UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Students who provide solutions in health, education, environment, and humanitarian work make a difference in the world around them through the work they apply as part of Nittany AI Alliance. Several of them received additional funding to continue their work in the field of artificial intelligence in “Artificial Intelligence Exhibition for Good” On September 8.
Akanksha Anand has a master’s degree in professional studies in data analytics at Penn State Great Valley and is part of the student team that received $15,000 to create iLenz, a tool that uses artificial intelligence to provide early detection of eye diseases and promote regular monitoring at home. The team developed the solution while competing in the 2022 Nittany AI Challenge.
“It was a great experience working with the team for a great project that will affect so many people,” said Anand. “I am really pleased and humbled to have been chosen as the winner and it gives us a real motivation to move forward with this project.”
Anand’s team members, who are also working towards a master’s degree in professional studies in data analytics at Penn State Great Valley, include Abhay Shamu Haredas, Dominic Thomas, Namrata Sri Mateti, and Parv Bhatt.
Two other teams competing in the 2022 Nittany AI Challenge received $5,000 each to further develop their solutions:
—LexNectare is a tool designed to guide attorneys or law students who provide a free service through the legal elements of a claim that increases a client’s chance of success. It was developed by Anthony Fernando, Scott Lovejoy, Jeremy Garcia, and Ljubomir Avdjisky, all students at Penn State Dickinson Law in Carlisle.
SchizophrenAI is a tool designed to help medical professionals identify schizophrenia objectively through online examinations. Developed by Loc Phan, Eberly College of Science; Maria Czora and Gia Nguyen, Faculty of Information Science and Technology; Carlton Jarmon, Smell Business School; Parker Seal, Thomas Fultz, John Keeling, Frederick Sion, and Samarth Terry, College of Engineering. All students are enrolled at Penn State University.
Brad Zdenek, innovation strategist at the Nittany AI Alliance, said the students pursued their passion for developing impactful solutions.
“Through the year-long Nittany AI Challenge, these teams searched for solutions that make this world a better place by providing equitable access to legal resources, inexpensive diagnostic tools, and cutting-edge mental health advances in rural areas and developing countries,” Zdenek said. They did so under severe pressure from balancing workload and the many distractions in student life. These students, along with the students in all of our programs, truly are among the best of the best in Pennsylvania.”
Five alumni of the Nittany AI Challenge and Advance Program have been honored for their work in the field of artificial intelligence with prizes of $1,000 each from the Penn State sponsored AI Excellence Awards Jonathan and Alana Dumbrot. The recipients are Patrick ElsieMark Del Grande, Joshua Faimus and Hrithik Parmar, College of Engineering; Jianxiang Gao from the College of Engineering and Eberley College of Science.
Elise is also the president of the Nittany AI Student Association. He said his experience with the Nittany AI Alliance, along with feedback from community members, led his executive team to launch the “Nittany AI Leadership Academy.”
“This program aims to prepare first- and second-year students for the Nittany AI Challenge and Advance programs,” Elise said. “The curriculum contains a combination of introductory, technical and entrepreneurship lessons, giving students a foundation to perform well in the more advanced Nittany AI programs.”
Nittany AI Alliance programs are made possible by funding from industry leaders and collaborators including Dataiku, Leidos, Microsoft, IBM, Lockheed and John Deere.
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