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Wrap up: CS Demo Day a huge success!

Computer Science Demo Day, held Thursday, April 9, was the biggest yet!

Computer Science Demo Day, held Thursday, April 9, was a huge success!  With over 200 hundred people in attendance, this Demo Day was the largest ever.

Four student research groups presented the results of the research they'd pursued over the past semester.

The first group, led by Dr. Kevin Seppi, was called "Eagle Eyes."  Students Ken Buu and Jesse Bahr created educational games for individuals with severe physical and neurological disabilities, such as traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and congenital brain disorders, who are otherwise unable to communicate.  The games, a picture adventure and a 3D maze game, allow the individuals to communicate with the world around them, teach cause and effect, and strengthen memory.

The second group, led by Dr. Quinn Snell, was called "Tap It."  Students Dave DeLong, Michael Hansen, and Jenny Stokes created an iPhone application modeled off of the popular game "Bop It."  This creative and entertaining project presented several programming problems and required the three team members to stretch and grow their CS skills. 

Dr. Mark Clement was the advisor for the third group, which delt with gene regulatory networks and consisted of students Paul Bodily and David Oviatt.  This project applied computer science to the study of genetics and biology.  Using complex algorithms, the students are looking at the ways in which technology can better the human condition.  Their findings may have an impact on such varied disorders as cancer and Down Syndrome.

The fourth and final group was another iPhone group led by Dr. Snell.  In this group, Jonathan Davis, Mary Ebert, Kawika Heftel, and Jeff Peters created an iPhone app called "Echo This," which used sound and color to create a game requiring quick thinking and coordination.

After all four groups had made their presentations, the audience members had the chance to vote for their favorite presentations, a CS Demo Day first.  The audience ballots were also entered into a raffle.  Several students won CS Department t-shirts, and three lucky students had their names drawn for $200 in cash prizes.  Finally, the winners of the presentation competition were announced.  The members of "Echo This," the second place group and the winners of the "Audience Choice Award," took home $150 each, and the grand prize winning students from the "Tap It" group each took home $230 cash.  All cash prizes were sponsored by Mozy.  

Following the awards, the audience celebrated with pizza and drinks, also sponsored by Mozy.

For information about participating in the Demo Day, please contact Kiersten Nielsen

 Below: Ken Buu and Jesse Bahr present their research.


Paul Bodily (teammate, David Oviatt is not shown) discusses gene regulatory networks


"Echo This" members.  From left to right, Department Chair Dr. Parris Egbert, group members Jeff Peters and Kawika Heftel, Mozy COO Vance Checketts, and team members Jonathan Davis and Mary Ebert


The grand prize-winning group, "Tap It."  From left to right, Department Chair Dr. Parris Egbert, group members Michael Hansen, Dave DeLong (holding the Demo Day Plaque, which lists past winners), and Jenny Stokes, and Mozy COO Vance Checketts