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General News : Feb 10, 2016

DW’s Systems Design Colloquium course partners with Intel

By Frances Verjano

A collaboration between the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) and the Digital Worlds Institute (DW) at the University of Florida is allowing students in DW’s Systems Design Colloquium course the opportunity to work with new technology created by the California-based semi-conductor chip manufacturer, Intel.

Under the guidance of DW’s Associate Professor and Research and Technology Coordinator Angelos Barmpoutis, students in the Digital Arts & Sciences (DAS) course will be exposed to new multimedia equipment and gain useful skills in developing innovative user-experiences for Android apps.

To facilitate the study, Barmpoutis said Intel provided 10 new computer workstations with state-of-the art technology, as well as 10 new Android tablets for students to use and explore.

“This opportunity is a nice incentive for students to work not only for the academic learning of this course, but also have the motivation to innovate for a major client in the industry that may potentially credit them by hosting their project on their website and have it publicly available,” he said.

Juan E. Gilbert, the Chair of CISE at UF, made this collaboration possible because of a relationship one of his graduate students established through an internship with Intel.

“Intel presented us the opportunity of providing equipment to test new technology, and I knew Angelos’ course would be a perfect fit,” Gilbert said. “We are really good partners with Digital Worlds, so it made sense for us to do it that way.”

“Our collaboration with UF’s forward-looking researchers in computer science is a win-win for our respective faculty and our students," said Digital Worlds Director, James Oliverio. "In combining the creativity and imagination of our DAS students with the rigor and innovation of UF’s new generation of computer science professionals, we will continue to push the edge of what is possible at the confluence of the Digital Arts and the Sciences.”

At the end of the spring semester, students can expect Intel representatives to visit Digital Worlds to gather their preliminary results and see what they have been able to accomplish with the technology.