Computer Science Students Take 1st and 2nd Place Honors at Penn State Behrend Conference

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Two Westminster senior computer science majors, Dylan Karas and Tim Matyas, presented the results of their capstone projects at the 2012 Penn State Behrend Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

Both students presented their research in the Computer Science, Engineering and Physics session and were awarded top honors in that division as follows:  Dylan, 1st place; and Tim, 2nd place.  Congratulations Dylan and Tim!

Dr. David Shaffer accompanied the students to the conference and served as a judge for the presentations.  The students' research topics were the following:

Dylan Karas:  "A Puzzle Game Controlled by Live MIDI Input" 
Advisor: Dr. David Shaffer

Tim Matyas:  "An Autonomous Room-Navigating Robot"
Advisor: Dr. David Shaffer.

The conference also brought together participants from Allegheny College, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Gannon University, Kutztown University, Mercyhurst College, Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Schuylkill, Penn State York, Thiel College, and University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, in addition to Westminster and Penn State Behrend. 

Students presented research in a variety of fields in addition to Computer Science, Engineering and Physics, including Biology, Business, Chemistry, Geoscience, History, Mathematics, Physical Science and Psychology.  A total of 92 posters and 72 oral presentations were given across these disciplines.

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Timothy Matyas and Dylan Karas