Press Release for Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Third Annual UNF College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction

The College of Computing, Engineering and Construction at the University of North Florida will hold the third annual student-organized Symposium and Career Showcase from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at the Robinson Student Life Center. The free event is targeted to students, professionals and members of the public who are interested in information technology and computing sciences; civil, electrical and mechanical engineering; and building construction management. An estimated 500 people are expected to attend and participate.

A highlight of the symposium will be at 2:30 p.m., when the Beyond Botball Competition will be held. College students and others compete in teams, with each team building a robot from Legos or other construction materials. The robots are programmed to score points on a board by moving ping pong balls into position. Each robot must turn itself on and off, perform its programmed task and operate without assistance from humans or remote controls. The excitement comes when these robots crash into one another, or compete for the ping pong balls. The winner of the Beyond Botball Competition goes onto a national competition, which is also sponsored by the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics, and will be held at UNF this summer.

The symposium also includes a morning panel discussion with three UNF graduates: Encore Development President Leslie McCormick, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida Director of Capability Development Ricardo R. Garcia and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida Enterprise Architect/Director Scott J. Steffan. The afternoon includes a presentation on Autonomous Ground Vehicle Technologies applied to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Grand Challenge. Dr. Pat Welsh, Executive Director of the Advanced Weather Systems Lab at UNF will also give a presentation on current research in weather data gathering tools and techniques.

In addition, UNF students and faculty will show their research and projects throughout the day in oral and poster presentations, and the proceedings will be distributed on compact disc to participants. Local and national employers in the fields of engineering, information technology, and building construction management also will be available during the event.

During the event, there will be a Women in Computing and Engineering Workshop.

Attendees do not need to pre-register for the event. For more information, visit <http://symposium.ccec.unf.edu/>.


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