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Nov. 29, 2006

Birmingham-Southern College student takes first place at regional computer science conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Jason Gruber, a senior computer science major at Birmingham-Southern College, won first place in the annual Student Paper Contest for four-year college student presentations at the Association for Computing Machinery MidSoutheast Chapter fall conference held recently in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Gruber's winning entry “Sidestepping in a Chinese Room: Aspects of Self-Awareness in a Humanoid Robot” entailed a report on his ongoing research in artificial intelligence.  His work is part of the National Science Foundation sponsored inter-institutional research experiences for undergraduates in computer science and mathematics.  The program, under the direction of BSC associate professor of computer science Dr. Marietta Cameron, matches mentors with undergraduate scholars from Birmingham-Southern, Miles College, Samford University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The Association for Computing Machinery is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences, and applications of information technology.  It functions as a locus for computing professionals and students working in various fields of information technology.  The MidSoutheast Chapter of ACM was formed in 1959, and is one of the oldest chapters of the organization.  It encompasses the geographic region including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Gruber is from Huntsville.  He is the son of Michael and Rebecca Gruber.



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