Student Innovations Featured in Annual Showcase
More than 50 undergraduates in 14 teams presented their projects at the annual Student Project Showcase held March 22, 2012. The event highlighted a range of student innovations, from an interactive comic book for the iPad that teaches English to Japanese school-age children, to smartphone-enabled home automation.
Information about each of the projects is listed below:
INFORMATICS 191: SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT (THREE-QUARTER)
CaseTrak is a mobile application for medical students and residents to optimize the workflow of capturing statistical data related to clinical cases in which they are involved.
Team Memory Lane: Melody Budiono, Julie Darwish, Simon Huynh, Marcel Pufal, Kevin Sar
Sponsor: Department of Clinical Informatics, Medical Center, UCI
“FIELD STUDY WEB PORTAL”
The Field Study Web Portal is an overhaul of the current Social Ecology field study program website. This new web portal improves usability and communication with features such as the progress bar and web forms, and reduces student time spent searching for a field site with a searchable, sortable and filterable web table of field site listings. Students also have the ability to view the status of their applications, while community partners may review and give feedback to student applications within the web portal.
Team Omega: Grant Arjani, Chris Lang, Martina Mickos
Sponsor: Ashley Vikander, School of Social Ecology, UCI
IndyaVids Mobile is an Android application for the website IndyaVids, an instructional video site for Indian culture. The application allows users to search, explore and watch videos. As well you can register as a member and upload your own videos with a smartphone.
Team Dynamic in Motion: Matthew Ito, Brandon Lovrein, Zafar Mehboob, Tri Pham, William Yeh
Sponsor: Ash Kumra, IndyaVids
Creating a new experience for photographers, models, make-up artists, wardrobe stylists and hair stylists to market their portfolio and network with each other.
Team Aperture: Danielle Yu, Evan White, Ferdinand Lucero Jr., Jordan White, Michael Cupino
The Presidio Trust is an organization that maintains and preserves the Presidio National Park in San Francisco. This involves recording information about plant life, such as a species’ abundance or transferring less common species away from construction zones. Currently, a Presidio Trust field operative records plant information by walking around the park and taking notes using pen and paper. Afterwards, he returns to his office and types his notes into a desktop system in order to update the Presidio Trust plant records. Presidio Mobile, an Android application, streamlines the recording process by allowing plant information to be recorded and sent straight to the records without having to leave the park. In addition, Presidio Mobile can search through the records and view plant locations on a map.
Team Chromatic: Kenny Compass, Josh Ettlin, Linh Lam, Steven Nguyen, Sanjay Yashpaul
Sponsor: The Presidio Trust of San Francisco
“READ & MORE”
Reading is commonly taught through phonics. However, children with Down Syndrome are visual learners; they learn to read more efficiently by actually seeing the connections between text and pictures. Read & More is an interactive learning application designed with visual learners in mind. The app transforms the physical material used in classrooms into a virtual learning tool that can be used in classrooms and at home.
Team LearnEd: Candace Chen, Thanh Le, Muhammad Zaman, Matan Lurey, Vatsal Shah
Sponsor: Dana Halle, Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County
“THE STARLING QUARTERLY”
We’ve created an interactive writing environment where students may learn and explore writing through poetry. The process is feedback intensive with a strong focus on enhancement through revision. We’ve looked to the community as a source of support and encouragement for the students, enabling them to view published works within the Starling Quarterly — a publicly accessible literary journal.
Team Scribble: Minda Wang, Jonathan Chang, Mike Tang, Christine Liang, Kevin Huynh
Sponsor: Sue Cronmiller, UCI Poetry Exchange
“WHAT’S UP, JAMES?”
What’s Up, James?” is an interactive comic book style iPad application. The purpose of this application is to facilitate and enforce correct English pronunciation by delivering it with a fun and interactive user interface. It also includes voice read-aloud capabilities.
Team Applied Minds: Stephan Chilingaryan, Ammar Takieldin, Shawn Ridgeway, Warren Trinh
Sponsor: Noriyasu Suzuki
INFORMATICS 117: SOFTWARE SYSTEM DESIGN PROJECT (ONE-QUARTER)
“GSA CLOUD RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INTERFACE”
The goal of the project is to take all the videos stored on GSA’s local hard drives and move them into Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service) and keep track of each video’s meta data along with a link to the video resource in Amazon’s SDB (Simple Database). We have created a web app that will allow GSA to effectively manage their videos and database records by searching through the database using established keywords, inserting video meta data to match database structure, and uploading videos in bulk through a direct link to Amazon’s Management Console.
Team Green: Chris Gau, Humza Bhakhrani, Jonathan Yao, Kaveh Vazirzadeh, Zaid Ibrahim
Sponsor: GreenScreen Animals (GSA)
“THE HARVEST CLUB WEB-BASED DATABASE SYSTEM”
The OC Food Access Coalition runs a program called The Harvest Club. The Harvest Club wants build capacity to expand what they do in the community. They are currently using various database applications to manage all their information. The goal of this project is to merge all the existing software technologies into a single system and simplify the daily activities of The Harvest Club volunteers and staff.
Team Nyan Catz: Duy Thuy, Du The Du, Steven Salat, Lawrence Neill, Fernando Vargas
Sponsor: OC Food Access Coalition
ICS.jobs is a website that connects students in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences with employers. It enables students to post profiles (including resumes) and employers to post jobs. Among several features, students may search posted jobs, and employers may search posted profiles.
Team ICS.jobs: Steven Neisius, James Supancic III, Makoto Kadota, Uyen Nguyen, Peter Park
Sponsors: Dan Frost and Colleen O’Higgins, Bren School, UCI
“SCAPES (STUDYING COLLABORATIVE AUTHORING PRACTICES IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS”
SCAPES analyzes the history of revisions of Google Docs. It aims to help research in patterns of collaborative writing and research in teacher-student interactions through Google Docs.
Team Sucy: Jordan Speer, Grace Uchida, Michael Cupino, Danielle Yu
Sponsor: Judith Olson, Bren School, UCI
COMPUTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING 181: SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT (TWO-QUARTER)
The miHome project focuses on home automation. Sensors and actuators are placed around the house, which will allow a user with a smartphone to perform such tasks as remotely closing and opening a window or turning a light on and off.
Team miHome: Mike Li, Stephen Yang, Sonny Lin, David Dinh
“THE NETWORK PROBE”
The Network Probe project involves the development of an electronic device that can probe a network and gather information from the network through the use of Ethernet ports.
Team Network Probe: Adiel Ruiz, Antonio Ruballos, Charles Whitlock, Julian Lawrence