Vaibhavi Sathishkumar and Kashish Rastogi Students Vaibhavi Sathishkumar and Kashish Rastogi presented a project during Computer Science Demo Day.

Demo Day a showcase for computer science student projects

300 Ouellette Avenue was filled with students, faculty, and industry partners for the ninth annual Computer Science Demo Day on Friday, Dec 14.

Groups of students stood in front of computers, eager to pitch their programming projects about applied Artificial Intelligence, agriculture, healthcare, social media trends, education and tech for consumer decision making.

Two MAC students, Vaibhavi Sathishkumar and Kashish Rastogi, showcased their health-care project called “DrugPulse.”

“DrugPulse helps people to know what medicine they’ll be prescribed for a diagnosis,” says Sathishkumar.

“We aren’t prescribing drugs, just recommending what you’ll likely be given. The user can discover how the drug is used and see how many people are currently using the drug.”

Sathishkumar points out it is better to have accurate information instead of just what turns up in an internet search, which can cause anxiety.

Co-presenter Rastogi says a second feature will be drug insight: “DrugPulse will tell you if other patients found it useful or not.”

Demo Day featured 45 presentations, including research and real-time projects from current undergraduate and graduate students. The downtown location is home to the Master of Applied Computing (MAC) program in the School of Computer Science.

“This is an exciting event for the students as well as the attendees,” says Dr. Kalyani Selvarajah (PhD 2020), event organizer and computer science assistant professor.

“We have students from a local robotic institute, and it is necessary to reach out to the younger generation in the community so they can be inspired by what is happening in the computer science field.”

Students from a local institute called Genio-Tech Robotics, which teaches robotics and coding for kids, took in the presentations along with students from the Windsor Islamic high. Joshua Stewart is a Genio-Tech Robotics student.

“I’m finding it pretty interesting, and I can see a lot of these moving on and becoming actually implemented,” says Stewart.

The following winning projects received awards at the end of the day:

  • Best overall innovative project: “VirtuHire” by Saravanan Chandrasekaran and Hayden Cordeiro and Jivin Varghese Porthukaran
  • Best research project: “SEERa” by Soroush Ziaeinejad
  • Best applied computing project: “I SEE YOU” by Khyati Makhija , Suraj Yadav, Aryan Gaur, and Yang Wang
  • Best presentation: “Smart Tire” by Abdullah Abdul Sattar Shaikh, Arnab Sinha, and Manasa Kondaveeti
  • Special project: “Demo Day Management System” by Nimit Hingraji, Rahul Bhadja, Satasiya Shyam, and Sanjana Kemparaj