The teams have each accepted $1,000 to fund their efforts to create smartphone applications.
1) Toco Transducer and Tocodynomometer – with smart phone APP – will be used to help pregnant women in early labor determine when to get to the hospital. They hope to reduce false alarms and get help for women who really need it but may not realize it.
2) Binspace – an APP to help students find available study or meeting locations on campus.
Each team has an assigned IBM volunteer buddy who will act as coach or mentor.
I’m pleased to announce that students at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have won a Students for a Smarter planet award!
They call it: Constructing a Smart City Composite Ranking
City-rankings have become a central instrument for assessing the attractiveness of urban regions. Demographic, environmental, economic, political and socio-cultural factors are encouraging the urban world to design Smart Cities. The smart city measures are achieved through carefully chosen indicators and allow cities to reorganize themselves successfully, via an understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.
The definition of metrics in the field of smart cities is driven by two principles: (1) to compare city-regions between themselves and learn from the best, and (2) to understand the internal dynamics of smart cities, define weaknesses, and recognize the effort needed to overcome them.
This study specifically focuses on weighting, Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), and aggregation methods.
We’re looking forward to seeing how this progresses.
We are the University of Connecticut team of students working with Students for a Smarter Planet. Our project will be based around a campaign to raise public awareness and involvement with the water infrastructure in Rotterdam, Netherlands. We will be utilizing the Intelligent Operations for Water platform to develop a mobile application that will make learning and managing the water infrastructure both fun and rewarding.
But how could water infrastructure be interesting you may ask? Simple. Put it in a game! Users will interact in a gamified, informative system that will help the city’s water utilities to maintain their infrastructure. Through the use of this app and social media, we aim to get the public thinking about how their city manages and maintains its water.
Meet the Team…
Andrew Boba – Senior, Computer Science and Engineering major. A lover of snowboarding, the Brooklyn Nets, take-out Chinese, and of course, sewage.
Ian Brunjes - Senior, Computer Science major. Enjoys puns far too much. A devout gamer, likes to go outside occasionally, especially when it rains.
Julie Cappello – Senior, Computer Science and Engineering major. Loves cooking, sushi, warm weather, and sleeping (especially on water beds).
Zhuoqing Xu- Senior, Computer Science major. Embracing the nigh impossible task to build a healthy body while being a software engineer. A big fan of Arsenal FC and frivolously jumping around in puddles.
Follow us and enjoy all our missteps, triumphs, and confusion of IBM acronyms. We are about to take a plunge into Smarter Water and are excited to see where this ends up.
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know!
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