EyeBall, a product aimed at improving visibility in the recruitment process for basketball players from foreign high schools, was the big winner of the BU Spark! Demo Day on April 30, winning the Judges Choice Award. The Demo Day is a biannual event where students present the innovative projects they have been working on throughout the semester.
Students can choose to take one of two routes at BU Spark! the University’s technology incubator and experiential learning lab for student-led computation and data management projects, and both offer course credit: Innovation Fellows work on original projects, such as EyeBall, while X-Lab participants help outside organizations improve existing products.
Last year EyeBall Team Leader Sameer Chaturvedi (CAS’21) got in touch with a basketball coach in Spain who was interested. in the game tracking software that Chaturvedi was developing. The software enables broadcast quality footage of basketball games using an affordable panoramic camera.
“We get a live feed of the footage from the game with a panoramic camera,” Chaturvedi explains. “You can set it up and forget about it because the camera has a 180-degree field of view. The livestream is pushed through our pipeline, which passes it through our algorithm which automatically pans. It detects the action on the pitch, where the players are and where the ball may be, then it crops the 180-degree field of view that covers both sides of the pitch on one side of the pitch.
For Spark! The EyeBall team had to create a consumer-based product, so they decided to add athlete profiles, where high school basketball players can take clips of EyeBall-shot matches that showcase their skills to create a Visual CV to be provided to coaches with their academic information, statistics and their team’s file. Chaturvedi and team members Anthony Ter-Saakov (CAS’21), Arushi Gupta (CAS’21), Ayca Solmaz (CAS’23) and Hannah Huang (CFA’23) plan to add recruiter profiles to that not only can coaches look at the athletes, but the athletes can look at the schools that recruit them.
Student-athletes using EyeBall will have professional-looking videos to show off college, rather than grainy cellphone images.
“In America, people can attend identification camps, post highlights on [hands-free camera service and recruitment platform] HUDL and recruiters can recruit them personally, ”says Solmaz, from Turkey. “To be recruited [internationally], you usually have to be part of a national team. I speak from experience – my friends who were recruited came only from national teams. [EyeBall] allows everyone to be recognized.
Judges for the demo day were Langdon White, Laura Wright and Gina Doyle of Red Hat, Asad Malik of Philips, Durjoy Ace Bhattacharjya of medicalrecords.com, Michael Hendrick of Facebook, Roger Hunt of IdeaTrek, Matthew Miller of DocHub, Geri IBM Barrison, Prasad Kothapalli, BU IS&T Senior Data Architect, Gerard Shockley, BU IS&T Cloud Broker, and Wayne Snyder, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the College of Arts & Sciences. All award-winning teams receive a plaque and Amazon gift card for each team member.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” says Solmaz. “I was overwhelmed with emotion.”
Spot, a mobile crowd measurement app that helps UB students find quiet study areas, won the Spark Award! Innovation Fellow People’s Choice Award. It aims to eliminate the search for places to study, leaving more time for students to study. It was created by Evan Hsu (CAS’23), Tilak Agarwal (CAS’23), Preksha Munot (CAS’22), John Chai (CAS’23) and Katie So (CFA’22).
A data entry application designed for the Suffolk County Attorney’s Office won the People’s Choice Award for X-Lab projects. The app, designed by Nikita Jakkam (CAS’21), Jana Mikaela Aguilar (CAS’22), Anthony Chang (CAS’22), Justin Janice (CAS’21), Kari Everson (CFA’21) and Sloane Schuchman ( CFA’21), facilitates the digitization of handwritten recordings.
As part of the evening event, students working with BU’s new Justice Media Co-Lab, a collaboration between the Faculty of Computer and Data Science and the College of Communication that kicked off this semester to form a new generation of computer forensic journalists, presented stories they created through the lab, which pairs journalism students with data science students to sift through datasets to find stories.
A group of students, Angela Yang (COM’23), Shaun Robinson (COM’21), Kami Rieck (COM’21) and Mahmoud Khalil (ENG’21), worked on a report on the failure of the federal government Paycheck Protection Program to provide minority-owned businesses with the funds they need. CBS Boston handed the database over to the team and asked them to find a story, which the station covered. Another group of students, Bzu Shiferaw (CAS’21, COM’21), Melissa Ellin (CAS’23, COM’23), Kate McGowan (CAS’22), and Sangsoo Lee (ENG’21), discovered racial disparities from arrest data in Massachusetts. Their story was later posted on the NBC Boston website and reported by investigators at NBC 10.
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