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COEP students bag Microsoft Imagine Cup

Competing against forty teams from all over the world,College of Engineering,Pune(COEP)’s Shaizeen Aga...

Written by Tanvi Salkar | Pune |
June 26, 2009 1:43:23 am

Competing against forty teams from all over the world,College of Engineering,Pune(COEP)’s Shaizeen Aga,Swati Gour and Akshay Galande have won the first prize for their parallel computing project at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Egypt 2009,the student technology competition.

Organised by Microsoft Corp,the team won a prize of $ 5,000 in the area termed ‘Imagine— a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today.’

There were a dozen categories based on several themes. The other categories included software design,robotics,algorithms and so on. While results in other categories are yet to be announced,this project was declared even before being short listed owing to its overall superiority over others.

Around three lakh students from over 100 countries participated in the competition.

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Named Biollel,mixing computational biology and parallel computing,the students from the information technology department worked for around two months on the project. “Our project was about parallel implementation of maximum likelihood method of phylogenetic tree construction algorithm for protein amino acid sequences using Microsoft’s task parallel library. It is very important in drug design. Besides the support of the college and the challenging atmosphere our experience of internships in various companies proved useful during its making. Using the maximum likelihood algorithm and parallel implementation,we used multicore platforms so that the code runs faster to get better performance,” said Aga

While she is placed with Morgan Stanley,Galande will be working with Accenture and Gour will be joining TCS. “All three of us were always interested in computer science. The most difficult task was that parallel implementation has a lot of approaches. However,we plan to work further on the project to make its implementation more efficient,” said Aga. Biology is also a compulsory course for the first year students in the college.

“As technology is advancing,we do not want students to miss out and help both academics and extra-curricular activitiesdevelop simultaneously,” said Anil Sahasrabudhe,director,COEP.

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