ExpoSItion 2014 winners announced

Students from the winning DAYA project team. From left: Huaying Song, Kejia Shao, Jiye Huang, and Runze Li

DAYA won the $1,000 prize for the best overall project presentation at this year’s exposition, the annual UMSI student showcase of research projects and innovative applications, held on Monday, March 24 in the Michigan League Ballroom. Winners were chosen by popular vote of those who attended the event.

Students Kejia Shao, Jiye Huang, Huaying Song, Runze Li and Jinxi Wu designed DAYA, a system designed for monitoring and enhancing children’s oral hygiene. 

Honorable mention for overall presentation and $200 went to Chorlody. Team members Yang Liu, Ni Yan, and Dili Hu designed the rhythm action learning game that helps music learners develop abilities in recognizing chord progressions.

Other project winners include…


  • First prize ($1,000): CourseBoard – A prototype dashboard that visually summarizes student end-of-course evaluations.
    Students: Adam Levick, Florence Lee

  • Honorable Mention ($200): Electronic Preservation Challenges of Human Rights Violations Evidence – Two case studies (Amnesty International US and YouTube Human Rights Channel-Witness) focusing on long-term preservation policies and strategies around digital-born evidence.
    Student: Maria Inmaculada Aleixos Borras


  • First prize ($1,000): Where is the bus when? – A first step to improving the Jackson Area Transportation Authority (JATA) and meet the city's goal of engaging riders and potential riders.
    Students: Marlon Phillips, Vaishnav Kameswaran, Stephen Liu

  • Honorable Mention ($200): Tips by Text – A system that allows citizens in the city of Jackson to anonymously send crime tips and other information to the Jackson Police Department to enhance safety and begin to combat the reluctance that citizens have about providing information to the Jackson Police Department.
    Students: Angela Ng, Joshua Sanchez, Yeshesvi Kadiyala


  • First prize ($1,000): Nuwa – Enhancing the pregnancy experience for expectant parents.
    Students: Yuan Gao, Yu-Hsuan Lin, Xin Liu, Xinying Li

  • Honorable Mention ($200): ResMaps – A system for resume analytics to improve job search performance.
    Student: Sanmeet Kanhere, Eric Koo

View the online gallery of all expoSItion projects.

Event sponsors Boeing Corporation and Yahoo! provided the cash prizes for the awards.

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014