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Project Submission Extension to March 15th.

BOOM has extended the deadline for Project Submission to March 15th, at 11:59pm. We want to see your projects! Win cool prizes!

Save the Date!

BOOM Bits on Our Minds 2015 will be held March 25 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Duffield Hall Atrium. Free and open to the public!

BOOM 2015 Project Submission is Open!

BOOM 2015 Project Submission is Open! Deadline is 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 10th.  Submission is under the Students and Faculty Tab. We can’t wait to see your project!

BOOM 2015 Logo Contest Now Open

The prize is an Apple Mini iPad!


SWAG-T-shrits, Invitations, Programs, Posters!

On Our Website!

Deadline, December 1st!

Only Cornell students are eligible to enter.

For all logos, these are the guidelines:

The design must contain the words “BOOM 2014” and “Bits On Our Minds.” These can be lower- or upper-case. Do not use any additional text.


  1. Your logo(s) cannot closely resemble any existing logo.
  2.  Images that use brains, bombs, or light bulbs will NOT be considered.
  3. BOOM will retain all rights to the winning logo.
  4. No logos that infringe on copyright will be considered—this includes parody images.

Multiple submissions are encouraged!!!


How to Submit Your Logo?  Submit to

Submit your logo(s) in the following format:

  • Two prints on 8.5×11” paper, with your Name and NetID on the back. Each print should include the high-res and simplified logo, if applicable.
  • If you’re submitting more than one logo, assign each one a number, e.g. “cms242#1, cms242#2”.
  • The winner will be required to provide original working files, with all text converted to shapes. If your logo is a high-res image, you must also make a simplified vector version in 3 colors or less.
  • If your logo is a vector image in three colors or less to begin with, there’s no need to submit other versions.

If you have any questions, email

We look forward to seeing your work!

BOOM offers a glimpse of computing future

By Bill Steele, Cornell Chronicle

Imagine a scale that reads not only your weight, but also blood pressure, heart rate and other aspects of your condition, and automatically sends the data to the cloud for storage. Or a work light that follows your hands around, shining just on the place you need it. Such products might be on the market in a couple of years, because Cornell students are working on them now.

The 17th annual BOOM (Bits On Our Minds) exhibition in Duffield Hall Atrium March 26 could be thought of as a trade show of the future, said Saba Alemayehu, assistant to the chair of Information Science and project manager for BOOM. Although sponsored by Cornell Computing and Information Science (CIS), in collaboration with the College of Engineering, the event brings in projects that use digital technology from students in many disciplines all over the university. What students are working on today may well be commercial products tomorrow, Alemayehu said. Some of the student exhibitors indeed were talking about startups.

In keeping with industry trends, this year’s show leaned to health-related applications, “big data” computing and social media applications.

On display as in previous years were the automated submarine and aircraft built by engineering students to enter every year in national competitions. Cornell is considered one of the “powerhouse schools” that wins more often than others.

In between you might see a checkers-playing robot and a lot of technical displays using words like “functionality” and “machine translation.” And, of course, lots of games.

Also prominent were BOOM’s corporate sponsors, Goldman Sachs, Google, eBay, Yahoo! and General Electric, who see the event as an opportunity to check out and recruit Cornell talent. As usual, their booths were manned by recent Cornell grads who now work for the companies. CIS faculty members also were frequently seen in the packed crowd.

Possibly the most popular attraction was a demonstration of a robot built by a team of Ithaca High School students – mentored by Cornell undergrads – that won the FIRST Robotics Buckeye Regional competition in Cleveland last weekend. The audience for the demo was heavy with elementary and middle school students bused in for BOOM.

The afternoon concluded with presentation of awards. The People’s Choice Award, selected by a vote of visitors, went to the CU Automated Underwater Vehicle team. Where’s the BOOM?, chosen by faculty, went to B33P (pronounced “beep”) – a game for children. Each corporate sponsor presented an award: GE Imagination at Work Award to Pulso, an assistive navigation device for the visually impaired; eBay Innovator’s Award to Speare, an artificial intelligence that informs online news sites about their readers; Goldman Sachs Award also to Pulso; and the Googleyist Project Award to Definitions Extractions from Code of Federal Regulations.

Cornell students show off new inventions at annual technology showcase

By Matt Kelly, Ithaca Journal

ITHACA — The future is here at Cornell University.

Undergraduate and graduate students from Cornell Computing and Information Science, and the College of Engineering dazzled visitors with cutting-edge inventions at the 2014 BOOM — Bits On Our Minds — technology showcase Wednesday at Cornell’s Duffield Hall.

Anil Aksu, left, a first year civil engineering Ph.D. student feels an assisted navigational device that allows visually impaired individuals to find their way through the use of ultrasonic and infrared sensors held by Shane Soh, a senior in computer engineering, at BOOM 2014 at Cornell's Duffield Hall. / ED DITTENHOEFER/CORRESPONDENT PHOTO

Anil Aksu, left, a first year civil engineering Ph.D. student feels an assisted navigational device that allows visually impaired individuals to find their way through the use of ultrasonic and infrared sensors held by Shane Soh, a senior in computer engineering, at BOOM 2014 at Cornell’s Duffield Hall. / ED DITTENHOEFER/CORRESPONDENT PHOTO

Projects at this year’s showcase reflected areas that dominate our daily modern lives. From health and media to drone technology and recreation, this year’s collection of projects placed a heavy emphasis on interpreting data into visible interaction.

“Anytime you have some sort of project or app that’s going out, you have some aspect of data collection with it,” said Saba Alemayehu, project manager from Cornell Computing and Information Science. “Big data is the big thing.”

One of the more practical projects for Ithacans is a bus-tracking mobile phone application that could simplify public transportation downtown. The app enables users to select a numbered bus route and instantly find out where the bus will stop, what time it will arrive and even track its location on a map.

Alex Kittelberger and Christopher Jonathan, graduate students in the Cornell Master of Engineering program in Computer Science, showed off the app’s capabilities using real-time data from the Chicago Transit Authority. Kittelberger said the biggest challenge of implementing the application in Ithaca would be installing GPS tracking information on the TCAT buses. However, he said he does envision the app being practical for the local community.

“Buses usually start at one spot at a specific time, but then those middle stops make it so that you don’t know if it’s going to be two minutes late or two minutes early,” Kittelberger said. “If it’s freezing outside, like this winter has been in Ithaca, and I don’t want to wait 15 minutes out in the cold, this mobile app can help me check.”

Other projects contained technology that could potentially have an impact around the globe. Joel Heck, a student in the Master of Engineering program, is a member of CUAir, a group that competes annually in unmanned aircraft competitions. Heck said his team’s aircraft could be valuable in search-and-rescue missions.

“Our plane has an autopilot program that flies itself; we just tell it to go to different GPS wave points,” Heck said. “For instance, with the Malaysian aircraft that went down, you’re looking for a debris field, and there’s a lot of manned aircraft that only have a certain amount of time that they can be out there. If you have a computer looking at those images, you’d be able to find those things much faster.”

Other inventions on display included a scale and accompanying mobile app that enabled users to track vitals like weight, heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol; a digital platform that tracks reader analytics for news media publishers; and sensors that convert the body’s electromagnetic pulses into colored lights that indicate stress levels.

This year’s BOOM showcase was sponsored by several giants in the technology industry such as Facebook, eBay, Google and Yahoo!, who had representatives on hand to speak with students about internship opportunities.

While the technology at this year’s BOOM showcase appeared futuristic, many of these inventions may be out in the world sooner rather than later.

“It’s about how we can communicate to the public and let them know about a really cool app that you can use in your daily life,” Alemayehu said. “A lot of these projects can be applicable to our daily lives and actually mirror what we’re projecting into the future.”


Congratulations to the BOOM 2014 Award Winners!

Five original and very cool student projects took home six awards during today’s 17th Annual BOOM showcase.

People’s Choice Award – CUAUV

Where’s the BOOM? – B33P

GE Imagination at Work Award – Pulso (Assistive Navigation Device for Visually Impaired Individuals)

eBay Innovator’s Award – Speare (Engagement Through Understanding)

Goldman Sachs Award – Pulso (Assistive Navigation Device for Visually Impaired Individuals)

Googleyist Project Award – Definitions Extractions from Code of Federal Regulations

Read more about these great projects here.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of our project teams!

Checkers-playing robot to be showcased at BOOM 2014

WHAT: BOOM 2014 student research showcase in digital technology

WHEN: Wednesday, March 26 from 4 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Atrium of Duffield Hall on Cornell campus, Ithaca, N.Y.

ITHACA, N.Y. – From a game-playing robot arm to the smartest scale you’ve ever stepped on, some of Cornell University’s brightest students will unveil their best work in cutting-edge technologies at BOOM 2014 – the annual showcase also known as Bits On Our Minds – on Wednesday, March 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Duffield Hall atrium on the Cornell campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Some of this year’s projects include:

  • Smart scale – A wifi-enabled smart scale and mobile app called Moxie that allows users to monitor their weight, heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol in order to make lifestyle changes accordingly.
  • Bus tracker – Mobile tracking app that allows users to select a bus number to find the nearest stop, estimate the time the next bus will arrive and its current location.
  • Checkers-playing Delta robot – A checkers-playing robot arm that uses a webcam to identify the board and determine its next move.
  • Reader analytics platform – A digital platform called Speare that tracks analytics from visitors of news media websites – everything from the types of articles they prefer to how long they spend reading them – in order for the publisher to better understand its audience.
  • CUAir – An unmanned autonomous aircraft capable of takeoff/landing, waypoint navigation and surveillance/reconnaissance.
  • CUAUV – An unmanned autonomous underwater vehicle capable of completing difficult underwater tasks through an advanced software system.
  • Mood lights – Electro-sensors measure one’s mood and then the data is fed into an interactive, color-changing light system.

BOOM 2014 is sponsored by eBay, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, Google, and Yahoo!. The 16th annual event is hosted by Computing and Information Science in partnership with the College of Engineering.

More information:

Contact:                      Syl Kacapyr
Phone:                        (607) 255-7701


Congratulations Daniel Wong, Winner of the BOOM 2014 Logo Contest!

BOOM 2014 Logo Winner

BOOM 2014 Logo Winner

Daniel Wong ’14, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering, is this year’s winner of the BOOM 2014 logo contest.  Daniel’s “networked” design bested more than 20 other highly creative submissions to be featured during the premiere CIS event attended annually by more than 800 participants and visitors in Duffield Atrium. A past Vice President of the Cornell Engineering Graduate Student Association and Board Member of the Cornell Graduate Consulting Club, Daniel is an active member of the Cornell Engineering community. His interests include competitive Ultimate Frisbee, graphic design and travel. Congratulations Daniel!

The “BOOMlets” are coming May 11! Robots and video games galore!

BOOM 2013 doesn’t end with BOOM. There’s still time to be awed and entertained by cool student projects before summer officially arrives. On Saturday, May 11, check out the “Showtime! Presentation: What Can a Robot Do” at the Sciencenter and then head over to ACCEL Labs in Carpenter Hall Library for the “Cornell Video Game Showcase ’13.”

What: Showtime! Presentation: What Can a Robot Do?
When: Saturday, May 11 – 2:00pm
Where: Sciencenter, 601 1st Street, Ithaca, NY

About Showtime! Presentation: What Can a Robot Do? Challenge a robot to a game of checkers, and meet robots that can bake pancakes and make ice cream! Students from Cornell’s Rapid Prototyping class will demonstrate their air piano, interactive desk lamp, 3-D printers and special Scrabble board. Showtime! presentations are included with admission.

What: Cornell Video Game Showcase ’13 (Game Design Initiative at Cornell)
When: Saturday, May 11 – 3:00 – 6:00pm
Where: Carpenter Library, ACCEL Labs

About the Cornell Video Game Showcase: After a quiet 2012, the GDIAC Showcase returns, even bigger than ever. This year we have a record number of projects, including the most number of mobile games we have ever had. The showcase also includes several interesting independent study projects that explore interesting concepts such as sound-only gameplay.

The showcase is open to the general public, so that everyone can play and experience these projects. In addition, the public is welcome to vote for the favorite in the award ceremony at the end. Come join us and make this our best Showcase yet. More information: