December 02, 2005 —
Anna Cheng-Zhi Huang, with Palestrina Pal poster
Anna Cheng-Zhi Huang has been selected as a finalist for the Computing Research Association
's outstanding female undergraduate award for 2006.
Huang is completing a joint degree in computer science and in
music composition. She has been affiliated with USC Viterbi School assistant professor Elaine Chew's Music Computation
and Cognition group since summer of 2003, conducting
research on 'Palestrina Pal,' a computer-assisted composition tool, and
on characterizing compositional styles from the Renaissance period.
spring, Huang won a Josephine de Karman Fellowship, awarded annually to
only 10 graduate and undergraduate students nationwide. Her vocal
composition "Breathe" won the San Francisco Choral Artists' Young Voice
Project competition, and was premiered at three concerts in San
Francisco in June 2005.
The CRA outstanding undergraduate awards, sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric Laboratiories, annually designates
two winners, one male and one female, plus 10 finalists (five male, five female), and 20
nominees were a very impressive group," said the CRA's Jean Smith. "A
number of them were commended for making significant contributions to
more than oneresearch project, several were authors or coauthors on
multiple papers,others had made presentations at major conferences, and
some had produced software artifacts that were in widespread use. ...
It is quite an honor to be selected as one of the top members of this group."