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ECE Duo Takes Home Presentation Awards

August 30, 2017
Electrical engineering student Vivaswat Shastry demonstrates the capabilities of a NAO robot
Electrical engineering student Vivaswat Shastry demonstrates the capabilities of a NAO robot with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on a 2016 visit to the College of Engineering.

Two students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering were recognized for their work in high-performance computing last week.

Electrical engineering undergraduate student Vivaswat Shastry won the best poster and presentation award at the seventh annual Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s High Performance Computing Symposium on Aug. 15-17 in Boulder, Colo. Shastry’s presentation involved his senior design work in graphics-processing unit research on depth images from small motion clips.

He earned the award out of 15 submissions from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, the University of New Mexico and other universities and national labs.

ECE graduate student Pranay Kommera took home second place for his poster and presentation at the event. Including 2017, UW students have been the recipients of the best poster and presentation award for five-straight years.

“Vivaswat and Pranay both have significant expertise in the high-performance computation field (HPC), which they achieved through a number of courses taught at UW,” Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Suresh Muknahallipatna says. “Furthermore, their knowledge of both the hardware and software aspects of HPC, a common feature of all the previous best poster recipients, distinguishes them from other students.”

The symposium’s technical program covered a wide range of advanced computing topics, with a particular emphasis on data analytics and visualization. The annual symposium, recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional events in the high-performance computing field, brings together faculty, researchers, industry leaders and students from throughout the Rocky Mountain region. RMACC is a collaboration among the major research universities in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, and the government research agencies NOAA, NCAR, The U.S. Geological Survey, and NREL. The RMACC mission is to facilitate widespread effective use of high performance computing throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

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