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Public Television Science Series Featuring Concord Eigenweg
ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University’s eigenwegTM system is among scientific endeavors from around the state being featured in the West Virginia Public Broadcasting television series “Mountain State Science.”
Produced by Southern Bureau Chief Jessica Lilly, the piece is set to air on “This Week in West Virginia” Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, June 5 at 6 p.m. The report will also be part of a 9-week public radio series on the 7:30 a.m. show “West Virginia Morning.”
The eigenwegTM system is an innovation in tourism technology that offers a one-stop digital source for tourist information. Eigenweg (pronounced ike-en-vek) translated from Dutch means “my way.”
The software is a product of Concord University research and development team Dr. W.R. Winfrey, professor of mathematics, and Miranda N. Martin, a 2009 Concord graduate and Oak Hill native. Their work is based in the Rahall Technology Center on Concord’s Athens campus.
“eigenwegTM is a solution to a fundamental problem in the tourism industry, i.e. connecting brochures to digital sources of information about tourist attractions,” Winfrey said. “This is provided via a kiosk in a tourist information center, a hotel lobby, an airport, a railway station or a ferry terminal. Also, it can be provided via a smartphone and a website.”
“The digital information is accessed via a QR code (a two-dimensional bar code) printed on a brochure or in advertising,” he said.
“Mountain State Science” spotlights West Virginia science educators and scientific research. The series is made possible through a partnership with the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research directs EPSCoR in West Virginia.