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International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Assocation Awards

October 2, 2000

The International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Assocation (IDEMA), the magnetic storage industry trade association, has awarded three university graduate fellowships totaling $40,000 in an effort to promote research in the nation's universities. Hongwei Song, a student in the Data Storage Systems Center whose advisor is ECE Prof. Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, has won the second place award of $10,000 for his work aimed at developing advanced channels employing iterative soft decoding for high-density data storage systems suffering from low signal-to-noise ratio. Song presented his work on September 20 at DISKCON USA, the largest technical conference in the world dedicated to the data storage industry.



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