JBS Voice/Web/Mobile Showcase

The 2018 Voice/Web/Mobile JBS will have their final product showcase this Thursday 8/2 from 3-5 in Schwartz 112.

Six teams of three students each have built apps which can be accessed either through voice or through a browser (or both). The presentations will be from 3-4 (right after SciFest though in a different building) and you’ll be able to play with their apps from 4-5 at the reception.

The six apps are ( https://sites.google.com/a/brandeis.edu/jbs-2018-cosi/home/teams):

  • PresentationApp/SpeechFlow — control your computer during a presentation entirely with your voice (visit link A, pick a random student to answer this question, to to slide 10, etc.)
  • CollegeInfo — allows you to ask complex questions about the Brandeis course schedule, such as which Computer Science courses are offered this semester on Mondays at 3:00, and you can also use it to build and view your schedule.
  • SeniorCenter — matches seniors based on their interests in books, movies, and TV series. This is designed to fight the isolation and depression common in seniors while allowing them to use their voice rather than click buttons on their computer or phone.
  • DeisTransportApp — allows you to make reservation on the BranVan and query arrival times and bus locations all by voice!
  • HumanGainz — allows your phone to serve as your personal trainer at the gym. Reminding you of which exercises are next in the workout you selected.
  • SON – this is a next generation calendar app which incorporates social media so you can ask which of your friends are free at a particular day/time as well as handle all of the usual calendar operations.

Please join us to see the presentations, ask questions,  and interact with the apps.

— The JBS Team—

Studifi

With the advent of web applications and mobile devices, students in Computer Science are becoming more and more entrepreneurial during their stay at university. A stream or new and intriguing applications built by students has been emerging from Brandeis.

Studifi ® is a collaboration platform for students, developed by Thomas Lextrait, graduate student at Brandeis. It is hosted in the cloud and offers free service. Students can use Studifi to find, manage and collaborate(*) on projects, while instructors can use it to manage student teams within their classes. The platform allows students to find teammates within their classes as well as look for projects at other universities across the globe.

Studifi generates revenue by allowing landlords to post local apartments and companies to post jobs. These are matched with students to create targeted yet relevant advertisement, adding value to the platform.

(*) Brandeis students should consult course instructors before collaborating on projects, and should be cognizant of the rules laid out in section 4 of the Rights and Responsibilities handbook.

JBS Computer Science Product Showcase 2012

The JBS Computer Science Product Showcase will take place on Thursday 8/2/2012 in the main Auditorium of the Mandel Center from 2:00-4:00

Tim Hickey and Pito Salas will present a short overview of this year’s Justice Brandeis Semester in Web Applications and Social Networks, and then each of four student groups will present the product they created this summer. There are four products that involve a database-backed web application and possibly a mobile component as well. The products are listed below, with a little suggestion of their purpose:

  • Spy Game: a new genre of Augmented Reality phone games
  • WikiWitness: an archive for first person reports of historical events
  • Volunteerhours.org: LinkedIn for volunteers
  • Where’s My Lane: civic hacking for Boston bike commuters

The JBS program covered not only the technical aspects of how to create a database backed website that could efficiently handle hundreds of millions of records, but also covered the practice of computer science and software entrepreneurship. The students will give 10-15 minute presentations with 5-10 minutes of discussion.

Followup: story at BrandeisNOW

Sprout Grants Awarded to Seven Groups

Another Brandeis NOW story covers the results of the 2012 Sprout Grant competition. Of 20 applications received, half were software related, half life sciences and physical science-related, so the groups were judged separately. Thirteen groups were asked to return for a second round of interviews, coaching and presentations to outside panels of industry judges.  Seven groups were awarded grants:

2012 Sprout Grant winners, life and physical sciences:

  • 
Radiation detector, Wellenstein, PI $20,000
  • Tuberculosis treatment, therapeutic, Hedstrom, PI $17,000
  • Cold Stage for Light Microscopy, microscope tools, Turrigiano, PI $16,000
  • Conditional gene silencing, research tool, Lau PI, $6,000

2012 Sprout Grant winners, software:

  • Innermost Labs, social network. Sahar Massachi and Adam Hughes, $7,500
  • Digital Learning Analytics, learning analytics, Larusson PI  $6,000
  • Campus Bash, social network, Y. Sebag, and M. Jafferji $6,500

For more information about the projects and the judging process, read the story at Brandeis NOW.

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