Cooper Union Engineering Students Named Finalists at Mount Sinai Health Hackathon

POSTED ON: October 17, 2019

For the third year in a row, students of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering have been selected as finalists in the annual Mount Sinai Health Hackathon, a transdisciplinary competition focused on creating novel technology solutions for problems in healthcare. Do Hyung Kwon EE'21 and Paulo Serodio ChE'21 will share a $2500 prize with the other members of their team who spent 48 hours developing “Deliberate,” a system designed to improve psychotherapy quality of care through confidential recording and analysis. Twenty teams participated, each made up of undergrads, grad students, Ph.Ds, MDs, and others currently in related industries.

This year the focus of the hackathon was, “Artificial Intelligence – Expanding the Limits of Human Performance.” Team Deliberate demonstrated that generative adversarial networks and variational autoencoder models, both classes of machine learning, can be used for video anonymization of a person without the loss of facial expressions. They also used Google cloud service related to natural language processing for auto-transcription and summarization to further improve work performance and client outcomes. In early 2020 the team, along with the other two finalist teams, will participate in the Mount Sinai Innovation Showcase where they will receive feedback from a panel of judges.

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