DRS Technologies Inc. has awarded a $10,000 prize to a team of university students for a thermal imaging project they displayed for DRS’ annual Student Infrared Imaging Competition in Melbourne, Fla.
University of California San Diego students Will Warren, Daniel Yang and Yuncong Chen won the “Best Overall Project” award for their 3D Thermal RGB Mapping for Firefighting Robots project, DRS said Tuesday.
A team from the University of Memphis won second prize for their Forgery-proof Identification Using Sweat Gland Distribution project and the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s team took the third place for its New Method to Identify Counterfeit Products Using Infrared Cameras.
Terry Murphy, DRS Technologies’ chief operating officer, said the company has observed the progress of advanced infrared imaging applications.
“However, we are also enthusiastic about the addition of the ‘Most Viral Video’ category to the competition that inspired an artistic adaptation of thermal sensing and imaging technology,” added Murphy.
DRS’ network and imaging systems division provided the participants with Tamarisk 320 thermal imaging cameras to create videos showing different methods of using of infrared imaging.
Max Junda of the University of Toledo won $5,000 for his Infrared Flows under the “Most Viral Video” category.