A research team of students from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT) came back with a first place in the Ability Award category of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup competition in Seattle. The team also won an award in the World Citizenship Competition. The Greek team members, among 32,000 other students who took part in the competition, are: Despina Efthimiadou, Dimitris Iakovakis, Konstantinos Mavrodis and Vassiliki Mpikia.
Teams from the Polytechnic School of AUT, led by professor Leontios Hatzileontiadis, have a tradition in this competition, since it’s the sixth time in the last 11 years that they have been on the top selections.
“Prognosis” is an application which can diagnose Parkinson’s disease in early stages and support those who suffer from it.
The app can be downloaded in smartphones and works in parallel with the Microsoft Band. The app, which is free online, interacts with the user, registers differences in how the user walks, possible shaking of the hands, a change in how the user types, his voice, or his sleeping pattern.
All the data collected, which is anonymously stored, are transferred to a behaviour database linked to Parkinson’s symptoms, so their analysis can lead to easier and earlier diagnosis.
Winning the Ability Award means that the team will travel to Microsoft offices in Seattle in September, to elaborate more on the project and secure funding for the application.
Source: Athens Voice