Capstone Students Take Top Honors at Behrend Conference

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Five Westminster senior computer science majors presented the results of their capstone projects at the 2013 Penn State Behrend Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference on Saturday, April 13, 2013.   
 
Dr. John Bonomo and Dr. David Shaffer accompanied the students to the conference and served as judges for the presentations.
 
Two of the five students were awarded top honors in the Computer Science and Engineering session as follows:  Anthony Caratelli, 1st place; and Daniel Solomon, 2nd place.  Congratulations Anthony and Daniel!
 
The students' research topics and advisors are listed below:

Peter Barber:  "Simulation of Plant Growth and Evolution using Genetic Algorithms"
Advisor:  Dr. John Bonomo

Anthony Caratelli:  "Casino Solitaire"
Advisor:  Dr. John Bonomo

Jacob Cratsa:  "Class Capture"
Advisor:  Dr. David Shaffer

Daniel Solomon:  "Improving Upon Previous Movie Database Programs"
Advisor:  Dr. David Shaffer

Ryen Wilkins:  "Creating Adaptive Characters in Interactive Fiction through the use of a Genetic Algorithm"
Advisor:  Dr. David Shaffer 

The conference featured over 140 posters and oral presentations involving faculty and students from twelve colleges in Pennsylvania.
 
Students presented research in a variety of fields in addition to Computer Science and Engineering, including Biology, Business, Chemistry, Education, History, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Social Science, and Women's Studies.


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Jacob Cratsa, Ryen Wilkins, Daniel Solomon, Peter Barber, and Anthony Caratelli