During the first week of April, over 200 young researchers from 14 countries converged on Vienna University of Technology in Austria for the 2010 Junior Scientist Conference. The conference, now in its fifth year, grew out of the visit a delegation from City College made to the Austrian university in 2004.Its purpose is to give young researchers a first chance to present their scientific work to a wider audience, and its venue alternates between Vienna and the CCNY campus in New York.
This year, students were invited to submit papers in four broad areas of research: Computational Science and Engineering; Materials and Matter; Information and Communication Technology; and Energy and Environment.
Three CCNY students were among those honored for the quality of their work.
First prize in the Master category went to Igor Labutov, a senior majoring in Computer Engineering, for his poster and mini-paper Novel Near-spherical Field-of-view Catadioptric Stereo Rig for Mobile Robots.The honor came with a 1,000 Euro award.Igor, who is mentored by Dr. Jizhong Xiao, director of the CCNY Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab, is bound for doctoral studies in mobile robotics at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell.He has recently won a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Also in the Master category, Magdalini Katehis placed fifth, wining a special recognition award for her poster, Annamox Process Experiments: Selection for Nitrite Oxidizing Bacteria and Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria in a Partial-Nitritation reactor. Annamox Reactor Specific Activity Increase Due to Elevating Nitrite Residual. Magdalini is a junior majoring in Earth Systems Science and Environmental Engineering. This year she also took third place for her research at the New York Water Environment Association University Forum.Her mentor is Grove School Civil Engineering Department chair, Dr. John Fillos.
In the PhD category, Xiaodong Yang took fourth place and won a special recognition award for his research Robust Door Detection in Unfamiliar Environments.Xiaodong did his undergraduate work at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, where he developed an interest in image processing.In 2009, he joined the CCNY Media Lab to pursue his doctorate under the lab’s director, computer vision expert, Dr. Yingli Tian.Xiaodong’s current research focuses on indoor object recognition, which can benefit applications such as robot navigation, and way-finding and scene-understanding for the blind or visually impaired.