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The 2007 Modeling, Simulation and Gaming Student Capstone Conference sponsored by Old Dominion University's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) will be held Thursday, April 19.

This first event in what is planned as an annual competition will offer students from universities throughout the United States the opportunity to present their modeling and simulation research to academics, university and military representatives, as well as the public.

Students participating this year will be from ODU, College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, Auburn University and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. They will compete for Capstone Conference awards in several modeling/simulation/gaming subject areas touching on transportation, the medical profession, education, homeland security and the military. Topics will range from serious gaming strategies to teach mathematics to an analysis of the effect of fatigue on soldiers.

Aneesh P. Chopra, the Virginia secretary of technology, will speak at the conference banquet, which begins at 6:30 p.m., and will feature the presentation of awards by Michael McGinnis, the VMASC executive director. All portions of the daylong event, including a welcome address at 9 a.m. by Roseann Runte, president of ODU, will be in the ODU Sailing Center.

Also at the banquet, the winner of the Gene Newman Award for Excellence in Modeling and Simulation will be announced. This student award is given in honor of Eugene G. Newman, the technical director for the military's Joint Training, Analysis and Simulation Center who played a significant role in the creation of VMASC a decade ago.

Other researchers affiliated with VMASC who have leading roles in the conference include: John Sokolowski, VMASC director of research and adjunct assistant professor of engineering management and systems; Mike Fontaine, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; Andreas Tolk, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering; Stacie Ringleb, adjunct assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Alicia Sanchez, research scientist.

Judges in the student competitions will come from ODU, other universities in the United States and Canada, the U.S. military, NASA, Virginia Transportation Research Council and Hampton Roads Planning District Commission. The research presentations in the Sailing Center will be open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Industry sponsors for the conference are Alion Science and Technology, Maersk Line, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, DDL/Omni Engineering, Northrop Grumman and Science Applications International Corp.

This article was posted on: April 16, 2007

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