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University of Iowa News Release

April 27, 2004

UI Hosts Computer & Robotics Day Camp May 15 For 7-12 Graders

The University of Iowa College of Engineering will host the RAMP IT Computer & Robotics Day Camp from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15 at the UI's Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

The free event, open to students in grades 7-12 accompanied by an adult, will offer instruction on programming robots and designing Web pages. The event is being directed by Andrew Williams (left), UI assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and researcher in the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. He was one of 83 top U.S. young engineers selected in 2003 to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) ninth annual Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Also in 2003, Williams won a three-year, $771,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for a research project that uses artificial intelligence to search for inherited causes of blindness. His work is aimed at helping physicians pinpoint inherited sight problems faster and more comprehensively than ever before.

Additional information and registration may be obtained by contacting Williams at 319-384-0833 or The event is sponsored by the UI Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa engineering, Hewlett Packard and the Black Christian Community Partnership, Inc.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,