Engineering a simpler computer

June 1, 2007

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By Marianne Meadahl

Making computers simpler to use is part of Vincent Chu’s grand plan. The Governor General’s Silver Medal recipient is creating ways to ease their use both in industry and at home.

Chu (above) graduated from high school determined to major in computing science. "It wasn’t until after my first co-op term in my second year that I realized how diverse a field computing science is," says the Burnaby graduate. "Instead of focussing on simply gaining technical knowledge in different areas of computing my goal is simple—I want to use what I know to make the world a better place."

His programs assist everyone from medical researchers to die-hard gamers. His projects include the 3D Tetris game, which was featured during SFU’s open house last June, and MATITK, an on-going project that lets medical imaging researchers use a more advanced medical-imaging tool kit.

Chu spent a research term with SFU’s Ghassan Hamarneh, an assistant professor of computing science, on computer-assisted medical image analysis. The experience gave him the opportunity to research and design software and computer algorithms that help save lives.

Chu is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and served as an executive of the SFU chapter, coordinating various charity and academic events. He recently joined Electronic Arts as a software engineer. He hopes to eventually work as a software architect and one day pursue a master’s degree.

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