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Bir Named CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Honorable Mention

 

December 2005

Senior Computer Science major Timsy Bir has been selected for Honorable Mention for the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate Award 2006, sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs. The award program recognizes undergraduate students in US or Canadian universities and colleges who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research.

Timsy Bir

Two undergraduate students, one female and one male, who are majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or an equivalent program, are recognized as the year's outstanding graduates, along with two students named as runners-up. In addition, five female students and five male students were selected as finalists and ten female and ten male students were chosen as honorable mention. Nominees must attend a university or college located in the United States or Canada, and must be nominated by the department chair or a faculty member. In addition to evidence of significant research contributions, the student's academic record and service to the community are also considered.

A number of this year's nominees were commended for making significant contributions to more than one research project, several were authors or coauthors on multiple papers, others had made presentations at major conferences, and some had produced software artifacts that were in widespread use. Many of the nominees had been involved in successful summer research or internship programs; many had been teaching assistants, tutors, or mentors; and a number had significant involvement in community volunteer efforts.

Timsy's research is being conducted with Professor Mark Dubin of the Department of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology. Alzheimer's Disease effects people's abilities to interpret motion and other visual cues even before it effects memory. Dubin and Bir are recreating some traditional 2D visual tests in a 3D virtual environment to see if the added dimension helps in detecting the disease in people.

The awards are presented at one of the major computing research conferences sponsored by CRA, ACM, the IEEE Computer Society, SIAM, AAAI, or USENIX.

 
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