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August 3, 2012
2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Cody Bardell presents at summer research poster session 2012-0803 Zach Foltz presents at summer research poster session 2012-0803

College students represent the fastest-growing segment of the smartphone market. Is it possible to harness the power of these devices to improve classroom collaboration? Senior Cody Bardell (left) spent the summer working on an Android-based student response system that provides shared display interaction using mobile devices. Drs. Ben Schafer and Stephen Hughes, both of the Department of Computer Science, lead this project, which is sponsored in part by a Technology Transfer Grant from the Grow Iowa Values Fund.

Speech language pathologists (SLPs) work with individuals who have had strokes or brain injuries that damage the ability to speak. SLPs frequently use a technique known as Semantic Feature Analysis when working with these individuals for rehabilitation. Is it possible to model the interaction between the SLP and the patient in software and then use the software to augment the SLP's work with the patient? Computer Science senior Zach Foltz (right) and graduate student Jessica Sexe from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders spent the summer working on this idea of software-promoted interaction, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Hughes (Computer Science) and Dr. Angela Burda (Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders). Their project was funnded in part by an NSF EPSCoR seed grant.

Bardell's and Foltz's summer experiences culminated in presentations at the College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences' summer poster Session. You can see their poster in the hall near the faculty offices.


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