VTURCS Undergraduate Research and Capstone Symposium

Publish Date: 04/29/2014

On Thursday, April 24, the Computer Science Department held its 12th VTURCS Spring Symposium. Virginia Tech Undergraduate Research in Computer Science (VTURCS) encourages Computer Science undergraduate students to become involved in research. This year's symposium featured 15 projects, including six capstone projects from the CS 4284 Systems and Networking Capstone course, CS 4414 Issues in Scientific Computing and CS 4624 Multimedia/ Hypertext.

The organizers of VTURCS wish to thank all of the judges, including faculty Dr. Denis Gracanin, Dr. Eli Tilevich, and Dr. Godmar Back, and industry representatives Robert Gunter (Capital One), Don Sanderson and Sarah Bastian (Eastman Chemical), Christine Cantu (Fidelity), Steve Choquette (IBM), Laura Bain (Intel), Erin Starnes (Qualcomm), Greg Caufman (Solers), and Rebecca Taylor (Vanguard). Ward Bonneford, Franklin Zheng, Suhas Patel

Awards were presented in four categories:

Research Award
1.  R1: Enabling Efficient Intra-Warp Communication for Fourier Transforms in a Many-Core Architecture
Carlo del Mundo
Advisor: Wu-chun Feng

2. R6: Tracking Mental Engagement: Bringing Context to EEG Data
Ryan Merkel, Jayanth Prathipati, Andrew Weckstein
Advisors: Scott McCrickard, Bobby Beaton

3. R4: Bridging PhoneGap: Native Execution of JavaScript Mobile Applications on the Android Platform
Mohammed Davoodi, Ethan Holder
Advisor: Eli Tilevich

Capstone Award
1. C1: Fortran implementation of QNSTOP for global and stochastic optimization
Brandon Amos
Advisor: Layne Watson 

2. C5: Event Aware Focused Crawler
Ward Bonnefond, Chris Menzel, Zack Morris, Suhas Patel, Tyler Ritchie, Mark Tedesco, Franklin Zheng
Advisors: Ed Fox, Mohamed Magdy Gharib Farag

3. C6: BargainBurg: A Study in Startup Engineering
Antuan Byalik, Tyler Kahn
Advisor: Eli Tilevich

Marston Award
1. C6: BargainBurg: A Study in Startup Engineering
Antuan Byalik, Tyler Kahn
Advisor: Eli Tilevich

T2. C3: Kinda Right
Austin Lopez-Gomez, Divit Singh
Advisor: Ed Fox

T2. R6: Tracking Mental Engagement: Bringing Context to EEG Data
Ryan Merkel, Jayanth Prathipati, Andrew Weckstein
Advisors: Scott McCrickard, Bobby Beaton

People's Choice Award
1. R4: Bridging PhoneGap: Native Execution of JavaScript Mobile Applications on the Android Platform
Mohammed Davoodi, Ethan Holder
Advisor: Eli Tilevich

2. R6: Tracking Mental Engagement: Bringing Context to EEG Data
Ryan Merkel, Jayanth Prathipati, Andrew Weckstein
Advisors: Scott McCrickard, Bobby Beaton

3. R1: Enabling Efficient Intra-Warp Communication for Fourier Transforms in a Many-Core Architecture
Carlo del Mundo
Advisor: Wu-chun Feng

Pictures from the VTURCS Symposium