July 22, 2017

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Congrats Spring SIP Fair Winners

Student Innovation Fair winners - All in Vein




The UAT Student Innovation Project (SIP) Fair was held April 20, showcasing over 20 innovative projects by many graduating students. This semester, the program was enhanced a bit to provide a unique experience for all UAT students and employees. The presentations were broken into five segments allowing each group time to play the project overview video, present the project and answer questions in the theater followed up by demos and further Q&A’s from judges, staff, professors and fellow students in the commons area. This year’s winners are as follows: Viewer’s Choice Award: “All in Vein” by Audrey McEvoy, Game Art…

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Get Ready for Spring SIP Fair at UAT

Student Innovation Project Fair




The UAT SIP Fair for student innovation is continuing to advance. This semester, we take a full turn toward the future by enhancing the program to provide a unique experience for all UAT students and employees. To prepare for the SIP Fair, students explore opportunities and face challenges as they create viable projects. These projects aim to bridge gaps within their fields and outside industries. Throughout the pipeline of project completion, students are connected, coached, and supported through the process. They learn to question assumptions about their concepts and develop skills to move their projects forward, one step at a…

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Congrats to UAT’s Cyber Security Teams

UAT's Cyber Security Team for WRCCDC




It’s been a busy couple of weeks for UAT’s Cyber Security students. A team of students competed at 2017 Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) at Cal Poly Pomona, taking 4th place over schools like UC Berkeley, UC Riverside and ASU the weekend of March 24-26. Cyber Security Professor Wayne Kibbe escorted the team as their faculty coach, chaperoning the roadtrip for the competition. Professor Kibbe said, “Our team had an amazing amount of talent. These students take our security courses but in addition hold workshops most weekends to practice and hone their skills. I’m very proud of their…

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UATDV at Phoenix Film Festival 2017




As in past years, UAT’s Digital Video Program will have a significant presence at the 2017 Phoenix Film Festival, including screening 2 short films as well as participating in numerous festival events. First up is “Toppled,” directed by Digital Video Program Champion Paul DeNigris. Written by and starring regular UAT collaborator Ayman Samman, the film was shot last year as part of DeNigris’ Production Studio class and also stars veteran actor Tony Amendola in the role of an ousted Middle Eastern dictator. “Toppled” screens as part of Live Action Shorts B on Friday 4/7, Sunday 4/9, and Wednesday 4/12, and…

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2017 Cisco IOT Network Challenge




This weekend at UAT, teams of technology students will compete in a simulation that tests real world networking, security, and consulting skills to deploy an IoT solution for a simulated customer. Each team will act as an IT consulting firm that has been hired by a business to implement a new IoT solution at some of their remote sites. Responsibilities will include the design and implementation of a secure network at the remote site to support the connectivity of an “Internet of Things” endpoint (in this case a Raspberry Pi 3 configured as sensor with an embedded web server) that…

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Can VR Help Reduce Stress Levels in College Students?

Virtual Reality Degree at University of Advancing Technology




Can Virtual Reality (VR) help to reduce stress levels in college students? Let’s find out. High school student Kristy Taing, who attends BASIS Chandler, is conducting her senior research project at UAT to study anxiety levels in college students. In working with UAT Game Studios Program Champion Derric Clark and game design students, Kristy has created a study that measures a students stress level before and after playing a short, relaxing VR game on the HTC Vive for a period of five minutes. In order to measure the stress levels of students, Kristy used a Likert scale and blood pressure…

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DV Students Make Movie Magic with “Mitch Rapp: Off Book”




Following up on our post from March 1st, a team of Digital Video students (and some alumni) have completed work on an action-packed epic short film starring Hollywood actors: “Mitch Rapp: Off Book.” The full film can be watched on a custom micro-site built specially for the project: https://mitchrappfanfilm.com/ As usual, DV has also produced some great behind-the-scenes materials, including this documentary on the making of the film, “Rogue Mission: The Making of Mitch Rapp: Off Book.” And as is pretty standard for a UAT DV project, there are a lot of visual effects in this one – over 100 visual…

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UAT’s Network Security Team Takes A Roadtrip To WRCCDC

UAT WRCCDC Qualifier Cyber Security students




UAT Cyber Security students have been prepping for the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) since last fall. They competed in the CCDC Virtual Qualifier in January 2017, finishing in 4th place, which secured them a spot at WRCCDC on March 24-26, 2017, at the Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Center. UAT students take this competition very seriously as there is a selection process for being accepted to UAT’s CCDC team. Keep in mind that UAT took 2nd place at 2016 WRCCDC. This being the 10th year of the NRCCDC, UAT would like to mirror that level of success in…

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UAT Game Jam Workshop

UAT Workshop Game Jam




UAT Game Studios Professor Matt Marquit assigned Game Art and Animation student Terrence Miller, the awesome task of hosting a game jam. As an artist, Terrence made it his own with the secret theme of “trigger words and safe spaces” to allow students to unleash their creativity and develop some pretty interesting indie games. Over the weekend, seven teams participated making a total of six games. Students Jesse Rogers, Kenny Ryan, Tyler Feddler and John Wiener served as judges with their experience participating in game jams, it was time to take a turn in the judges seat. Professors Mark Smith…

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Branch Prediction




Written by: Advancing Computer Science student Christopher Peterson While browsing Stack Overflow one day, I stumbled upon a question asking why sorted arrays process faster than unsorted arrays. This led me to learn about the concept of “branch prediction.” Branch prediction is a processor’s way of speeding up processing time by guessing what a result is going to be. For example, if you have a conditional if statement, it will guess that it will evaluate to “true” and do all the processing for that. The downside to this is that, while it’s fast if it guesses correctly, it has to…

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