Technion Computer Science Project Fair: Technology Serving Society

July 15, 2022

On June 26, the Taub Faculty of Computer Science held its project fair at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, with the participation of dozens of undergraduate students. A wide range of projects in a variety of fields were presented under the following categories: Internet of Things (IoT), Android applications, software engineering, and computer communications.

Many of the projects at the fair, led by Itai Dabran and Tom Sofer of the Interdisciplinary Center for Smart Technologies (ICST) in computer science, utilize various technologies to benefit society. Some of these technologies include a smart hospital bed that warns of the danger of falling off, a swimming prosthesis for amputees, a system for organizing clothes sold in secondhand stores, a robot that solves a Rubik’s Cube® based on voice commands, a home monitoring app for air pollution, and apps to support various nonprofits.

Eleanor Ginzburg, a student who volunteered in the neurosurgery department at Rambam, learned that brain surgery and related treatments often cause blurring and confusion. As a result, patients sometimes try to climb up the bed railings and fall off. Together with Lior Kosharev and Tomer Ron, Eleanor developed a system that provides medical staff with advance warning of such dangerous attempts.

Students Nur Shabat and Noel Sheikh have developed a system that analyzes the performance of Olympic surfers and provides an analysis of data to help them win. The system is built on sensors and computerized analyses of the information received, and it operates even in places where there is no cellular reception. It was developed in collaboration with the Wingate Institute and the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering.

Students Nadav Curie, Ben Shani, and Noa Rosenthal developed a smart prosthesis that helps amputees swim by using sensors that detect the position of the arm and a neural network that learns the user’s behavior.

Dina Aleksandrowicz, Racheli Tspovetsky, and Maya Stein developed an app that helps run second-hand clothing stores. The app allows you to enter any item that comes in into the system, to manage the inventory, and to aid customers with locating the clothes they want.

The Technion Social Hub, which specializes in research and education for technological involvement in the community, collaborated with the Interdisciplinary Center for Smart Technologies for a few new projects. This year the Technion Social Hub was involved in five of these projects: a system for managing employees at the social non-profit “Paamonim,” an app that helps collect electronic equipment for recycling, a communication board that helps people with cerebral palsy, a support system for the “Women’s Courtyard” – a multicultural space for at-risk girls and women, and an IoT system to support the disabled and visually impaired at the Migdal-Or factory. This system was also incorporated into one of the students’ final projects as part of “Seeds of Innovation” of the Faculty of Industry and Management.

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