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May 3, 2010

CCNY Wins 3 Awards at Vienna Science Conference

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Members of the CCNY delegation to the Junior Science Conference 2010 at the Technical University of Vienna.

Twenty-three undergraduate and graduate students from The City College of New York (CCNY) traveled to Austria April 7 - 9 to participate in the Junior Science Conference 2010 at the Technical University of Vienna.  Senior computer engineering major Igor Labutov took first prize in the masters-level poster competition; two other CCNY students also received prizes.

The biannual event, which presents student research in four areas - computational science and engineering, materials and matter, information and communication technology, and energy and environment – attracted more than 200 students from colleges and universities in 14 countries.  CCNY had the second largest delegation after the host school and was the only U.S. institution to participate, noted Elizabeth Rudolph, CCNY assistant to the dean of science.

Mr. Labutov won for his poster, “Generating Near-Spherical Probabilistic Range Panoramas Using a Single Camera Catadioptric Stereo Rig,” and received a €1,000 prize.  The poster describes new sensors he helped develop for flying robots that allows the robot to see in almost every direction and sense depth.   Applications for the sensor include surveillance and mapping indoor settings. 

“I like the idea of this conference since it is more of a student conference, in contrast to a professional conference, and we get to see the breadth or work and interact with international peers,” Mr. Labutov said.

Other winners from CCNY were Magdalini Katehis, a senior environmental science and engineering major, who took fifth place in the masters-level competition, and Xiaodong Yang, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical and computer engineering, who took fourth place in the Ph.D.-level contest.

The Junior Science Conference is held every two years, alternating with Einsteins in the City, a student research conference at CCNY that will take place in 2011.  CCNY students who traveled to Austria were supported by the Grove School of Engineering, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the Division of Science.

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