Scientific Computing doctoral students Olmo Zavala-Romero and Andrew Young received awards for their entries in the DigiTech gallery of student exhibits. The event was held at the William Johnston Building on March 30th, and showcased the best exhibits exemplifying student innovation with technology.

For his presentation, Zavala-Romero used a website that displays georeferenced data in a user friendly interface. The project began as a map viewer for the Digital Climatic Atlas of Mexico, and is being updated for two new websites that display climatic data of the South East region of the US and oceanographic variables of the Gulf of Mexico. The Java application generates web content (JavaScript and HTML) that automatically configures the styles and features that each layer can display. A unique feature of the web application is the creation of all the necessary code for a map viewer from a single text file, making it easy for any non-programmer to add new maps and define menus. Features available for the maps are transparency, punctual data, Google Earth visualization, raw data and animations.

Zavala-Romero received the Excellence in Information Technology award for creating this application.

Andrew Young developed a rigid-body simulation for inclusion in a real-time Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics fluid system in Blender, meant for use in educational games involving fluids. For his work, Young received the Excellence in Research award.

2012 is the inaugural year for the DigiTech conference, and included in excess of 100 entries. The DigiTech event is offered by PIC, FSU's Program in Interdisciplinary Computing and partners, for the FSU and Tallahassee communities, local schools, businesses of all scopes, local and state representatives, and all who are interested in innovation.

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