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CS student recognized in international competition

Demetrius Taylor, LU computer science senior from Dayton, earned third place in international competition at the 44th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education March 9 in Denver, Colo. The annual symposium, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education, is the premiere showcase for computing education in the United States.

Taylor explains posterBy presenting his poster entitled “Enabling a resource limited robot to formulate complex plans,” Taylor was selected as a finalist and went on to the next round, an oral presentation of his research.

His poster described research he performed last summer as a McNair Scholar under the direction of his faculty mentor, University Professor of computer science Peggy Doerschuk. His experiences made him want to pursue a graduate degree in computing.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time a LU student has made it to the finals in this international undergraduate student research contest,” said Doerschuk.

In addition to being a past McNair Scholar, Taylor is webmaster for the STAIRSTEP program at Lamar University. He is also webmaster of the Association for Computer Machinery and the treasurer of Upsilon Pi Epsilon. A member of the INSPIRED program for four years, he served as coordinator for several summer high school computing academies hosted by the program.