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UI engineering classroom receives computer equipment grant
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering's state-of-the-art
electronic imaging classroom has received a Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) equipment
grant valued at $384,325 that will keep it a leader in engineering education
and provide a high-speed network link to UI Hospitals and Clinics.
According to the developers of the 15-month-old "Quantitative Imaging
Electronic Classroom," the funding is an indication of the program's
continuing success. "The grant is a direct result of our accomplishments
in the area of electronic delivery of image processing instruction, leadership
in web-based image-processing educational material, and support from the College
and the UI," says Milan Sonka, UI associate professor of electrical and
Sonka and Edwin Dove, professor of biomedical engineering, have used the
40-seat classroom and its 21 advanced UNIX work stations and other equipment
since fall 1996 to develop a curriculum that uses the World Wide Web. Students
receive their lectures on their computer screens and can interact with each
other and the instructor, or use the work stations for independent problem-solving.
After class, they can review class materials on the Web, replaying the visual
part of the lecture with the freedom to complete their homework anywhere in
The field of electronic imaging is becoming increasingly important in a variety
of fields including industrial design and medicine. The classroom complements
existing UI strengths in medical imaging and image processing, educational
psychology and instructional design and will be used to design new classrooms
and courses as the College embarks on its $26 million modernization project,
scheduled for completion in 2001.
The donated HP equipment includes a 240 MegaHertz computer for instructors,
memory upgrades for student stations, a high-end 300 MegaHertz personal computer
and other instructional and research equipment.
The classroom originally was made possible by HP grants of $890,000 in equipment
and $110,000 in visual display upgrades, as well as $50,000 of supporting
materials from the College. Steve Collins, UI professor of electrical and
computer engineering and radiology, provided integral support in establishing
The digital image processing Web site can be found at: http://www.icaen.uiowa.edu/~dip/.