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iCampus gives $60K grants to six students for spring projects

The iCampus program, a research collaboration between MIT and Microsoft now in its third semester, has funded six new student projects for the spring.

The program has funded 28 projects to date, half of which have been student projects aimed at improving the environment at the Institute through the use of technology. The projects listed below each received $60,000 from iCampus.

Student Developer's Community -- Tienlok Lau, senior in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS).

This is a .NET developer's com-munity/website for college students worldwide. The focus is on students interested in learning about the latest in Microsoft technology and discussing software development. Students will revamp software user interfaces and add features, including college-specific themes, intercollegiate competitions, personal calendars, administration features, messaging and chat capabilities.

Shuttle Track -- Krishnan Sriram, graduate student in mechanical engineering.

The Shuttle Track project will implement a web-based tracking system to help the the Institute community make better use of MIT's campus shuttle system. The system will use GPS-GIS based technology, and may be accessible with wireless hand-held devices.

Educational Tools for Checking Software -- Sarfraz Khurshid, graduate student in EECS.

This project will develop software-checking tools for software engineering courses to help introduce concepts and techniques relevant to the production of large software systems. Students will use Java and C++ to teach modularity, specifications, data abstraction, object modeling, design patterns and testing.

Instant Sports Challenge -- Abel Sanchez, graduate student in civil and environmental engineering.

The Instant Sports Challenge project will create online instant matching and notification web service to facilitate the instantaneous challenge and acceptance of tennis and squash matches. Future uses could include a start-of-term book exchange and notifications of class postings.

Next-Generation Mobile Classroom -- Raj Dandage, graduate student in EECS.

The project will build infrastructure and create an interactive and intelligent platform for the next-generation mobile, interactive classroom using handheld wireless devices.

Setu: Technology Education for Underserved in India -- Rishi Kumar, senior in EECS.

The project aims to bring information technology to the underserved in India by creating computer training centers in impoverished areas in partnership with local schools and community service organizations. Local students will hire teachers to teach information technology and MIT students will set up the training centers. This project is modeled after the MIT-China Educational Technology Initiative and the MIT African Internet Technology Initiative.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 9, 2002.

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