Archived Projects 2022
1st Prize: DarkMode
Neil Chitalia, Anish Neervannan, Vinay Senthil, Phil Sieg, Keshav Vedula
A major roadblock to fully autonomous driving becoming a mainstream technology is its reliability in nighttime and low light scenarios. Current leaders of the autonomous movement such as Tesla have gravitated towards camera and computer vision-based models to perform the bulk of their autonomous control. However, these systems are currently limited by the hardware’s ability to give detailed image data to these models in low environments with low light and motion blur. To that end, DarkMode aims to develop a suite of perception and mapping models using event-based cameras (in tandem with conventional cameras), which have significantly better performance in fast-paced environments because of the cameras’ increased light sensitivity and variable pixel refresh rate.
2nd Prize: MEViD
Carisa Shah, George Feng, Daphne Kontogiorgos-Heintz, Pranshu Suri, Rachel Zoneraich
MEViD is an affordable, accurate, and rapid diagnostic platform that can screen asymptomatic populations to suppress emerging disease. While existing diagnostics require a centralized laboratory network which limits accessibility across all settings of care, MEViD is a point of care test that can be widely deployed to fortify the frontlines of our global pandemic response. Developed in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s de la Fuente lab, MEViD leverages an electrochemical technique to diagnose disease.
Most Innovative: Ultra-Efficient Video Chat
Karthik Macherla, Raymond Mason, Ashwin Nathan, Shaya Zarkesh
Video chat has become an integral part of how we work and socialize, accelerated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. We use video chat all the time and know-how frustrating a bad video call with stuttered frames can be. They are also notorious for quickly using up all your data. Other than just the cost, it will take significant time for fast internet to be available around the world, especially in more remote areas. Beyond the consumer experience, video chat in the form of conferences via Zoom or Microsoft Teams takes up significant company bandwidth. Ultra-Efficient Video Chat does exactly what the name suggests and provides an entirely new creative approach to video calls that uses an order of magnitude less data-producing smooth calls even on constrained bandwidth.
Viewers’ Choice Award: Capwell
Walter Hubsch, Andrew Lane, Lucien Peach, Tomas Pinilla, Jacoby Niko Simpkins
Capwell is a device that provides a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to capture and dispose of methane escaping from orphaned natural gas wells. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are about 3.3 million abandoned oil and gas wells across the U.S., with around 60% of them not being properly plugged. As a result, these wells constantly leak a mixture of harmful chemicals into the environment, with 290 kilotons of methane emitted in 2018 alone. This is equivalent to emissions from burning 16 million barrels of oil or the Carbon Dioxide Equivalent of taking over 4 million cars off our roads every year. Methane has 86 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide on a pound-for-pound basis, thus making it a critical target in effectively combating the effects of global warming.
INTEGRATION LAB FINALISTS
Kaan Erdogmus, Nolan Hendrickson, Jonathan Kogan, Brandon Reid, Shriyash Upadhyay
Hare Financial is a peer-to-peer payments platform that offers customers a high yield (5% APY) on their in-platform balance. We do this by leveraging recent innovations in decentralized finance (DeFi). High yield gives users a reason to switch to and stay with Hare Financial. Peer-to-peer payments allow us to achieve exponential, low-cost growth. As a result, Hare Financial will become a crypto on-ramp by connecting a large number of users to the benefits of DeFi. Then, we become a FinTech super app by providing users with not just the legacy financial services they are used to (debit/credit cards, brokerage services, etc.), but also the new financial services created by crypto (high yield, stable-coin collateralized borrowing, etc.). Our vision is for Hare financial to bring DeFi to the 80% of Americans who still do not own or engage with cryptocurrencies.
Chanseo Bae, Tiffany Moi, Gautam Ramesh, Kevin Sun, Claudia Zhu
Tree Docs revolutionizes the collaborative writing process. The classic linear paradigm cannot meet today’s need for agility and modularity. Our version control replaces this outdated linear model with a robust tree data structure. A tree guarantees that different users can tackle different sections without conflict and limits the effect any single user has on the document. Our implementation provides a more secure and scalable way to produce and maintain documents. Use cases range from academic research papers to complex B2B contracts.
Chelsea Cao, Hyuck Choi, Christopher Kline, Shannon Zhang
Despite extensive greenwashing by the plastics industry, less than 10% of plastic ever produced has been recycled. This fact has come to light in recent years, against the backdrop of the climate crisis, and consumers and corporations have begun to demand more widespread use of recycled plastics as a result. One such recyclable plastic is polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a versatile polymer mainly used in packaging and textiles. TereCycle, an innovatively designed US-based plant will be used to recycle PET, via methanolysis to depolymerize 100,000 metric tons of contaminated PET per year. The novel chemical reaction pathway has a 30% lower greenhouse gas burden.
Srisa Changolkar, Christopher Lee, Bryan Romanow
Prescription medication abuse is one of the most pressing issues in the US. Over 200 million opioid prescriptions are written each year, with nearly half of all patients being non-adherent, resulting in over 70,000 deaths each year. To make matters worse, under the traditional pill bottle, healthcare providers have no way to track patient adherence data, often leading to suboptimal prescriptions and negative health outcomes. To address this two-part problem, we developed PillBot, a two-part solution with the mission to redefine the pill bottle. PillBot incentivizes medication adherence among patients while empowering healthcare professionals to diagnose and prevent addiction and misuse. This is done through a combination of a specialized, handheld pill dispenser and an online data platform that allows doctors to track patient adherence. As a data-oriented company, PillBot is the world’s first and only source of granular medication adherence data, which is shared with care providers to allow for intervention before the onset of addiction.
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