i-fest a Success!
i-fest.pitt.edu was a huge success! Held November 8-11, this annual celebration showcased the degree programs, research activities, and career opportunities available here at SIS. There were more than 10 events held as part of the i-fest festivities – from demonstrations of IS technology to a keynote address to the Mother Goose Poetry Slam – each designed to promote our school and its activities! Thanks to our corporate event sponsor, Alcoa North America, for its generous support of the 2006 i-fest.pitt.edu.
SIS would like to acknowledge our other corporate sponsors: FedEx Ground (sponsor of the Fantastic, Amazing, Great Race) and Pittsburgh CyberConXion (sponsor of the Gaming Tournament).
The School would also like to thank Raul Valdes-Perez, Chief Executive Officer of Vivísimo, who delivered the keynote address at the i-fest luncheon. Dr. Valdes-Perez discussed how Vivisimo grew from a university spin-off (of Carnegie Mellon University) to a nationally-recognized corporation specializing in “Search Done Right.” More than 80 people attended the luncheon and Dr. Valdes-Perez’s presentation.
One of the key events was a poster competition for both undergraduate and graduate students in SIS. This competition provided an excellent forum for SIS students to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Completed work as well as ongoing research in all areas — Information Science, Library & Information Science, and Telecommunications — were accepted. Congratulations to the winners:
PhD Poster Track
Maria Harrington – Second
Chih-Kuang Lin -- Second Prize (tie)
Demetrios Ioannides – Honorable
Jae-wook Ahn and Sue Yeon Syn – Honorable
Worasit Choochaiwattana – Honorable
David Kauffman – Second
Jeff Pferdehirt – Honorable
For more information about the i-fest activities, please visit www.i-fest.pitt.edu/events.htm