Two teams from the Master’s Program in Data Science of UCU’s Faculty of Applied Science earned top places at the Queen’s International Innovation Challenge.
In the competition, at which the teams earned second and third places, projects are developed which strive to solve problems in various areas of human life. This year’s projects were dedicated to “smart cities” and urban infrastructure.
The participation of our students in the international competition was sponsored by the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation (UCEF) and the Ukrainian Credit Union Limited.
One of the teams of masters offered a project to improve urban safety with the help of microphones.
“We created a system which helps distinguish various types of sounds in cities. The system can recognize gunshots, shouts, and sounds of accidents, determine their location, and inform the police. It is fairly difficult to implement such a system, inasmuch as infrastructure is required. So we used programs for collecting data with gadgets that have access to the Internet,” explains Vadym Korshunov, a student of the Data Science Program.
The other team developed a program that analyzes microclimate data and gives recommendations for growing vegetables in a city.
“We discovered that there is a lack of fresh vegetables in Toronto – one of the city’s current problems – and tried to solve it. Our team collected various data which would allow one to predict if it’s possible to put farms on the roofs of buildings to grow vegetables. The program collected much information: the geolocation of buildings, weather, air quality, and gave recommendations. Our project can be implemented in any country, inasmuch as the program collects data from the IP address of any city,” says Dmtryo Hlushko, a student of the Data Science Program.
The programmers created prototype projects which will be implemented in the future.
“The main question here is how ready is a certain country for change, and is business ready to invest in it. In Canada, we met very active members of the diaspora who work in IT and often travel to Ukraine. They were interested in our projects, and so it will be possible to involve them in their implementation,” explains Anton Shcherbyna, a student of the Data Science Program.
This is the fourth year that the competition has been held at Queen’s University in Toronto. This is the third year in a row that a team of UCU programmers has taken part. This year they competed against students from 14 countries, including the USA, Australia, Canada, China, and Germany.