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Math/Comp Sci Student Wins Research Award

April 13, 2015

Stephen Pena, a mathematics major and computer science minor at Angelo State University, won the Best Research Poster Award at the first University of Texas at Dallas Undergraduate Research Expo in Computer Science on April 11 at the UT-Dallas campus in Richardson.

Stephen Pena and his award-winning research poster at UT-DallasStephen Pena and his award-winning research poster at UT-DallasA senior from San Angelo, Pena won $400 for his poster presentation detailing his research project titled “On Delay Variation for internet Multimedia.” His presentation won over six other posters by groups of students from UT-Dallas, University of Houston, University of Alabama and others. 

Pena conducted his research utilizing the PlanetLab global research network, and his project was funded through an ASU Faculty-Mentored Undergraduate Research Grant. He will also present his poster at ASU’s annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 27. His research advisor is Dr. Lopa Roychoudhuri, ASU assistant professor of computer science. 

The PlanetLab network supports the development of new network services, and ASU’s membership is funded through an ASU Faculty Research Enhancement Grant. Since 2003, more than 1,000 researchers at academic institutions and industrial research labs have used PlanetLab to develop new technologies for distributed storage, network mapping, peer-to-peer systems, distributed hash tables and query processing. PlanetLab currently consists of 1,344 nodes at 669 sites in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. It is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). More details are available at  

For more information, contact Roychoudhuri at 325-486-5448.