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Taiwan student wins international computing machinery contest

2010/07/14 22:08

Taipei, July 14 (CNA) A senior from National Cheng KungUniversity won the top prize at an international student researchcompetition sponsored by the U.S. Association for Computing Machinery(ACM), the university said in a press statement Wednesday.

Huang Tsung-wei won the competition in Anaheim, California inmid-June with research in digital microfluidic biochips, said theuniversity in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan.

Huang's prize-winning work involves droplet routing algorithmsfor digital microfluidic biochips and was praised by Iris Bahar, thecompetition's organizer and a professor at Brown University, asan outstanding research performance, the statement said.

According to Cheng Kung University, Huang's research explores amethod used to process biochips on a nanoscale -- as small asone-billionth of a meter. The process allows manufacturers toaccurately complete all necessary biochemical reactions, achieveoptimal detection and elevate the effectiveness of microfluidic chipdetection.

Digital microfluidic biochips is a newly developed technology ofminiaturized biochemical reactions that can be applied inenvironmental detection, biomedical detection or air qualitydetection, the school said.

Based on a poster display and a presentation of his researchachievements, Huang, the only undergraduate student in thecompetition, was chosen from hundreds of contestants, most of whomwere master's or doctoral candidates from top universities.

Huang has published three papers in international conferences,including the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Computer Design,the 2009 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Computer-Aided Design,and the 2010 ACM International Symposium on Physical Design. He isthe youngest Taiwanese student ever to have a research paperpublished at an IEEE conference.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Sofia Wu)enditem/bc