters. The judges were Dr. Suleiman Kassicieh (Distinguished Professor at ASM), Bruce Pitt (Principal Consultant and Owner of RBCG,  LLC.), John Mierzwa (Director  of STEMulus Initiatives at CNM and CEO & Founder at Deep Dive Coders), Pamela Weese (Director of Business Development at Verge Fund), Lawrence Chavez (Chief Executive at Lotus Leaf Coatings), Brian Stinar (Cofounder of Noventum Custom Software and IT) and Bill Hartman (President and CEO at Ion Lianc Systems).The judges unanimously expressed their admiration for the quality of work displayed by students.

The competition was fierce, and we had a three way tie for 2nd place. The winners are:

1st Place:

“Haptic-Guided Motion Planning Through Potential Fields” by Torin Adamson, John Baxter, Kasra Manavi, April Suknot, Bruna Jacobson, Patrick Gage Kelley, and Lydia Tapia

2nd Place:

“Infrared Screening for Quantitative Early Diagnostics of Peripheral Neuropathy” by Viktor Chekh, Greg Iven, Shuang Luan, Peter Soliz, and Mark Burge

“Computational Methods for Studying Allergies: Simulation and Analysis of Antibody Aggregation” by Kasra Manavi, Alan Kuntz and Lydia Tapia

“Dual-domain Hierarchical Phoneme Classification” by Hossein Hamooni and Abdullah Mueen

People’s Choice:

“Low Voltage CMOS Compatible Linear-mode p-n Junction Silicon Avalanche Photodiode” by Md Mottaleb Hossain, Payman Zarkesh-Ha, and Maheed M. Hayat

Again, we would like to thank students, faculty and our community members for coming out for the TechFiesta CS/ECE Day. This event would not have been possible without our sponsors; special thanks to COSMIAC, Starbucks and STC for helping make this event wonderful.

 

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SOE Feautured News: Computer Science, ECE celebrate Tech Fiesta with research talks, posters

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

As Featured on the SOE News Website:

By Kim Delker

The departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering celebrated what UNM has to offer the Albuquerque tech community during the city-wide Tech Fiesta on Wednesday (Sept. 10).

The event, held in the Centennial Engineering Center, featured networking with students, faculty and local tech professionals, as well as research talks by Abdullah Mueen, assistant professor of computer science, and Majeed Hayat, professor of electrical and computer engineering. The welcome was given by Provost Chaouki Abdallah and Christos Christodoulou, associate dean of research for the School of Engineering.

Since translating technology into innovation is a key goal in the school, representatives from the UNM business world were on hand. Suleiman Kassicieh, distinguished professor in the Anderson School of Management, who discussed the UNM Business Plan Competition, set for March 2015; and Jovan Heusser, senior innovation manager at STC.UNM.

The heart of the event came from the students who participated in the research poster competition. Many students, faculty and local tech professionals were on hand to peruse the posters and discuss research with the students. Twenty posters, spanning various engineering disciplines, were in the competition. Posters were judged by local professionals in the technology field.

Students participating said they felt the hard work was well worth the effort.
“My advisor suggested I participate, and it’s good to get the experience,” said Michael Wyatt, a Ph.D. student in computer science. His poster was titled “Optimization by Genetic Algorithm of GPCR Ligand Classification.”

Winners of the competition were:

First place: Torin Adamson, John Baxter, Kasra Manavi, April Suknot, Bruna Jacobson, Patrick Gage Kelley and Lydia Tapia, for “Haptic-Guided Motion Planning Through Potential Fields” (Computer Science).

Second place (three-way tie): Kasra Manavi for “Computational Methods for Studying Allergies: Simulation and Analysis of Antibody Aggregation” (Computer Science); Hossein Hamooni and Abdullah Mueen for “Dual-domain Hierarchical Phoneme Classification” (Computer Science); and Victor Chekh, Greg Iven, Shuang Luan, Peter Soliz and Mark Burge for “Infrared Screening for Quantitative Early Diagnostics of Peripheral Neuropathy” (Computer Science).

The people’s choice award went to Md. Mottaleb Hossain, Payman Zarkesh-Ha and Majeed M. Hayat for “Low Voltage CMOS Compatible Linear-mode p-n Junction Silicon Avalanche Photodiode” (Center for High Technology Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering).

Source:  SOE

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