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Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium

Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium (BURS)
April 20, 2017

The Belmont University Research Symposium provides Belmont students an opportunity to conduct independent research and present it to a community of peers. Each spring students at Belmont gather to present their findings, listen to eminent speakers, and enjoy the company of fellow researchers.  Below you will find a general schedule for the events of BURS.  Please use the link to the left to find a more detailed schedule and specific locations for student presentations. 

Student presentations:  2:00-5:30 pm
Various locations - see schedule
BURS Reception:  5:00-5:30 pm
4094 Janet Ayers Academic Center
BURS Keynote Address:  5:30-6:30 pm
4094 Janet Ayers Academic Center

Student presentations:  7:00-9:30 pm
Various locations - see schedule

photo of Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg
Keynote Speaker Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg
"Audio and Acoustics Signal Processing: The Quest for High Fidelity Continues"

The BURS committee is excited to welcome Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. rer. nat. h.c. mult., Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT, Chair of Electronic Media Technology at the Institute of Media Technology at the Technische Universität Ilmenau, and Director of the Institute for Media and Mobile Communications at the Technische Universität Ilmenau. Brandenburg is an electrical engineer and mathematician who is a world-renowned figure in the fields of digital audio and computer science.   His 1989 dissertation on audio coding and perceptual measurement techniques forms the basis of MP3 and AAC audio encoding schemes which have transformed the music industry.  Prior to joining the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Erlangen as head of the Audio/Multimedia department in 1993, he worked with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, U.S. on ASPEC and MPEG-1 Layer 3.   Since 2000, he has held the position of full professor at the Institute for Media Technology at Technical University of Ilmenau.   He is a Fellow of both IEEE and the Audio Engineering Society, and is the recipient of awards so numerous that we present only a small fraction here: Internet Hall of Fame, IEEE Consumer Electronics Award, Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, IEEE Engineering Excellence Award, and several awards from the Audio Engineering Society.  He has been granted at least 27 US patents as a co-inventor.  Belmont is honored and pleased to host so distinguished a speaker, whose areas of research touch on fields as diverse as music business, computer science and physics.

 photo of students and Brandenburg during their study abroad trip

Belmont students of Drs. Sarita Stewart and Scott Hawley visited Dr. Brandenburg’s institute for Maymester Study Abroad in 2016


By clicking on the link immediately below, please find Guidelines for submitting Departmental Session Abstracts. These should be submitted for uploading to the web by Friday, April 1, 2017.  Also available below is a link to guidelines for BURS student abstracts submissions. Abstracts should be submitted by the advisors, not individual students.   

Departmental Session Submission Guidelines

BURS Student Abstract Submission Guidelines