Tuesday, March 16, 2010

HU Hosts Robotics Conference and Olympiad

HU Hosts Robotics Conference and Olympiad

The Hampton University Department of Computer Science will host the second annual ARTSI Student Research Conference and the eighth annual Computer Science Olympiad. The conference and Olympiad will be held March 25-27 in the Hampton University Student Center Ballroom.

The Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Alliance is a collaborative project between HU and several HBCUs and Research I institutions. The alliance focuses on robotics research and education in healthcare, entrepreneurship and the arts.

The three-day ARTSI Conference includes a research conference where students can present and observe oral and poster presentations.

The ARTSI conference also involves a computer science Olympiad. Students will have the opportunity to compete for prizes and demonstrate their talents in the areas of hardware and software integration, cryptography, robotics and programming.

HU teams have done well in past ARTSI competitions. At the 2009 ARTSI Olympiad an HU team placed second in the overall Olympiad.

“The HU Department of Computer Science is looking forward to the conference,” stated Dr. Chutima Boonthum, HU assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and principal investigator of ARTSI Alliance at HU. “Our teams are competitive and hope to win the Olympiad prizes again this year. And of course, we are ready to welcome our guests from ARTSI HBCUs and R1s to our Home by the Sea.”

The opening session on Friday, March 26 at 9 a.m. is open to the public. Registration for the remainder of the Olympiad is $150 for non-ARTSI/ADMI members.

For more information regarding the conference please contact Dr. Chutima Boonthum at chutima.boonthum@hamptonu.edu or 757-727-5082.

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