Students Win Honors at Mid-South Computing Conference, Regional Programming Contest

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 20, 2013 – Several High Point University computer science students recently earned honors at two national conferences.

Seven students attended the Mid-Southeast ACM Regional Conference, where they presented research projects. Of the 31 undergraduate presentations, HPU senior Christian Weigandt was awarded second place for his work, “Improving Concept Detection in a Video by Utilizing Temporal Relationships.”

Two other HPU presentations received honorable mention – “Can Your iPad Host a LAN party? Analyzing the Feasibility and Practicality of Portable-Server-Computing within a Classroom Environment,” by Matthew Matze, Reza Moghtaderi Esfahani and Thomas Douglas; and “Honey, I Shrunk the Server: Transitioning a Server to an iPad,” by Thomas Langford and Christian Weigandt. The two projects were the result of working with the HPU economics department on an educational iPad app, which was part of a Think Big Grant.

Four teams of students also participated in the ACM Regional Programming Contest. There, they competed against 191 teams from schools in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania in the annual programming competition, sponsored by IBM. The HPU team of Nick Zayatz, David Naylor and Chris Davila placed 41st.

“I’m impressed with the success of our students at these events,” says Roger Shore, associate professor of mathematics and computer science. “The only schools that placed above us have graduate programs in computer science. Not only is it a remarkable and educational experience, but the students really enjoy preparing and participating in these events.”

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