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Viterbi Engineer-Musician is Finalist for CRA 2006 Undergrad Honor

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.
In 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 honorable mentions. 
"This year's 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."
More information about the annual CRA competition can be found at: http://www.cra.org/Activities/awards/undergrad/home.html