Computer Science PhD student Daniel Knights was selected as the winner of the College of Engineering and Applied Science's Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Flutter is a T-shirt that embeds a network of microphones into a shirt to detect the direction of sounds and display them via vibrating winglets on the shirt’s surface. Each microphone locally performs a Fast-Fourier-Transform (FFT) to determine frequencies and their amplitude of incoming sounds. This information is then shared between microphones to detect the position of the strongest sample.

Swarm Wall

The dynamic interactive artwork featured changing fields of color, light and sound driven by a distributed form of artificial intelligence.

 This artwork was a feature of a month-long summer exhibit at the University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum. More information is available here.

Photo credit: PerezCarlos / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

The prize was awarded jointly by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the 10th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2012). The name of the paper is “Personalized Driving Behavior Monitoring and Analysis for Emerging Hybrid Vehicles” published in Pervasive 2012: Proceedings of the 10thInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing, June 2012.


#Health@You supports communication between teens and parents, allows management of users’ illness symptoms, and provides mechanisms for constant reflection through active user participation.  More information can be found here.

Chris proposed to study the current practices in small clinics in treating and diagnosing diabetes to inform the design of electronic health record interfaces that better support these practices. He intended to understand the information needs and collaboration models in this type of care. He would use a user-centered design process to explore ideal user interactions and modalities of use for technologies in this space.

Chris was nominated for his work improving student health on the campus through the Wardenburg Health Center and Student Emergency Medical Services (SEMS), as well as his work mentoring youth with mental illness in the community.

The Colorado Creed CONTRIBUTE award is given each year to a CU student each year who demonstrates exemplary volunteerism and community service. 

Visitors learned about Craft Tech’s experiments with 3-D printers and open source design, and added to a giant collaborative paper sculpture using Hypergami, freeware developed by the Craft Tech Lab. More information can be found here.

Ph.D. students Rhonda Hoenigman and Caleb Phillips created algorithms to design efficient agricultural landscapes and redistribute food waste, in collaboration with the BioFrontiers Institute.With the help of this algorithm, the organization that Phillips founded, Boulder Food Rescue, takes surplus foods from stores and restaurants, and delivers them immediately to organizations that will use them.

Phillips and Yao

KUNC (the NPR station near Fort Collins) interviewed CS Phd student Caleb Phillips and Tony Yao, a Route Setter at the Boulder Rock Club, for a piece on Phillips’ research applying chaos theory to route setting called “Climbing with Chaos.” The program, named Strange Beta, alters climbing moves to insert variation into a route.