CSC News

February 13, 2006

Computer Science and Design Collaborate to Form Design Tech

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided funding for Design Tech, an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site on the NC State University campus.

A joint project of the Department of Computer Science and the College of Design at NC State University, Design Tech is an interactive visual design hothouse that will conduct research that combines computer science and design. Research areas include artificial intelligence, visualization, graphics and computer games, as well as graphic, visual and interaction design. Projects include cinematic camera control for games, automated tours through scientific data, swarm-based visualizations of news feeds and intelligence telemetries, and PDA-based navigation tools.

The $268,000 grant will support 10 undergraduate students during a 12-week research program to be held each summer for three years. The participants will be recruited nationally and will receive a stipend for room and board while they participate in the program.

Dr. Ben Watson, associate professor of computer science, is the principal investigator for the project and will serve as director of Design Tech.

For more information about Design Tech, visit

Technical contacts:
Dr. Ben Watson,
(919) 513-0325,
Pat FitzGerald,
(919) 513-2029,

Media contact:
Jennifer Weston,
(919) 515-3848,

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