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Third computational intelligence poster contest held

Electrical and computer engineering major Marianne Catanho stands in front of her poster, which took first place in the undergraduate category at the third annual poster competition sponsored by the University of Missouri's chapter of the Institute of the Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS).

University of Missouri’s chapter of the Institute of the Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computational Intelligence Society (IEEE CIS) held its third annual poster competition in Ketcham Auditorium December 4. Assistant Professor and IEEE CIS Chair Guilherme DeSouza organized the event.

“This event is an opportunity for our local computational intelligence community to learn about each other’s research, exchange ideas, and to promote basic research in CI and its various applications,” DeSouza said.

Poster presentations ranged from protein sequencing to planet to satellite orbit analysis, from pulse power to animal behavior.

Every visitor was given a card to rate poster authors’ technical content, visual presentation and oral presentation. A one- to five-point ranking system, with one being “O.K.” and five representing “great,” was used to judge the 12 competitors, with cash prizes at stake.

“Each year we have been able to attract more students from a broader range of areas of expertise,” said DeSouza. “The quality of the posters is not only quite impressive, but it shows how well-prepared our students are.”

Marianne Catanho, an Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) major, took first place in the undergraduate category for her poster on modeling the rapid transmission of information with a social group of insects, specifically, “Emergent Patterns in the Anti-predator Signals.”

Graduate students Ryanne Thomas Dolan and Evan Dong tied for first place among graduate student presenters. Dolan, with a dual major in ECE and computer science, presented, “GPU-based Simulation and Visualization of Cellular Neural Networks for Image Processing.” ECE grad student Dong’s research poster topic was “A New Hierarchical Particle Filter for Human Motion Detection.”

DeSouza believes the experience of presenting their research to bright and inquisitive people and the feedback they receive is most valuable to students.

“I have seen students present preliminary work one year, and come back the next year and win one of the three prizes,” he said. “A local event in a friendly environment provides students a great opportunity for growth as researchers.”