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Roumeliotis and U of M students helping Google on Project Tango

Picture of Stergios RoumeliotisCS&E Professor, Stergios Roumeliotis, along with a few U of M students are helping Google create the technology for the smartphones of the future.

Months ago Google publicly announced a big project dubbed as a 3D smartphone effort called, Project Tango. They have now reached out to University of Minnesota faculty and scholars to assist in the development. Google has asked a limited group of application developers to begin creating smartphone apps to utilize the technology.

The smartphone is quoted to, "see the world as you do—a smartphone with a serious IQ." It is based on theory and technology that Roumeliotis began working on in the 90s, when he himself was in graduate school. Back then, Roumeliotis worked with NASA to create a technology that allowed spacecraft to land on Mars.

“Google is not in the business of building apps. Google is in the business of solving the difficult problems that applications are built on,” says Roumeliotis. And for that, they’ve tapped brilliant young minds at the University of Minnesota.

More than 150 University of Minnesota graduates are working at Google, and that number is growing, as the U continues to be a talent pipeline for a company that has been on the cutting edge of innovation for more than a decade

$500K Gift from Hopper-Dean Foundation to fund Undergraduate Scholarships

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering is proud to announce a $500K Gift from Hopper-Dean Foundation to fund annual scholarships for undergraduate students who are studying or planning to study computer science or computer engineering. Jeff Dean and Heidi Hopper both attended the University of Minnesota as undergraduates.  This newly established "Hopper-Dean Scholarship Honoring Dr. Vipin Kumar,” is intended to honor Dr. Vipin Kumar, who was Jeff's undergraduate thesis advisor and introduced him to the wonders of the parallel computation and large-scale computing, topics that have served Jeff well in his career as a computer scientist. This scholarship is intended to support other students to find their own wonders in the paths of their undergraduate education and research.  

Four inaugural recipients of the Hopper-Dean Scholarship were selected, and $25,000 scholarship has been awarded and allocated among the following Hopper-Dean Scholars:

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Andrea Gunderson; Sophomore Cole Gillum; Junior Sophia Stembridge; Junior Katherine Applewhite; Senior

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