Students, Industry Converge to Showcase New Technologies

Technology solutions such as personal shopping assistants, collaborative music curation, and medical patient monitoring took top prizes at the 8th annual Convergence Innovation Competition (CIC) last week.

Shoply Demonstration at 2013 Convergence Innovation Competition
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Sagar Savla, a graduate student in computer science and member of the Shoply team, demonstrates his team's product at the Spring 2013 Convergence Innovation Competition (CIC). Shoply placed first in the Connected Home category.

The CIC gives student teams an opportunity to work with industry partners looking for innovative applications and services in their fields. Entries focus on research and innovation in converged services and networks, as well as client and server platforms and environments.

"Many times, to make a project, people use dummy data," said Sagar Savla, a graduate student in computer science whose Shoply project placed first in the connected home category.  "This competition is about making a project with actual, real data. It’s not just development — it’s also about bringing all the other pieces actually build a product."

This year, more than 150 finalists comprising 40 teams competed in preliminary online judging prior to the live project demonstrations on April 4.

The winning technology projects for the Spring 2013 CIC are: 

Connected Home

  • 1st place: Shoply, a personal shopping assistant that provides options based on price, quality and proximity. Created by computer science students Nirav Bhatia, Gaurav Avinash Dhage and Sagar Kuverli Savla. 

  • 2nd place: Glance, a dashboard that monitors and displays the real-time state of home systems. Created by industrial design student James David Hallam; computer science students Philip Andrew Smith and Lauren Alexandra Schmidt; and human-computer interaction students Lawrence Edward IV Freil, Mudit Gupta and Nitya Marie Noronha. 

Connected Life  

  • 1st place: RPM Mobile, a remote patient monitoring application that enables recording and monitoring of health-related information. Created by industrial design student Ljilja Kascak, and computer science students Michael John Zeitz and Rahul Durgaprasad Agrawal.

  • 2nd place: SketchWorld, an application that allows users to place drawings in augmented reality for social viewing and editing. Created by computational media students Morgan Margaret Dolan, Michelle Purnama Dewi Partogi, Mallory Rebecca Wynn and Matthew Paul Eziashi.

Connected Transportation

  • 1st place: Serendipity, an intelligent, safety-focused in-car assistant that anticipates and fulfills driver needs. Created by electrical and computer engineering student Jae Won Choi, and computer science students Young Seuk Kim, Saurabh Prafulla Chakradeo and Sameer Shashikant Vijaykar.

  • 2nd place: DriveSocial, a social gaming experience for drivers based on real-world operation. Created by computer engineering student Zeheng Chen, and computer science students David Rafael Garcia, Avinash Dhage, David Cheo Montaque and Donnie Bo Ward.

Future Networks

  • 1st place: SoundStream, an application to build music playlists collaboratively without transferring files or cables. Created by computational media student Elizabeth Renee Johnson, and computer science students David Robert Greenhalgh, Bryan Anthony Sills, Hamilton Reid Baker and Jesse Austin Rosalia.

  • 2nd place: Platform Interface, a user interface to enhance the smartTV viewing experience. Created by mechanical engineering students Jason Park and Emanuel Matthew Jones, and human-computer interaction student Mudit Gupta.

People's Choice

  • ARMenu, an augmented reality application to enhance the dining experience. Created by electrical engineering students Keith Osabohien Osayande, Hongfei Li, Jonathan K'ang-Yu Ting and Jin Xu; computer science student Po-Kai Hsu; and computer engineering student Ahmed Hesham Ismail.

Videos of the winning projects are available online at Winners also will demonstrate their projects at the GVU Center and Digital Media Program Spring Research Showcase on April 17. The showcase will feature more than 80 demonstrations from Georgia Tech researchers. Learn more or register online.

The CIC is produced by the Georgia Tech Research Network Operations Center and the Institute for People and Technology. AT&T, Cisco, General Motors, Hitachi and Panasonic sponsored this year’s competition.