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Ateneo ECCE teams bag awards in 4th Smart SWEEP.

  in by EngObien

Out of 59 mobile solutions submitted as entries from colleges and universities in the country, two teams of fifth year ECE students triumphed on the recently concluded 4th Smart SWEEP Innovation and Excellence Awards held last Feb. 1-2 at the Trade Hall of SM Cebu City. This year's theme is "Going Wireless for Disaster Preparedness", which addresses the country's growing need to improve its ability to respond to the threat of disaster. All teams were tasked to come up with wireless service applications accessed via the Smart network using SMS, MMS, WAP, GPRS, SIP, voice, 3G, wireless broadband or Bluetooth.

SMART FAST (Flood Alert Service Texts) emerged as the first runner up with a cash prize of Php300,000. It proposes the use of SMS to automatically collect and transmit data from sensors that determine flood levels in rivers and other bodies of water. This system also integrates services that allow for community participation during disasters through donation (Smart Money transfer services) and evacuation site status reports. The goal of the system is to prepare the community and the entire government machinery to anticipate the onset of and respond to possible damage caused by flood.

The members of the team are Adrin V. del Rosario (Team Leader, V - BS ECE), Roy Khristopher O. Bayot (V - BS ECE), and Archie Q. Dolit (V - BS ECE).

Second runner up went to SMART-GUARDS (SMART-Geared Up for Automated Response Disaster System), a wireless disease outbreak tracking system that monitors and provides information, description, alert dissemination protocols, and mathematical analysis accessible via the Internet, SMS, and MMS. Based on the data provided by hospitals and authorized health centers, the system is able to track and map trends, patterns, and the degrees of outbreak for a particular city using mathematical algorithms and software image processing. Essentially, this system protects Filipinos from viral and epidemic outbreaks such as dengue, bird flu, capillariasis and other contagious diseases.

Jimson G. Ngeo (Team Leader, V - BS ECE), Adriell Matthew Julius A. Dagasuan (V - BS ECE), Chrisandro M. Favila (V - BS ECE), and Jan Lester Gerard M. Lofranco (V - BS ECE), are the members of the team who received Php150,000 cash prize and the People's Choice Award.

The university also received equivalent amounts in the form of grants.

Another team made it as finalist, Smart Disaster Aversion, which integrates different inexpensive and easy to deploy sensors in order to prevent, empower, and locate the subscribers of impending disasters such as flood, typhoon, landslide, and earthquake. The SDA team is composed of Ted Angelo T. Chua (Team Leader - V - BS ECE), Mark David G. Abat (V - BS ECE), Jose Raphael C. Arenas (V - BS ECE), and Adrian Joseph C. Mozo (V - BS ECE), who received Php35,000.

All the three teams were mentored by Engr. Marie Engelene J. Obien. Support to the teams was provided by the SWEEP laboratory under the supervision of Engr. Maria Leonora C. Guico.

A highlight of the event is the PalaECEpan quiz contest, where 37 ECE student representatives from colleges and universities nationwide converged. Daryl Aaron C. Gaerlan (V - BS ECE), topped his group elimination round and made it to the finals, in which he won third place. He was mentored by Engr. Maria Leonora C. Guico.

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New Readings from the Innovation and Technology Class.

Here we present Hot New Reading materials that supplement the discussions in the Innovation and Technology Class. Welcome to the Commission on Science and Technology and Engineering that is studying the competitiveness of Philippines in S&T. We invite readers to comment on the different papers.

South Korea science prepares to take on the world by Choe Sang-Hun (taken from the International Herald Tribune Online -- January 18, 2008). Radical changes are happening in the education of scientists and engineers at KAIST. Led by a 71 year old University President, who spent many years at MIT as a Faculty member, has required teaching in English, emphasis on innovative research and less bookish learning. (Could we ever do something similar in the Philippines?)

Eight Business Technologies to Watch (by J. Manyika, R. Roberts and K. Sprague in The McKinsey Quarterly Online -- December 2007). The authors review eight new technology-based trends that businesses can use to enhance decision making, lower business costs, tap new global talent pools, and seize new business opportunities.

The $1.4 Trillion Question (by James Fallows in The Atlantic Online -- January/ February 2008). This is a terrific article that explains the very precarious situation the US is in with respect to dealing with China. The basic equation is really scary: the Chinese are subsidizing the American way of life. China has a 50 % savings rate (albeit an enforced rate) and the US is at zero savings rate. Can this situation persist? What are the consequences of a radical change in this relationship? (We ought to be asking: How does this relationship affect the Philippines’ ability to compete?)

Why Apple Isn’t Japanese (by Christian Caryl in Newsweek Online -- December 1, 2008). Basic question: how could technological giants like NTT DoCoMo, Sony Corp, being NEC stumble when it comes too innovation? What is not happening in Japan that is happening in the US?

Demographic Crisis, Robotic Cure (by Blaine Harden in Washington Post Online -- January 7, 2008). How the demographic crisis in Japan is hurting its ability to compete. Robots for health care is the rage for many of Japan’s high tech companies, but immigration for health care may be the better (but unacceptable) solution.

Yahoo bid may backfire (by Elizabeth Montalbano in MacWorld -- Feb 1, 2008). This blockbuster deal has everyone scrambling - Google is offering to help Yahoo fend off Microsoft, others are contemplating an alternative bid against Microsoft. In this article Montalbano argues that Microsoft will have to make major changes in its own strategy and product makeup to make taking on Google a win.

Spread it!!! The WHYNOT? FORUM: Inspiring Filipino ingenuity.



The Why Not? Forum ( ) is inspired by TEDTalks ( ), wherein leading thinkers and doers around the globe share their thoughts, ideas, dreams, and experiences, which are then posted on the web as online videos for all the world to see. We envision The Why Not? Forum to be the Filipino version.

The Why Not? Forum is a smorgasboard of great, brave ideas --- an open-source innovation soup that will hopefully inspire other Filipinos to connect adjunct thoughts, take impactful action, and weave together new breakthrough ideas — redefining and challenging the inertia of the status quo; All in the spirit of positive change for the Philippines. This is NOT your usual forum. It is NOT boring, stiff, nor bland. The spirit of the Why Not? Forum is impassioned, quirky, creative, revolutionary, irreverent, and innovative.

As such, the topics of the forum are not limited to a narrowly-defined set of fields. At its heart, The Why Not? Forum is about Filipinos sharing with the rest of the world their unique point-of-view in their uniquely chosen field. We envision this as a venue wherein diverse Filipinos –- everyone from engineers, artists, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, academicians, designers, people from government, writers, technology enthusiasts, musicians, etc — can get together to share their thoughts and ideas and dreams.


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News from the Innovation Class.

Text messaging from your laptop Text message failure in US

From Technology Review 12/19/2007

Zipit WiFi messaging devices adds cell-phone text messaging. Instant messaging and text messaging added to WiFi devices.

Why make text messaging available to WiFi users ? Why not ? Why can't we text message to landlines from our cells or text from laptop with WiFi to cell phones ?

Maybe we can have a higher level of service this way – priority delivery, guaranteed delivery in limited time.

Not sure what to make of this.

Network Overload in the US causes text messaging to fail.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Network overload: Happy New Year, your text message has failed By Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Geeta Citygirl just figured something was wrong with her phone when she realized the greetings she was sending as the ball dropped New Year's Eve were not getting through.

In Los Angeles, a half-dozen New Year's text messages bounced back to Reggie Cameron on Wednesday, more than 24 hours after he thought he sent them out.

In fact, so many people tried to send text messages on New Year's Eve that networks got jam-packed and many of the missives arrived hours later — or not at all.

”Think of any traffic artery during rush hour: You have a large number of people who are trying to access it at the same time,” said Joe Farren, assistant vice president of public affairs for CTIA-The Wireless Association, a wireless industry group. ”It's really no different with regard to wireless networks.”

Millions and millions of messages did get through New Year's Eve, and a minor delay in a holiday wish is hardly the end of the world. But there have been multiple occasions in recent years when getting in touch with loved ones was more vital — the Sept. 11 attacks, the 2003 blackout, Hurricane Katrina.

”What happens where there is an emergency?” asked Scott Midkiff, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech. ”This has been a big problem with the voice cellular system. It will probably become more of a problem with text messaging.”

This is really funny cause, we in the Philippines have texting on steroids. In next week'[s updates our student will show recent results on text message clogging in our networks.

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Talk on Wii Physics: Accelerometer and Optical Sensor Applications.

by Dr. Greg Tangonan

When: 4:30 PM, December 14, 2007
Where: Rm. CTC-315, PLDT-CTC Building, Ateneo de Manila University

The talk is about the Wii Remote, or the "Wiimote", which is the primary controller for Nintendo's Wii console. The Wiimote can sense 3D motion using an accelerometer and an optical sensor. The accelerometer may be used to analyze the 3D acceleration vs time graphs of tennis/golf swings, weightlifting, and handwriting. The optical sensor may be used to pinpoint objects on a screen using an infrared sensor---a 3D optical mouse. Current research is on the recovery of position vs time curves and power optimization algorithms. Faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students of ECCE, DISCS, and Physics Departments are encouraged to attend, especially those looking for thesis topics.

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