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A team of Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering students will be competing in the world’s premier student technology contest in New York City, July 8-13.

Team Note-Taker earned a place in the Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals by taking the top prize in the U.S. national Imagine Cup event April 11 in Seattle.

The students’ project is a portable custom-designed camera with a touch-screen Tablet PC that aids visually impaired students. It has been developed in the engineering schools’ Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC).

Led by graduate student David Hayden, the team consisted of computer science students Michael Astraukas, Qian Yan and Shashank Srinivas. They’re mentored by CUbiC lab director John Black.

The team entered the Software Design division of the event, the Imagine Cup category in which competition is considered the toughest, Black says.

Two other teams of computer science students in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering competed in the national finals.

Team EDO – Ryan Scott and Travis Sein – finished in fourth place in the competition’s Mobile Game Design category. They developed a game called Word Mine as a mobile-phone application, aimed at making it fun to learn vocabulary, spelling and different languages.

ASU Team Transit Trackers – Kevin Putman,  German Greiner, Steven Hernandez, Arash Tadayon – competed in the Software Design category. The team developed technology for  a prototype of information network to make it easier for people – especially the visually impaired – to use public transit.

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