Susan Zeng, an IBMer and professor at U Missouri brought us 2 projects from the Computer Science Department.
One is “Real-time Emotion Analysis On Twitter” – where students will attempt to analyze tweets to produce reports on feelings to help business people enhance services and products.
The other is “Identifying Gene Duplications Across DNA Sequences” – since these genes are associated with cancer, information about this could be useful as a step in helping find cures.
SFSP, in partnership with the IBM CIO is funding a special student capstone project team led by Julie Cappello (part time IBmer) creating a mobile application to enable city crews to manage underground pipes.
The much appreciated MENTORS are: John Cohn, IBM Fellow and Matt Ganis, STSM
The UNH Electronics Club will develop smart technologies for use in household applications. Members will participate in the design and development of multiple projects that will increase energy efficiency and provide for a more comfortable living environment. Environmental sensing, real-time occupant tracking for zoned lighting and heating control, and maximizing output of home-grown food will encompass the scope of the project.
Congratulations to Christine Carlson of IBM who helped get students from Chanhassen in line for our most recent SFSP award. Students there are doing 2 projects – both look likely to help build skills and do good!
The projects in their words:
Recreating the Hovercraft: Hovercraft could be a widely useful means of travel in that perfectly smooth roads are not needed. However its use has been niche so far due to safety concerns. If safer, hovercraft could be used in wider contexts, including for example emergency transportation over ice, and so its use could be helpful to first responder personnel. This would help the community by providing a new efficient means of travel which does not require roads.
FTC: The FIRST organization, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded to inspire students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. This team’s objective is not only to compete in this years’ competition but also to raise awareness of engineering opportunities at Chanhassen High, bring robotics and technology into the classroom, inspire other students in the school district via demos and presentations, and to mentor another beginning FIRST team not only on engineering, but also on teamwork, time management, fiscal responsibility, and marketing.
The class is broken into teams and we’re supporting three projects! Look for the students to blog about them here this fall.
(1) Automatic Parking Lot Monitoring System: We will design a system that will detect the presence of a vehicle in a parking spot, determine the validity of its parking pass and report invalid parking information (location, spot number, and an image of the violating vehicle) wirelessly to a command and control interface which will be displayed to the operator.
(2)Smart Residential Breaker: We will design a smart residential breaker to minimizes cold load pick up to turn all loads off when the utility loses power and sequentially switch the loads upon power Restoration in a smart way.
(3) Smart Irrigation System: We will provide a proof of concept solution which improves upon existing residential irrigation systems by both maximizing effective irrigation and minimizing unnecessary water consumption through the use of feedback measuring water content within soil.
Students for a Smarter Planet (S4ASP) is thrilled to work again with NCSU. We know our award is put to good use, and hope that besides equipment or supplies some of it goes toward team building (AKA pizza and beer).