Send me an email after all the presentations have been made in class.
Send the email to email@example.com with title "COMP 523 PROJECT PICKS".
Email is due Wed afternoon, 1/20/2016 by 5pm.
In this email give me the LETTERS (from the list below) of your top
6 project choices, in order...
something like this: 1Q 2L 3H 4P 5C 6A
I will do what I can to maximize happiness but I give no guarantees
other than you will end up assigned to some project.
Think of it this way... every project here is awesome!
So you will be happy no matter which you work on.
You may self-select a team if you wish... simply send me an email with
all student names as a team along with your 6 project preferences.
If you do not self-select a team, I will assign you individually to a
team based on project preference matches as best I can.
You may self-select a partial team as well.
Please make sure all team members agree on project choices and order.
J. Clark, B. Baxter (PureCloud)
PureCloud AWS IoT Integration
PureCloud Engage is a cloud service created by Interactive Intelligence that
facilitates communication (chat, audio, and video conferencing) between agents
and customers. Development of PureCloud Engage started about three years ago and
is intended to be used by contact centers operating in a cloud environment. PureCloud
Engage is built on top of the PureCloud platform which provides a REST API that
third-party products can use for integration.
The objective of this project is to build a proof-of-concept system that demonstrates
the ability for Internet of Things (IoT) devices to both be monitored and tracked
using PureCloud Analytics as well as for IoT devices to trigger actions within PureCloud
Engage. The integration would be used to demonstrate the integration capabilities of
PureCloud for existing customers and sales prospects.
The initial thinking for the project would be to integrate the Amazon Dash button
(https://www.amazon.com/s/field-keywords=dash+button) and Amazon Web Services
(AWS) IoT platform (https://aws.amazon.com/iot) with the PureCloud platform
(https://mypurecloud.com). The integration service would be a stand-alone cloud service
hosted in AWS and authenticate via OAuth. The web service would communicate with PureCloud
using the PureCloud REST API (http://developer.mypurecloud.com/purecloud-api). This
platform would showcase the ability for a customer to initiate a customer service action
such as an agent callback or to register an event which the agent could take action upon.
Initially the project would showcase next generation customer service capabilities of
the Interactive Intelligence PureCloud service. Long term goals may include integrating
with in-car telemetry and status information for use in the rental car industry and
with medical equipment for online quality monitoring and maintenance needs.
Team members will work with mentors from Interactive Intelligence to further refine the
requirements for the IoT proof-of-concept. Ideally, technologies suitable for a cloud
deployment will be used but ultimately technology decisions will be at the discretion
of the project team members.
A. T. Panter, V. Sathy (UNC Office of Undergrad Education)
Template Tool for Generating UNC Course Syllibi
We propose to develop a template tool that faculty members could use to help develop an optimal
syllabus for the semester. I have been asked about this in many forms (new faculty members,
faculty members who are uncertain what sections they need and what language to use). Also,
we have been trying to encourage our faculty to improve their syllabi because the students
benefit greatly from clear expectations about what the course will be.
A syllabus template tool would allow graduate students who are teaching for the first time,
new faculty to UNC, and faculty who are wanting to be diligent and complete to provide an
excellent syllabus on the first day of class.
A syllabus template tool would:
1. Populate the current university schedule for the semester (registrar has this several
years in advance). User would specify the term (fall, spring, summer 1, summer 2).
2. Use the Faculty Council Resolution as a guide on what sections to include in
a syllabus. I could provide that.
3. Provide optional wording for different sections of the syllabus that need to be there
(course learning objectives, honor code information, computer policies, attendance policy,
etc.). We could provide examples of model sections that a faculty member could choose
(from past syllabi that our Office has thought are particularly good, with permission from
the instructor). I could imagine standard sections that should be on a syllabus and a
faculty member could choose which wording they prefer.
4. Then the basic pieces are selected, a nice looking document could be created, and the
faculty member would fill in any final details.
This tool would be widely used, and we would all get a lot of good credit for providing this resource!
K. Headley (UNC Molecular Biology)
TheMovingElephant publishing platform
Themovingelephant.com is a peer reviewed publishing platform for alternative publication
media: including Powerpoint Presentations, audio files, and poster presentations. The moving
elephant is an online journal created by UNC PhD Student, Kathryn Headley, hoping to increase
accessibility of professional digital media to the public. As researchers, we are often like
blind men describing different parts of an elephant, we don’t fully understand the whole picture,
but we have a piece of information to add to a large puzzle. In a lot of cases, a video would
be helpful for researchers to understand a concept in a way that an article cannot articulate.
Similarly, watching a moving elephant vs. reading multiple articles on different parts of an
elephant can be more informative to understanding what an elephant is or how elephants work.
Themovingelephant.com is the first publishing platform for digital media and is looking
forward to transforming scientific communication by providing a new digital stage for
A. Chase (Durham Public Schools and Envisioning Youth Empowerment Retreat)
Assistive Technology for High School Students
We are a nonprofit who works to prepare blind and visually impaired high school
students for college by expanding them to real world situations. Because technology is
such a major component of higher education now, we seek an app that can allow us to
post class materials for our mock classes, allow students to submit work, allow students
to submit applications, and provide a space for posting of videos and pictures.
This is a priority for us as we aim to not provide Braille materials to better simulate
a true college experience.
Lucia Binotti (UNC Spanish)
RoadAmico is a software platform built on top of Google Maps. We enable experts to create
digital resources -- Journeys-- that map unique cultural itineraries while promoting
local heritage. Journeys provide like-minded travelers with exclusive content while
engaging them in alternative tourism and self-paced learning.
A Journey is a multimedia curated experience, written by local cultural agents.
A Curator builds her Journey, adding personalized content to an itinerary of selected
Google Places. She filters by #interests. She uploads her new curated Journey to
RoadAmico’s platform and gives it a price. Curators' contributions are game-ified,
similarly to the Google's Local Guides Rewards System. Curators’ reviews allow users
to select Journeys based on their own learning needs. At present we are developing
the Curators’ Board. Next we would like to create a user interface that allows to
visualize and purchase journeys.
Lucia Binotti (UNC Spanish)
Entiendelo is an app to help people navigate stressful linguistic and cultural situations.
The Entiendelo app alleviates the difficulty that arises from having to deal with a
situation of IPV in a multilingual context. Entiendelo is a unique application that can
be used by IPV survivors and their advocates in several ways. It contains a multi-dialect
glossary of words relating to sexuality, violence, and healing that serves as a translator
between the different Spanish registers spoken in the United States. It also contains
inspirational and counseling materials that serve as a resource to empower at-risk
individuals. Finally, the app contains an urban dictionary and an interactive game that
serve as cultural resources. When used in a situation of poor communication, the app
facilitates dialogue and interaction between users and speeds up assessment of the
Our target audience is any Spanish-speaking individual seeking to prevent IPV and any
English-speaking individual who works with the Latin@ community. Entiendelo’s main three
functionalities empower these populations to better understand their situation and to
provide resources that help them take control of their own lives. These are:
1) a Spanish-English glossary;
2) a bilingual collection of inspirational quotes; and
3) an interactive bilingual game, based on the model of Spent.
In its beta phase the app will be downloadable for free via the Google store,
following a hybrid freemium/ad supported business model. During this initial
timeframe we will look to ensure institutional and private funding to develop the
app beyond its core functionalities.
Jared Layne (UNC Campus Y)
Y Connect: Student and Alumnus Membership Management
Y Connect is an online, onyen-protected database that Campus Y members and alumni can use
to connect with one another. The Campus Y is the UNC Center for Social Justice and has
over 2000 current members and over 12000 alumni- yet no organized or useful way of
storing the plethora of experiences of expertise all of the people connected to Y have.
Y Connect will allow Campus Y members and alumni to have their own profile and search
other profiles for opportunities, advice or to reconnect. It will function as an internal
linked in, of sorts. This project was started last semester but has a lot to still do to
fully realize. You will get to work with Play MVC, OpenShift Hibernate ORM, Material
Design Lite and Polymer during this project.
A. Hurlbert (UNC Biology)
Caterpillars Count! Photo Quiz
This will be a web application built into our existing project website that allows logged
in users to practice identifying arthropods in photos via quizzes. Recent scores and
long-term average scores are saved and displayed (along with their ranking) for each user.
Although we could start with a fixed set of photos, would be great to access photos for
the quiz programmatically from iNaturalist.org via their API. Would also be great to explore
whether submission of Caterpillars Count! data to iNaturalist is possible via their
A. Hurlbert (UNC Biology)
Avian Diet Database and Website
We propose a web interface for entering quantitative diet information on North American
bird species. Currently we are doing this by editing a flat file directly (see example
attached), but I'd like a relational database structure and a means of data entry that
minimizes potential errors. We have a list of references that potentially contain these
data, and it would be great to build links to Google Scholar and UNC Library to
facilitate the discovery of these journal articles with data.
Ram Neta (UNC Philosophy)
We propose to develop logic games that will give students practice at using
various reasoning skills. They will feature truth-tables, Venn Diagrams,
argument mapping, etc. and may be web-based, or perhaps mobile.
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Ina Liu (UNC School of Pharmacy)
App that will help patients with poor health literacy
Background: Patients with low health literacy, or the ability to read and
understand about their medications, have poor adherence to medication as
well as the inability to fully comprehend harmful side effects. Furthermore,
because reliable internet sources such as MayoClinic.com or WebMD have a high
reading level, patients may seek false and unreliable information elsewhere
on the web such as forums. Pharmacists in response to low health literacy
and patients on multiple medications have offered "Medication Therapy Management"
or MTMs. The functions of the proposed app are based on what pharmacists
provide during a MTM: education and medication planning.
Alberto Bonifacio (UNC Medical School, Trauma)
Web development for www.tarheeltrauma.org. Last week, the UNC Trauma
Program launched a ten-year strategic plan to reduce trauma-related morbidity
and mortality in the region. Name Tarheel Trauma 2025, the group hopes to
rebrand itself as a center of excellence. The tarheel trauma website will
be key in our public presence as an innovative, highly organized, energetic
group that care, but also means business. In addition to building a image,
we hope to integrate the mid-carolina website, add a platform for injury
prevention games, and add functionalities such as subcommittee forums
and online registration.
Alberto Bonifacio (UNC Medical School, Trauma)
Trauma Continuum of Care Dashboard
Tarheel Trauma would like assistance with building a comprehensive data dashboard
built on Microsoft Visio. The dashboard will use infographics tied to regularly
uploaded data that will depict administrative and clinical trauma performance
"at-a-glance". This platform will enable the program to detect subtle changes
in practice potentially prevent medical error.
Alberto Bonifacio (UNC Medical School, Trauma)
Injury Prevention Game
This project will add an additional injury prevention game to our growing library.
The games have typically targeted pre-school-aged children, but we are open to taking
the leap towards developing games for older adults able to play simple games. Specific
topics will be burn protection or falls prevention.
Andy Lim (TIAA-CREF)
Multi-protocol Chat Hub (browser-based)
The goal of the project is to build a simple chatroom system model that can
integrate with other messaging systems/protocols (Twitch, IRC Channels,
Tweets as chat messages, etc).
1. Build a chatroom server using NodeJS and socket.io or any other
language/library of choice.
2. Build a front-end to send/receive messages and view users.
3. Build a paradigm for integrating with other chat systems by researching
common protocols or public documentation on said system. Integrate one
or more chat systems.
4. Polish the UI, add more front-end features like emotes, moderators, etc.
Julian Wooten (UNC Medical School)
VINCI: Social Media for Personal Fitness
I am leading the development and launch of technology that helps to connect people
with others and resources to support the achievement of their physical fitness goals.
Often a person would like to go to the gym or work towards improving their physical
fitness but they don't for a range of reasons. These include not wanting to go to
the gym alone, moving to a new place and losing their fitness network, being unsure
of how to perform exercises, or not knowing how to develop a fitness plan for their
specific goals. Some people do begin but eventually give up on their fitness goals
due to life commitments or not having a support system. This is the problem the
technology we're developing attempts to solve.
What we're building is an app and a companion website that would allow you to create a
profile and list your fitness level (beginning, intermediate, advanced...and more
information) and help connect you to others that also looking for fitness support, as well
as to resources such a nutrition tracker, exercises for specific body parts and workout
plans, healthy eating suggestions based on proximity, and more. This is accomplished
through GPS technology (so something like Uber but developed for fitness). The model for
this also works for those that are already pretty active looking for others with whom
they can train (e.g. runners, Tough Mudders, bikers, etc). We have included a
"Broadcast Yourself" feature which allows users to broadcast pickup games of various
sports, which we have demonstrated is popular especially in the
We have developed the GPS platform and would like help in developing the companion
website (e.g. nutrition tracker, profile building functionality, etc) and integrating the
GPS technology. An app/website with the complete functionality that we are offering
(e.g. person-to-person connection, broadcast yourself feature, real time fitness
tracking) has never been done before so we are excited to have help in developing this
first of it's kind technology. Our venture is called VINCI (Italian for "you win") and
we welcome people to the team.
(R) Dr. E. Leith (Music Instructor)
Music Mastery Apps
These apps are all related to the Music Mastery method of musical instrument
instruction invented by Dr. Eric Leith. They relate to learning pitch and timing
control, tracking practice habits, and developing a communtiy or related learners
If you have an interest in these we will work up a team for one of them.
Samara Reynolds (UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School)
UBP Career Roadmap App
Project: turning our new UBP Career Roadmap (attached as a PDF: created in PPT) into
a functional and interactive app for both UBP students (who can log-in to the
Kenan-Flagler Intranet) and students who are interested in business at UNC but
aren't with Kenan-Flagler (yet or at all). We designed this PPT/PDF for our students
to bring together resources from our website(s), UCS's website, and multiple other
UNC and external sites in one place for students. It also has guidance and step-by-step
directions for how students should be gearing their career development pathway while
at UNC to maximize opportunities and find their best-fit professional roles.
We would want students to be able to navigate this app ideally by class year
and interest area, as well as by their Kenan-Flagler student status.
Samara Reynolds (UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School)
Global Programs Travel Itinerary Database
Policy: all students travelling on UNC Programs are required to submit their travel
itineraries (inc flight itinerary) to UNC's Global Travel Registry
Challenge: the current site is not easy to update and is not compatible with
a mobile device
Need: an app that will enable students to easily enter their travel information
to encourage use; which will enable UNC to more easily track down students
in case of emergency.
Contact: Andrew Hunt (at UNC Global) is the primary contact for the database.
I have discussed this with him and asked if he is okay with us proceeding to
develop an app that will 'feed' info to the global travel registry.
Fields currently requested on global travel registry:
Cell phone number abroad
Emergency Contact Info (enter this info one time only; will autopopulate)
Dates of trip Destination country Nearest city Actual city
(if different from destination city) - can this be automatically tracked if
Address at destination (i.e. hotel)
Phone number at destination
F. Monrose, D. Stotts (UNC Comp Sci)
Bricks is a programming environment that supports active learning for introductory programming.
It also serves as an interface for students and instructors to view the collected body of work each
student has done over the semester. Administrators also have a "dash board" to view class progress
on an assignment in real time. Students are able to request help on a problem in real time as well
and receive replies through the system.
We wish to create a verison of Bricks that will support non-programming oriented classes.
The target class for the project is Dr. Monrose's Security Lab. Features to create include:
- Help system adapted to the sort of work done in security lab
- grading assistance for manual review of work
- technical structure for groups of students to review each others work
- Database additions for new data formats