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VMASC Hosts Forum for Students Working in Modeling and Simulation Field

Students in modeling and simulation research from Old Dominion University and other nationally recognized M&S colleges and universities will gather at ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) on Thursday, April 8, for the 2010 Student Capstone Conference.

The students will present their research in the field of M&S to an audience of fellow students, faculty, judges and other distinguished guests.

VMASC executive director John Sokolowski said the annual conference, "provides a venue for modeling and simulation students to present their research in a student-only presentation environment," he said.

"It gives them experience in describing their efforts in a clear and logical manner and it provides a venue for participants to see the important work that the students are involved in as part of their academic degree."

VMASC is a research leader in the field of modeling and simulation, and Sokolowski said many of the advances made wouldn't be possible without the contribution of students. In turn, the students receive valuable experience and guidance from the research faculty at VMASC, and have the opportunity to conduct their research in a state-of-the-art venue.

Local industry's involvement in the Capstone Conference is also key, Sokolowski said, as the growth in M&S research by ODU has helped provide expertise to the many businesses in Hampton Roads working in the region's growing modeling and simulation cluster.

Students will be awarded cash prizes for winning projects in each of the research tracks - transportation, medical, general sciences, military/homeland security and modeling and simulation in engineering.

The keynote speakers from the event are Tuncer Ören, professor emeritus of computer science from the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and Agostino Bruzzone, professor in the Department of Industrial Production, Thermoenergy, Engineering and Mathematical Modeling at the University of Genoa, Italy.

Besides being hosted by VMASC, the event is sponsored by the Southeastern Virginia Partnership for Regional Transformation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Eastern Virginia Medical School, EM Solutions, and SimIS.

More information about the conference is available on the VMASC Web site, at http://www.vmasc.odu.edu/conferences/capstone2010.html.

This article was posted on: April 6, 2010

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