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ECE grad student part of first-place team at HackIllinois

Brendan Alvey, a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was part of a four-person team that earned first place honors at the 2016 HackIllinois software competition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign last weekend. The team also took won a prize from Microsoft for best use of their application program interface.

Alvey teamed with Evan Desantola of Carnegie Mellon and Pranjal Daga and Suyash Gupta of Purdue to put together a web application called “NeuroDoc,” doing so within the 36-hour window allotted for the competition. The app’s main function was to automatically detect neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.

“We used accelerometer, handwritten signature and speech data to detect tremors and stutters. It was implemented as a web app that lets you upload data for each, then it analyzes it and gives you scores and recommendations based on those scores,” Alvey said.

The main goal of the event was to “empower students to create meaningful additions to the field of technology” while also fostering creativity and a sense of community. The team earned $1,000 and a Dell Venue 8 Pro for their work.