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July 19, 2007

UMBC Graduate Student’s Team Wins Top Prize in Global Voting System Design Contest

Punchscan Team Wins $10,000, HP Laptop at “VoComp”

CONTACT: Chip Rose, UMBC News

Punchscan, a team including UMBC computer science graduate student Rick Carback, took the grand prize in VoComp, an international voting system design contest held July 16-18 in Portland.

The Punchscan team, which also includes undergraduate and graduate students from George Washington University and the University of Ottawa, received $10,000 donated by voting tech firm Election Systems & Software (ES&S), a laptop computer donated by Hewlett-Packard and other prizes.

Punchscan also took the awards for best presentation, best critique of a competition system, best election technology component and best implementation. The contest was organized by UMBC professor of computer science and information assurance expert Alan Sherman.

Punchscan faced off against teams of researchers from the U.S., Canada, Poland and the U.K. The first-of-its-kind competition was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, ES&S and Hewlett-Packard.

For the complete results and more information about VoComp, please visit

Posted by crose at July 19, 2007 9:50 AM