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April 12, 2012 3:57 PM

Conestoga student presentations take top prizes in area competition

Engineering and computer science students from Conestoga and the University of Waterloo had the opportunity to hone their communications skills as they presented papers on a variety of technology-related topics to a panel of judges and guests at the annual Student Paper Competition for the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) held at Waterloo on Thursday, March 29.

The event was hosted by Waterloo’s IEEE Student Branch.

Andrew Murdoch and Ian Buller, students in Conestoga’s Integrated Telecommunication and Computer Technologies degree program, received first place in the competition and were awarded $500 for presenting their paper on “Dynamic Real Time Equalization and Visualization System.” The project can categorize music and is able to tell the difference between such genres as rock, techno and hip hop.

Third place in the competition, and an award of $200, were presented to Conestoga students Stuart Cybulskie (Computer Engineering Technology) and Justin To (Electronics Engineering Technology) for their paper on “Embedded Parallel Processing Machine Vision Camera.” The design produces a camera that can process very large images much faster than is possible on current devices.

The other winning entry, detailing the development status of the recently formed WarBot Small Size League robotic soccer team, was presented by Cong Wang, Tony Wu and Anson Ho from the University of Waterloo.  Another Waterloo entry related to the design of environmentally responsible aircraft with reduced noise, emissions and operating cost, received honourable mention.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the advancement of technological innovation and excellence.  With more than 400,000 members in more than 160 countries, the organization inspires a global community through its highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

The annual Student Paper Competition provides undergraduate IEEE student members with opportunities to enhance their written and verbal communication skills as they gain experience in expressing ideas related to engineering.  Entries are evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of twenty equally weighted judging criteria. , with a weight of 55 per cent placed on the written presentation and 45 percent applied to the oral presentation.  More information on the competition is available online

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