The IEEE Presidents’ Change the World Competition recognizes students who develop unique solutions to real-world problems using engineering, science, computing, and leadership skills to benefit their community, the world at large, or both. The contest offers students the perfect opportunity to have their ingenuity and enthusiasm for engineering and technology recognized by IEEE members around the globe. IEEE is proud to salute the winners of this prestigious competition.
Andrew Brimer and Abigail Cohen
The rising cost of chronic respiratory diseases is a healthcare burden worldwide. Committed to tackling this issue, co-leads Andrew Brimer and Abigail Cohen have developed a pocket-sized spirometer for diagnosis and monitoring of asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis.
Even in developed countries, spirometers historically have been relegated to pulmonologists and hospitals due to high cost and tedious maintenance. However, Brimer and Cohen’s low-cost spirometer solution drastically reduces cost while maintaining accuracy. By conquering these barriers, Sparo Labs has the opportunity to bring spirometry to developing countries as a diagnostic tool, as well as to equip patients in the developed world with an accurate method for proactive disease management.
Through seamless integration with mobile devices, this solution bridges the gap between a medical device and a consumer product, crafting an engaging and meaningful user experience for both caregivers and patients. Putting this powerful technology in the hands of patients and in clinics worldwide will alter the diagnosis and management of respiratory diseases.
Integrated Biomedical Health-Monitoring System for Senior Citizens
Ping Jack Soh, Marco Mercuri
The growing worldwide senior population (60 years and older) has resulted in an increasing need for long-term health-monitoring approaches. The shortage of nursery homes, increasing personal care costs, and privacy preference motivate the seniors' wish to stay longer at home. The primary concern is fall detection, as sustained injuries from such incidents often result in serious physical and psychological consequences, or even death. The ability for immediate fall detection considerably reduces this mortality risk.
This proposed research aims to provide an integrated, energy-efficient, low-cost, reliable and accurate system for continuous health-monitoring in a home environment, both indoor and outdoor. This integrated system consists of indoor contactless radars, combined with a wearable sensor for the outdoors. Its wireless telemetry and data processing capabilities enable real-time fall-detection and localization, vital sign sensing, and data transmission back to a base station, and consequently alerts caregivers.
This innovative research minimizes safety risks without hindrance to the seniors' daily activities, improves their quality-of-life without compromising privacy, besides allowing a prolonged living period in their familiar home environment.
Roy Ombatti, Juliet Wanyiri
The FabLab Outreach Program was started four years ago to provide a platform for engineering students to mentor school students by introducing basic engineering, electronics, robotics, programming and automation to school students so as to provide a practical approach to the concepts taught in class. It also serves as a means of tapping into the students’ potential in science and technology by encouraging their creativity, and subsequently their aspiration to undertake technical studies at higher learning institutions. Emphasis is laid on the less privileged kids who are not exposed to such ‘luxuries’ with a special focus on encouraging female students to take up careers in science-related fields.
Through the program, the kids get a practical approach to textbook learning. They get to learn how things work and actually develop and relate their own home-grown solutions to problems around them. The kids are empowered and encouraged to be part of the solution rather than another statistic out of Kenya’s warped education system. They are armed with the necessary tools to change their futures and, by proxy, that of Kenya.