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College of Computing and Informatics Student Nominated For Creativity Award

March 1, 2012

Charlotte, NC

Ph.D. student, Vikash Singh, with UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI), has been nominated for the “Best Contribution to Creative Communication Award” by the Creativity and Cognitive Conference Committee. The award is intended to promote designers, artists, and technologists who are innovating for a more creative and connected world.

The Committee is seeking new contributions to concepts and products that combine creativity and communication in ways that influence the way people use digital media in the future. This can take the form of a paper or digital prototype, a scenario, a story, an interactive installation, an artwork, or a game.

The award is in memory of Emma Candy, who was a creative designer with a keen sense of form and color. She worked as an innovation manager in the information and telecommunications industries. Her passion was to create a more connected world, and she believed that new digital services and products could benefit people's lives by enabling them to communicate in creative ways.

Singh’s research, in the Department of Software and Information Systems, focuses on collaborative creativity support tools. He will receive a $2,000 travel allowance and complimentary registration to the Creativity & Cognition Conference being held in Atlanta, GA, in November, where the award winners will be announced..

About The College of Computing and Informatics
The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics. It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, the Diversity in Information Technology Institute, and the Software Solutions Lab. Research grant awards for 2009-2010 totaled nearly $9 million.

About UNC Charlotte
UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research institution. With an enrollment ranking it fourth among the 17 schools in the UNC system, it is the largest public university in the greater Charlotte metropolitan region. A doctoral institution, UNC Charlotte serves the region through applied research, knowledge transfer, and engaged community service. Fall 2010 enrollment exceeded 25,000, including 5,450 graduate students enrolled in one of the University’s comprehensive doctoral or master’s programs.

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