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Student Team Winners Announced for 2015 CCI Senior Project Competition

CCI Senior Design 2015
CCI Teaching Professor Jeff Salvage (far right) stands with Senior Project team Gygan Reign, who won first place at the 2015 CCI Senior Project Competition on June 1, 2015.

June 4, 2015

On Monday, June 1, the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) held its annual Senior Project Competition which showcased five outstanding senior project development groups.

Senior Project is part of a multi-term capstone experience involving in-depth study and application of computing and informatics. Students work in teams to develop a significant product.

The projects require the use of a development process that includes planning, specification, design, implementation, evaluation and documentation. Projects are often conceived by external stakeholders who guide the requirements process and ultimately use the resulting application. Groups may be interdisciplinary with students from varied departments within the College of Engineering and the Digital Media program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

Projects are judged in a multi-level competition on originality, compliance with software engineering principles, completion and their successful deployment.

This year’s CCI Senior Project Competition prize winners include:
Gygan Reign (First Place - $1,000) by Cory Bergquist, Ryan Daugherty & Dylan Yates
An online player versus player strategy game with tower defense elements, where players control their armies by drawing custom paths directly on the battlefield, manipulating the field in a tactile and intrin¬sically rewarding way. By removing quick-reflex situations and decreasing overall actions-per-minute by players, Gygan Reign introduces real time strategy gameplay to an audience that has previously lacked the motivation to overcome the high barrier that traditional real time strategy games present. This combined casual-strategy audience covers approximately half of the gaming market. Created in Unity3D, the application utilizes third-party libraries which assist in achieving complex in-game mechanics without having to reinvent existing solutions. These libraries sit behind facades in order to allow for future development, which may include changing which solutions were used. The system is designed with future expansions in mind, adhering to the open/closed principle wherever relevant.

DragonTrack (Second Place $500) by Stephen Braccia, Juan Munoz, Persis Finny, Edward Budihardjo & Stephen J. Weber
Drexel University’s Nurse Anesthesia Program is seeking an electronic case tracking system to facilitate to keep tracking and managing clinical cases daily and aids in the electronic evaluation system which enable the preceptor to evaluate students in their clinical daily basis area and the current paper-based evaluation. Administrators who will be able to run students’ reports to monitor student’s progress and to verify proper documentation of encounters and rest assure students are meeting the requirements needed prior to graduating. In addition to that, this student encounter and evaluation tracking system will be able to help students to create all daily clinical reports quickly and effectively including patients’ demographic background, clinical notes taking, procedures and skills.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):
ShowCased.Inc (Honorable Mention $250) by Damien Benkert, Jon Levine, Joe Kluchinski & Sarah Haley
The ShowCased.Ink (SCI) project revolves around to creating a ‘crowdsourcing,’ ranking social website, similar to yelp, specifically designed around generating exposure for local tattoo artists and tattoo shops. To assure the wary, customer ratings will be available for the shops and artists as well as shared com¬ments and reviews. All member types can tag uploaded photos, including tagging by the artists or shop who provided the work done for them. Once approved, Shop and Artist member types will also be able to upload a portfolio of their own pictures with a landing page for sharing business and contact information. The website will separate itself by utilizing the latest web and UI design practices for a more feature oriented environment using modern browser technology and a responsive interface. It will make use of custom APIs for interaction with social media interfaces and incorporate location based services so potential customers can readily find tattoo artists and shops by area while providing a way for enthusiasts to share their tattoos, for artists to share their work, and tattoo shops to share their information. The pilot will take place in Philadelphia.

NeuroLink (Honorable Mention $250) by Andrew Black, Matthew Bodofsky, Kenneth Fox & Eric Loi
NeuroLink is a low cost Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) for use by persons physically incapable of operating a mouse and keyboard. Initially developed as a system to allow advanced stage ALS patients to interact with the outside world, it is useable by others with similar physical limitations such as Muscular Dystrophy or Multiple Sclerosis. People with ALS gradually lose their voluntary motor functions--the ability to move, speak or even blink. They become trapped in a non-functioning shell. At $1000, NeuroLink competes in a market where existing solutions range in cost from $3,500 to $17,500. NeuroLink achieves comparable performance by using a combination of low cost off the shelf input devices and Machine Learning algorithms. It is designed to rapidly adapt as input devices and algorithms improve and to grow as new uses or markets for the technology appear. NeuroLink drastically improves its user’s quality of life by restoring their ability to communicate and interact with the world around them while avoiding the prohibitive cost of the existing commercial solutions.

Connect The Dots (Honorable Mention $250) by Tarika and Tamanna Chawla
Connect the Dots is a comprehensive tool that creates an effective flow by encompassing community level patient care to high level supply chain system with easy to use SMS monitoring and evaluating. It is an epidemiological data collection and visualization tool that large agencies such as WHO or mid-sized organizations such as NGO’s can use to get patient data related to HIV/AIDS, malaria and pregnancy. According to Internet World Stats, there are only 8.6 percent internet users in Africa. This system is principally designed to work via Short Message Service (SMS) considering the limited resources available in the developing countries, especially internet. This application has two foundation blocks: data centric and patient centric. Data centric helps to collect all the data submitted by the healthcare workers through healthcare questionnaires. Patient centric helps to collect the data based on specific health condition such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and pregnancy as reported by the patient. The patient initiates this loop in order to seek healthcare check-up and then the system assigns that patient to the healthcare worker according to the location of the patient.


CCI would like to thank this year's Senior Project Competition sponsors for their generous support: SonomedEscalon, Bentley, Cigna, eMoney and Unisys.

For more information on CCI’s Senior Project, please visit our website.