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CS Student Recognized at CRA Research Award Competition

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The University of Texas at El Paso Computer Science student Alejandro Vega recently received an honorable mention at the 2010 Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Competition. He was one of only 43 in the nation and 3 in Texas.

Vega’s research involves development of better “language models.” According to Nigel Ward, Associate Professor of Computer Science, these language models may lead to an integrated understanding of the nature of dialog as a human ability, and are likely to improve speech recognition accuracy, enabling the development of spoken language systems that are more accurate, efficient, and more useful.

Professor Ward credits his work ethic: “I show up in the lab in the morning and he’s there, in the evening he’s there, Saturday’s he’s often in, last week on Sunday too…”

A senior student from Juarez, Mexico, Vega hopes to further his studies by attending graduate school, preferably at UTEP.

The Computing Research Association (CRA) is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. Its mission is to strengthen research and advanced education in the computing fields, expand opportunities for women and minorities, and improve public and policymaker understanding of the importance of computing and computing research in our society.