CCSL member receives “Voo Livre” Award

On April 16, 2010, William Colen, a member of the CCSL (FLOSS Competence Center) at IME/USP, was awarded the Voo Livre (Free Flight)
Award, Development category, sponsored by the Brazilian National Meeting, where is the Brazilian community. The award is offered biannually  to those who contribute in making an increasingly free society, allowing the project to "fly" higher.

The award was presented in Cuiaba, MT, during the IV National Meeting of William is a developer of CoGrOO, the Brazilian Portuguese Grammar Checker for, which is developed by CCSL in partnership with

At the award occasion, Mr. Colen thanked the prize, stating that the CoGrOO project's success is due to the collaboration of many people.
The award addresses the efforts of everyone that has contributed or is still contributing to the project, both programmers and users.

The Grammar Checker CoGrOO is currently developed at IME-USP, and is one of the projects currently developed by the Natural Language
Processing group coordinated by prof. Dr. Marcelo Finger. The group currently has six participants, which five of them are post graduate

Photo1: from left to Right – Carlos Menezes, William Colen and Marcelo Finger.

Photo2: from left to Right– Michel Oleynik, Wesley Seidel, William Colen, Marcelo Finger, Rodrigo Zaccara and Thiago Maciel Batista