2nd Annual Tech Showcase and Alumni BBQ Held at Silicon Valley Campus-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

2nd Annual Tech Showcase and Alumni BBQ Held at Silicon Valley Campus-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

2nd Annual Tech Showcase and Alumni BBQ Held at Silicon Valley Campus

Combining the Tech Showcase and Alumni BBQ may cause a few to ponder. But when you realize that many alumni are technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, it makes perfect sense to offer them the opportunity to discover the new research being performed at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley campus (CMUSV).

Building on last year’s success, the 2nd Annual Tech Showcase offered over 28 research presentations and an external judging panel, an adjustment from last year’s judging by faculty. The judges included Jean-Claude Junqua, VP of Panasonic Research; Steve Hoover, CEO of Palo Alto Research Center (PARC); and Jarek Wilkiewicz, Developer Advocate at Google. They were mightily impressed with the research and after reviewing 28 projects, offered three prizes: Best Demo, Best Poster and Best Project.

Winning Best Demo was Le T. Nguyen with his project, “ProbIN: Probalistic Infrastructureless Navigation.” The project uses mobile phones to determine indoor location of a user when faced with an emergency situtation.

The Best Project award was given to Paul Maergner for his project “Web-based Vocabulary Selection for Speech Recognition of Lectures”. Keywords used in different lectures vary depending on the topic. These words are often not correctly recognized by current unadapted speech recognition systems. Paul's project tackles this issue using a new approach which automatically adapts the speech recognition vocabulary to the specific lecture. His approach significantly improves word coverage and recognition accuracy of a speech recognition system.

The third award, presented for Best Poster, was given to Shekar Deo, Manoj Rajshekar, Nishant Menon, and Govindarajan Rajagopalan. Their project entitled, “Engage Click,” offers an interactive and engaging advertising solution delivering a unique ad format with user-friendly human interaction proof capabilities.

One of the best poster award winners Manoj Rajshekar described,"It was exciting to demonstrate our product, which was conceived of during the second year of our Software Management program. We were able to bring it from concept to roll-out through the course of the curriculum, and the faculty provided tremendous mentoring and coaching along the way. Now not only have I graduated with a degree from Carnegie Mellon, I'm leaving with my own company as well!"

Also presenting posters at the Tech Showcase were 17 students from Professor Ted Selker’s class, where they were required to develop an Android mobile product in the span of 5 weeks. View all the projects from the Tech Showcase.

Afterward, attendees enjoyed reconnecting with the campus, while munching some delicious BBQ fare. To the delight of many students and alumni, the Alumni Regional Programs Director Mara Barker and the University Bookstore were on site with giveaways and merchandise.

Next year, the campus is extremely pleased to offer the entire Bay Area CMU family the opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater in their own backyard. CMUSV looks forward to celebrating again next year on June 9, 2012 for the 10th anniversary in the Silicon Valley. The celebration will highlight the impact that CMU has had on the area over the past ten years.